CPR Class Content Requirements for New Jersey Dental Hygienists

Dental Hygienists in New Jersey 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.

State Board of Dentistry CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

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

Board Statement

iii) A maximum of five hours of continuing education credit shall be given to a student or an instructor for basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation courses and a maximum of 15 hours of continuing education credit shall be given to a student or an instructor for Advanced Cardiac Life Support courses.


Scientific courses applicable to the delivery of dental care by dental hygienist/auxiliaries including preventive services, radiography, dental photography, nutrition, patient counseling, community health, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification, and infection control;

c) The Board shall recognize as acceptable the courses of study and amount of hours credited in continuing education programs approved by the following, provided that the courses satisfy the minimum requirements set forth in this subchapter:
1) The American Dental Association and its constituents and components;
2) The Academy of General Dentistry and its constituents and components;
3) The American Dental Hygienists Association and its constituents and components;

Board Req. Board Info

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

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.

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.

Board Req. Board Info

Choose Your CPR Training Method

Dental Hygienists in New Jersey 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.


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Nationally Approved

US Coast Guard
Dental Assisting National Board
Academy of General Dentistry