California Dental Practice Act, 6th Edition

About the Course
The profession of dentistry in California is regulated by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, the Dental Board of California, and the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. The Dental Practice Act is the set of regulations that governs dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. The Dental Board of California, the Dental Hygiene Committee of California, and the California Department of Consumer Affairs have the power to amend or revoke these laws as needed, subject to approval by the California Legislature. This course provides an overview of these governmental entities and outlines the content of the Dental Practice Act, its attending regulations, and other statutes relating to dental practice. The content of this basic-level course was derived primarily from the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs Dental Practice Act, California Code of Regulations, California Dental Association Code of Ethics, and American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. With a more complete understanding of the California Dental Practice Act, dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants will be better able to practice within its guidelines. 

 Learning Objectives
  • List the agencies regulating dental practice in California.
  • Describe the scope of practice and initial licensing requirements of dentists and dental auxiliaries in California.
  • Describe the requirements for licensing renewal of dental professionals in California. 
  • Outline the prescription privileges of dental professionals in California.
  • Describe the citations, fines, revocations, and suspensions that may be imposed on dental professionals.
  • Describe malpractice claims arising from violations of laws and codes of ethics.
  • Identify the regulations on dental advertising.
  • Describe dental professionals’ mandatory reporter obligations and their role in identifying abuse.
  • Explain the poster requirements for California dental practices. 
About the Author
Arthur W. Curley, JD, is the president and a managing partner in the San Francisco-based healthcare defense firm of Bradley, Curley, Asiano, Barrabee, Abel, & Kowalski, P.C. After graduating with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1970, he obtained his JD in 1974 from the University of California, Hastings School of Law, in San Francisco. He is currently an assistant professor of dental jurisprudence at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco and an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Francisco. As a trial attorney, Arthur Curley has been defending medical professionals for more than four decades and has presented risk management courses throughout the United States and Canada. He has presented the dental practice course at the annual conventions of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for more than 15 years. He is an associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Curley has published several articles on risk management and authored chapters in five dental textbooks.

AGD Subject Code: 563

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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