CPR Class Content Requirements for Texas Dentists

Dentists and Dental Assistants in Texas usually 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 Dentists may also need a First Aid course as well, but this is determined by the employer.


Texas State Board of Dental Examiners CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

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

Board Statement

Chapter 257. License Renewal
Sec. 257.004. CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION REQUIREMENTS.

  1. A person holding a dental or dental hygienist license must submit at the time the person applies for renewal of the license:
  1. a written statement executed by the person stating that the person has successfully completed a current program or course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation that includes a demonstration of skills and a written evaluation;

CHAPTER 265. REGULATION OF DENTAL ASSISTANTS
Sec. 265.0015. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION. (a) The board by rule shall establish the requirements for each type of registration issued under this chapter, including requiring a dental assistant to:

2. complete an educational program approved by the board that provides instruction on:
b. basic life support;

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.

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Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

DANB requires Dental Assistant professionals to maintain a CPR certification for Healthcare Providers that includes practical skills evaluation. DANB accepted providers listed here.

Board Statement

Recertification Requirements:
1. Earn CDE credits every year. Earning Continuing Dental Education (CDE) credits is one requirement for DANB recertification. There are a variety of ways to earn CDE credits, including in-person and online.
2. Hold current DANB-accepted CPR certification. All DANB certificants must have current CPR, BLS or ACLS certification from a DANB-accepted provider.

Board Req. Board Info

Choose Your CPR Training Method

Dentists and Dental Assistants in Texas are required to do the Basic Life Support level of CPR certification for Healthcare Providers that 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 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