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DENTAL HYGIENE REFRESHER PROGRAM (DHRP) OVERVIEW

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Class Schedule: Thursday - Sunday, May 17 - 20, 2018.
CPR on May 17 is available in addition to the Refresher 
Please contact Joyce, jturcotte@pls.org or 203-261-2857 for details and registration forms. Attendance is limited.

GOAL: Dental hygienists shall have an opportunity to return to active dental hygiene private practice, pursue public health care setting employment or pursue other options requiring an RDH license.

The Refresher course is for hygienists nationwide who seek assistance in one or more of these areas:
        ~improve/advance clinical skills
        ~prepare for clinical boards
        ~comply with CE requirements
        ~prepare for employment
        ~build confidence
        ~learn new technologies
        ~develop a professional network

Following a recommended retraining program, the dental hygienist seeking reinstatement will be able to apply for clinical boards and/or for re-licensure. Currently licensed hygienists will be able provide current standard of care services by applying new skills and technologies.  Each hour of instruction earns one continuing education credit. 

PROCESS

I. ASSESSMENT

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 phone interview.

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

III. FACILITIES

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.

IV. FACULTY

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.

VI. EVALUATION

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

IX. RESOURCES

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.

 

The number of hours that are required to bring a hygienist up to current dental hygiene clinical and academic standards is determined after a phone interview and an assessment. 

The dental hygienist seeking reinstatement must adhere to their state requirements. The Refresher Program is designed as a comprehensive 32 hour class and clinical instruction.  Additional instruction may be indicated to achieve competency as recommended by the instructor for those who have had an extensive absence from clinical practice.  Course pre-requisites are selected based on individual needs and may take considerable time to complete. 
 
For individual, special or extra instruction PLS is open to discussion and consideration. 

TUITION AND OTHER FEES

Group Refresher or Individual Private instruction. 
Details are discussed during a phone interview.

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