For the purpose of tailoring a retraining program, both knowledge and skills are analyzed to identify areas
which need development and competency. A self assessment tool provides insight in the areas needing the most attention. This is done during the application process. All candidates are pre-qualified through a
II. INSTRUCTIONAL PLAN
PLS provides unlimited email and phone assistance and guidance for course preparation. Instructions on how to communicate with State Boards
and licensing agencies is available. Support and encouragement is unlimited. Based on the assessments, a recommended individualized retraining program is planned. The program will include the following:
A. a suggested number of seminar hours and dental science topics
B. clinical prerequisites and reading assignments
C. number of clinic hours and patient/client classifications
D. an observation and practice time schedule
E. recommended target dates for completion
Lectures and clinical practice are located at various sites around Connecticut that are
suitable to clinical education. All retraining adheres to the Connecticut State Law Practice Act. Other states practice act are reviewed and consultation to the applicant is provided.
Instructors are experienced licensed dental hygienists with varying backgrounds and expertise in education, general and periodontal practice, pediatric
public health services, and corporate sales. All are CPR certified.
V. TYPE OF INSTRUCTION
A. Individualized and small group instruction facilitates an ideal environment. Strategies for
teaching include lecture/discussion, peer interaction, demonstrations, self directed activities, lab and clinical practice, providing direct patient care. Continuing education courses that support the goals may be
recommended in conjunction with this program. Audio visual aides, typodont models and patients/clients support the learning process.
B. Course manuals and selected readings are provided. Textbook
readings are required for the hygienist out of practice for an extensive period of time. Instructional visual aides, typodont models, and instruments are available for study/practice.
Because of the nature of this retraining program, self evaluation of skills and knowledge are critical to achieving competency. PLS instructors will guide, direct and advise the learner throughout the
program. Competency is based on successful completion of the prescribed program and an instructor's recommendation.
VII. LICENSE REINSTATEMENT
This program is accepted by several states, but not
limited to, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Illinois, Virginia and Vermont State Boards of Dentistry or equivalent authorizing agencies as a continuing education re-entry
requirement. Other states have accepted this program for continuing education and/or licensure re-activation. The Canadian Dental Hygiene Registry has approved this course for re-entry training. Most State
Boards recognize the dental hygiene refresher program for continuing education license requirements.
Prior approval and a re-activation application is required by some State regulatory agencies before
registering for this course.
PLS is an approved provider for the refresher program by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc
(January - December 2017).
PLS is also recognized as an ADACERP provider of continuing education (May 2011 - June 2021)
Arrangements, preparation and successful completion of any required State practice exam, when mandated by the
Dental Commission/Public Health Department or any other authorizing agency, is independent of PLS Refresher Program training.
VIII. PROGRAM COMPLETION
Upon successful completion of program requirements, the dental hygienist will receive
-a certificate of program completion
-continuing education credit
-letter to authorizing state board by request
-letter of recommendation by request
To assist the hygienist in reconnecting with the profession, PLS provides information on placement services, professional organizations, professional
journals and magazines, products and other services.