Minnesota CE Requirements for Dental Assistants



  • 25 credit hours for each biennial cycle
  • Minimum of 15 hours - fundamental
  • Maximum of 10 hours - elective
  • *Note: you may acquire ALL of your credits in the fundamental category.


  • 1 hour of time = 1 hour of credit
  • Attendance at a state or national convention is granted 3 elective credits.
  • Additional hours of credit may be granted for hours of attending lectures, courses or table clinics held in conjunction with a convention.

Allowable Courses
Example Fundamental Courses: Examples of Elective Activities:

  • Lectures, Symposiums, Seminars
  • Internet, home study, periodicals (with post-test)
  • Study clubs
  • Advanced Education/College Courses
    (1 college credit = 1 CE credit)
  • Volunteerism, community service
  • Attendance at a state or national convention
  • Presenting a CE course
  • Self-study (ex. Professional reading, published articles)

Non-allowable Courses

  • Estate planning, financial planning
  • Marketing, investments
  • Personal health or growth

Core Subjects
A minimum of 2 courses must be completed in 2 different core subject areas per biennial cycle.

  • Infection control
  • Ethics
  • Patient communications
  • Record Keeping
  • Management of medical emergencies
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning

CPR Certification
Certification is mandatory per cycle. Qualifying courses are offered by 

  1. The American Heart Association offers the BLS course - certifies for 2 years.
  2. The American Red Cross offers the Professional Rescuer/BLS course - certifies for 1 year.
  3. courses must include:
    1. 2 person rescuer
    2. Foreign body airway obstruction training
    3. Adult, child and infant
    4. Barrier bag/mask device for ventilating
    5. AED (automatic external defibrillator) training

A self-assessment is required every cycle to be kept with other CE documentation materials and is granted 1 fundamental credit. This document can be found on the MN Board of Dentistry's website (see below).

Acceptable Documentation:
It is the responsibility of the licensee to obtain and retain complete and accurate documentation for their portfolio. Every form should include: name and contact info of organization/sponsor, presenters name and credentials or training that qualifies presenter to teach the course, course title, date, hours and subject matter. All documentation for a biennial cycle must be kept for 24 months after each biennial renewal period for the purpose of an audit.

The Board will randomly select individuals for an audit. If you are chosen for an audit, you will be notified by letter and have 60 days to submit your completed portfolio to the Board.

*Disclaimer: This information is an overview of the MNBOD requirements for continuing education. For complete and official information, Please click here to view the board's professional development page.