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CPR Certification Requirements for Dental Hygienists in California

California is a unique and special state, and it’s one of the states that has recently seen a surge of support for online-based CPR certification in recent years. 

Just like any state, it’s important to know what the acceptance is for online CPR certifications. Below we’ve prepared a list of the specific approvals of ProTrainings courses for Dental Hygienists in the state of California.
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Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for California

  • Dental Hygienists in California are required to have a Healthcare Provider level CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support) certification.
  • The Dental Board of California requires Healthcare Provider level BLS/CPR, AED with practical skills component.
  • Most employers will require a Healthcare Provider level BLS/CPR.
  • Dental Hygienists are able to claim continuing education credits for BLS/CPR Certification from these nationally recognized qualifying agencies;

Course Content

Dental Hygienists in California need a Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) certification at the Healthcare Provider level. Required skills include; Adult, child and infant CPR, AED, and use of a bag-valve-mask. Some Dental Hygienists may also need a First Aid course as well, but this is determined by the employer.

Delivery Method

Dental Hygienists in California are required to do the Basic Life Support level of CPR certification for Healthcare Providers that usually includes a practical skills evaluation through a classroom or blended training process. 100% online CPR will only be an option upon the discretion of the employer or institution and is not always accepted by the state licensing department or for continuing education credits.

Some employers may require a specific type of training or may leave it up to the state’s requirement. If you are not certain of your employer's requirement, make sure to check with them about both the training type and the required course content.

List of ALL Board and approval bodies:

Dental Board of California

Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for California:

The Dental Board of California requires Healthcare Provider level CPR certification with practical skills component that is accepted by the Board, AGD/PACE, or ADA/CERP approved.

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Board Statement:

1016. Continuing Education Courses and Providers.

(C) The mandatory requirement for certification in Basic Life Support shall be met by completion of either:

(ii) A BLS course taught by a provider approved by the American Dental Association's Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) or the Academy of General Dentistry's Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE).

For the purposes of this section, a Basic Life Support course shall include all of the following:
1. Instruction in both adult and pediatric CPR, including 2-rescuer scenarios;
2. Instruction in foreign-body airway obstruction;
3. Instruction in relief of choking for adults, child and infant;
4. Instruction in the use of automated external defibrillation with CPR; and;
5. A live, in-person skills practice session, a skills test and a written examination;

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Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)

Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for California:

AGD requires to maintain CPR for Healthcare Providers that includes practical skills evaluation component that is approved through the AGD Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) program. AGD PACE accredited organizations listed here.

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Board Statement:

142 Medical emergency training and CPR
Training to ensure appropriate action in the event of an unexpected injury or illness occurring during dental treatment or within the dental office. Training topics may include medical emergency prevention; development of an action plan, recognition of patient distress and emergency drugs and equipment.

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