CPR Class Content Requirements for Rhode Island Dental Hygienists

Dental Hygienists in Rhode Island 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.


Board of Dentistry CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

The Rhode Island State Board of Examiners in Dentistry requires CPR certification with practical skills component that is accepted by the Board and adheres to the Healthcare Provider level training standards of AHA/ECC or its equivalent.

Board Statement

216-RICR-40-05-2
2.6 Continuing Education - Dentists
2.7.5 Continuing Education - Dental Hygienists
2.7.8 Continuing Education and Training of Dental Assistants

All Dentists/Dental Hygienist/Dental Assistants practicing in a dental setting shall hold a current certificate of completion from an approved course in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers that includes a hands-on skill component and conforms to the current American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC), and is offered by any accredited agency approved by the Board.

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 Rhode Island 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
CAPCE
Academy of General Dentistry
Dental Assisting National Board