Infection Control Practices and Bloodborne Pathogens Training for Dental Assistants: A Preparation Guide for the DANB ICE exam (Friday, September 27, 2019)

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  • $139.00

A comprehensive review for dental assistants to aid in the preparation for the DANB ICE Exam or the soon to be approved CT ICE exam.  This course does not include the exam. See DANB information below for certified assistants. CDA, COA, CPFDA, CRFDA, COMSA, and CDPMA are required by DANB and the state of CT to be OSHA, Infection Control and Bloodborne Pathogens certified.

For dentists and RDHs that want to attend this class, it complies with CT mandate and provides 5 CEUs. This course also complies with NY CE mandate.


*NOTE: PLS does not claim that taking this review class will guarantee the candidate will successfully pass the exam. Extensive additional study may be required and is strongly recommended.

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  • CEUs
  • Date
    September 27, 2019
  • Day
  • Time
    9:30 am - 3:00 pm (9:00 attendance sign in; continental breakfast and light lunch provided)
  • Location
    Schein Dental Center
    Harvest Business Park
    101 N. Plains Industrial Road - Building 3 - Unit D
  • City
    Wallingford, CT
  • Region
    Central Connecticut
  • Target Audience
    Dental Assistants
  • Teaching Method
  • Course Materials
    PLS confirmation and handouts- bring to class
  • Course Number
NEW change in CT (Substitute Senate Bill No. 807, Public Act No. 19-5619 of 24)  Infection  control  competency  assessment  administered  by  a  dental education  program  in  CT that  is  accredited  by  the  ADA,  Commission  on  Dental  Accreditation,  except  as provided  in  subdivision  (2)  of  this  subsection,  (B)  a  dental  assistant may receive not more than fifteen months of on-the-job training by a licensed dentist for purposes of preparing the dental assistant for the [Dental  Assisting  National  Board's] infection control examination OR infection  control  competency  assessment,   (


This comprehensive review for dental assistants serves to familiarize participants with the requirements for the Dental Assisting National Board's Infection Control Examination (ICE).*

An interactive presentation will provide insight into recommendations for healthcare workers to implement and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for patients and providers in the dental setting.  Topics presented will address critical information and current practices for all dental assistants (or auxiliary personnel) required by the State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health for infection control.  The course includes several handouts, website reference, test taking tips and A MOCK practice.

*PLS does not claim that taking this review class will guarantee the candidate will successfully pass the exam. Extensive additional study may be required and is strongly recommended.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this program participants will:

* Identify regulations required by OSHA.
* Implement the current CDC and ADA infection control guidelines into a dental setting.
* Describe the modes of disease transmission, infectious disease and their relationship to patients and providers.
* Identify risk factors involved when working with bloodborne pathogens.
* Recognize potential risk factors and discuss prevention of HAV, HBV, HCV, HIV, and TB. 
* List the components and proper selection of Personal Protective Equipment necessary for Standard Precautions.
* Identify steps necessary to achieve proficient hand hygiene.
* Choose an effective way to implement work practice and engineering controls.
* List the proper steps for reporting and recording exposure to bloodborne pathogens and needle stick injuries by following a post exposure control plan protocol.
* Identify proper and effective use of surface disinfectants and barriers.
* Implement steps recommended for effective pre-cleaning and sterilization of instruments.
* Identify the benefits of biological spore testing.
* Identify Hazards Communication Standards


Please  note that DANB’s Infection Control (ICE)  exam became a  component of  the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification on June  1, 1993. The  ICE exam became a component of the  Certified Orthodontic  Assistant (COA) certification on June 1, 1994.  Dental assistants who  earned CDA  certification before June 1, 1993 or who earned COA certification  before June 1, 1994 and who have not  subsequently taken  the CDA, COA  or ICE exam after these dates will be  required to take the  ICE exam  prior to April 1, 2019.

       The Dental Assistant must apply to to schedule the ICE exam. The approval expires 60 days from the date of application.To apply for the Dental Assisting National Board to ICE exam, go to

Meals and course materials: continental breakfast and light lunch included. Reading materials are emailed to course participants (email provided at registration) upon confirmation.

Per ADACERP guidelines, participants must be aware that there may be potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating techniques and procedures into practice when they have not received supervised clinical experience or demonstrate competency in infection control. This course is strictly a guide to prepare for the DANB ICE exam and does not guarantee results.

Cathie Collier, RDH, B.Ed, MS, received her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the Fones School at the University of Bridgeport, where she later served as DH Clinical Coordinator. Her recent accomplishment earned her a Masters degree in Health and Healing. As a national lecturer, she provides training in Occupational Health and Safety, Infection Control, HIPAA Regulations, CPR and Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office. She has assisted numerous dental practices throughout New England with program recommendation and practice compliance. Cathie is a clinical instructor at Goodwin College of Dental Hygiene, serves on faculty at the Emergency Care Institute at Bridgeport Hospital and is a core instructor and member of the advisory board for PLS.

Cathie presents continuing education courses to dental offices and study clubs through Professional Learning Services.  For  information, contact Joyce Turcotte RDH, M.Ed.,
Disclosure: The speaker has nothing to disclose

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