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Dental Hygiene Refresher Program (DHRP – CT)


Want to improve skills and knowledge, prepare for Dental Hygiene Clinical Boards, reinstate a Dental Hygiene license or meet CE mandates and requirements? The Dental Hygiene Refresher Program, est.1988, provides classroom and clinical experience, assesses clinical competence and prepares the participant to achieve professional goals.


April 26, 27 and 28, 2024



To determine if this Program is right for you, please contact Joyce Turcotte, RDH, M.Ed, FAADH, jturcotte@pls.org, prior to enrolling.

This program is designed to update a licensed dental hygienist, clinically prepare a DH exam candidate, assist a licensed dental hygienist to meet CE license requirements in another state, and/or assist in the reinstatement requirement of a dental hygienist with an expired license. Current philosophies, theories and practices are incorporated into an intense concentration of didactic and clinical instruction. Direct clinical practice is a major component of the program with individualized coaching. An initial assessment determines the educational plan and length of program. Appropriate instruments and equipment are provided at a state of the art dental facility for the clinical component of the course.

This program is accepted as a reinstatement / continuing education credit requirement by many state boards and professional licensing agencies. Some states, according to their regulations, may waive the DH clinical boards as a re-entry requirement based upon individual case evaluation.

General topics include, but are not limited to:

  • standard of care
  • ethical and legal responsibilities
  • infection control and bloodborne pathogens training
  • cultural competency/diversity, HIPAA, medical history and vital signs
  • oral assessment and disease detection, digital x-rays, data collection
  • treatment planning, documentation and record keeping, computer software training
  • oral health education, promotion and disease prevention
  • CAMBRA (Caries management by risk assessment)
  • manual and ultrasonic instrumentation, sharpening, care and maintenance
  • ergonomics
  • professional, career and continual learning resources
  • new dental products and technologies

Pre Clinical Course Assessment: Recommended for candidates who have been out of practice for 10+ years or have less than 2 years experience.  This 90 minute clinical instrumentation assessment precedes the full course and provides individual instruction, coaching, and remediation. There is a fee for this assessment.

Tailored: The course may be modified contingent on the candidate’s requirements and a clinical assessment. A virtual option may be available, contingent on candidate qualifications.

Teaching Methods: 50% didactic and 50% workshops and clinical practice.  Course participants practice alongside instructors to ensure safety when using new techniques and equipment.

Course Length:  40 hours.  Extended time is contingent on the learner’s needs/requirements.

Enrollment Acceptance Criteria:

  1. Graduate of an accredited dental hygiene school in the United States*
  2. Candidate for the dental hygiene clinical boards
  3. State Board authorization for license reinstatement and in good standing
  4. Currently licensed dental hygienist seeking remediation/ CEUs.
    *Exceptions may apply

Core Instructors:  Joyce Turcotte RDH, M.Ed., FAADH;  Claudia Turcotte, RDH, MS, MSOSH, Linda Hayes Lutian, RDH, Bobbi Wilcox, RDH, Cristina Petonito, RDH, MS

Experience: current dental hygiene educators and clinical instructors with decades of teaching and clinical practice. Several instructors are also business owners, national lecturers, industry consultants, CPR instructors, experienced specialty practitioners, and university/college adjunct or full time faculty.

Lodgings:  Group rate at the Homewood Suites Hotel, Stratford, CT.  Details provided upon enrollment.

Disclosure: Joyce Turcotte RDH, M.Ed. is a key opinion leader for Hu-Friedy Group, Surgitel, Procter and Gamble.

CE Provider: Professional Learning Services, LLC (PLS)

PLS is an ADA CERP recognized provider (11/1/2021– 12/31/2025). ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by state or provincial Boards of Dentistry.

PLS is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc (1/1-12/31/24). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry. 

 This course is designated for up to 40 CEUs   Check your state’s CE regulations for course acceptance.     

PLS is a recognized CE Provider by Florida CE Broker.


April 26, 27 and 28, 2024




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