Currently, more than one million nursing home residents face the greatest barriers to accessing dental care of any populations group. As our society experiences a phenomenal growth in our oldest members, the principles of dental health are becoming increasingly relevant for members of the dental team, medical team, health educators, social workers and others.
Dentistry in Long-Term Care: Creating Pathways to Success is an online, self-paced course for dentists, dental hygienists and other health professionals interested in caring for individuals in long-term care (LTC) organizations. The course is designed to help oral health professionals become more comfortable providing oral health care in long-term care organizations, and allow them to create successful oral health delivery programs within these environments.
The course was developed by the American Dental Association (ADA) in collaboration with the Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
Upon completion of training, professionals will be able to:
Within the online didactic curriculum, there are eight learning modules in total, each including its own self-assessment quiz. Successful completion of this course will allow the participant to receive ten continuing education credits. All modules are presented by oral health field experts, and cover a variety of topics including:
Each module presents information in the following format:
Students are required to have a computer that meets specific requirements in order to participate in this course. See computer requirements here. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm that their computer is compatible with course programs. Test your computer by opening and running the presentation tutorial here. Close the tutorial when you are finished by clicking the "X" in the upper right hand corner of the window.
To register for this online course, please click on the link below:
To download a copy of the course brochure, please click here.
For more information, please contact:
Pacific Center for Special Care
firstname.lastname@example.org (Please reference "ADA course" in your email subject line)
For more information about ADA'as Action for Dental Health Coalition, please contact:
Barbara J. Smith, Ph.D., RDH, MPH
Manager, Geriatric and Special Needs Populations
The continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the American Dental Association (ADA) and University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.