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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Christine Wisnom, RN, BSN
Peer Reviewer(s): Lawrence P. Garetto, MS, PhD
Item#: L0751
Contents: 1 Course Book (36 pages)
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Indiana Law and Ethics for Dental Professionals, 3rd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # L0751
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Release Date: August 22, 2013

Review Date: June 30, 2016

Expiration Date: June 29, 2019


This course describes the difference between ethics and jurisprudence and discusses the ethical principles outlined by the ADA and the Indiana State Board of Dentistry. OSHA regulations for dental offices and the CDC recommendations for infection control in dentistry are discussed, including the most frequent OSHA violations committed within the dental setting. The latest changes in the Indiana Dental Practice Act are included in this updated state-required course.


This course meets the two-hour ethics professional responsibility and Indiana Statutes and Administrative Rules continuing education requirement for license renewal purposes for dentists and dental hygienists.



Course Objectives

  • Differentiate between the terms ethics and jurisprudence.
  • Discuss the specific use of the five principles that guide the American Dental Association (ADA) Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Explain how the laws of Indiana and the ADA Code of Professional Conduct apply to dentists and dental hygienists.
  • Discuss the OSHA regulations that apply to dental offices and those that are most frequently violated.
  • Describe the recommendations for infection control in dentistry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Discuss the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard and its updates, as well as the Hazard Communication Standard.
  • List updates to the Indiana Dental Practice Act.


Christine Wisnom, RN, BSN, is a nurse educator for the AIDS Education and Training Center in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Her primary areas of interest are infectious diseases and infection control, and she lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on these topics. Ms. Wisnom has served as both a member and as the chair of the Infection Control/Biosafety Committee at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry for many years. She has published numerous articles and abstracts in medical and dental journals and has coordinated multiple research projects.


Lawrence P. Garetto, MS, PhD, is professor of oral pathology, radiology, and medicine at Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD). He received his PhD from the Boston University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics. He was the founding Chair of the IUSD Professional Conduct Committee and served as advisor to the Student Professional Conduct Committee, a peer review group in the School of Dentistry throughout its existence. He currently serves as the advisor to IUSD’s Student Professionalism and Ethics Association. He is past-president of the American Society for Dental Ethics and represented the Society as the ethics liaison to the Board of Regents of the American College of Dentists. Dr. Garetto’s scholarly work centers on the early development of critical thinking/clinical reasoning skills and on the development of professional and clinical ethics.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.