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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Christine Wisnom, RN, BSN
Peer Reviewer(s): Toni M. Roucka, RN, DDS, MA
Item#: L0749
Contents: 1 Course Book (32 pages)
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Infection Control, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # L0749
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Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: June 17, 2016

Expiration Date: June 16, 2019


In the United States, an estimated 195,000 dentists, 200,000 registered dental hygienists, 300,000 dental assistants, and 35,000 dental laboratory technicians provide dental care to patients. During the provision of care, they are often occupationally exposed to infectious materials, including body substances, contaminated supplies, equipment, environmental surfaces, water, and air. Current recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are designed to prevent or reduce the potential for cross-transmission of pathogens from dental healthcare providers to patients, from patients to dental healthcare providers, and from patients to patients. Although the CDC guidelines focus mainly on outpatient, ambulatory dental healthcare settings, the recommended infection control practices are applicable to all settings in which dental treatment is provided.

This basic-level course explains proper use and handling of personal protective equipment and gives recommendations for appropriate gloving and hand hygiene. Instrument sterilization and disinfection, sterilization protocols, and the three categories of sterilizer monitoring are also reviewed. The CDC’s recommendations for managing environmental infection control are included. By understanding the concepts underlying infection control and by incorporating effective infection control protocols into their practice, dental healthcare providers will protect their patients and themselves.


AGD Subject Code: 148
Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.



Course Objectives

  • Describe standard precautions and other procedures used to prevent infection in the clinical dental setting.
  • Explain the use of personal protective equipment, gloves, and appropriate hand hygiene.
  • Identify the categories of instrument sterilization and sterilization protocols used in the dental setting.
  • List the three categories of sterilizer monitoring.
  • Outline the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for managing environmental infection control.


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. Her primary areas of interest are infectious diseases and infection control, and she lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on these topics.


Toni M. Roucka, RN, DDS, MA, is an associate professor of restorative dentistry at Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine, Edwardsville. She maintains an active nursing license and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and immediate past president of the American Society for Dental Ethics. Dr. Roucka obtained her DDS degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and master’s degree in population health – bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Roucka is a nationally recognized speaker on the subject of ethics in dentistry and has taught restorative dentistry at both Marquette University and the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. As a volunteer, she has provided dental care to underserved populations in Guatemala, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Tanzania.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.