• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): John F. Kross, MSc, DMD
Peer Reviewer(s): John A. Molinari, PhD
Item#: L0807
Contents: 1 Course Book (34 pages)
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Infection Control, Cross Contamination, and Instrument Sterilization Techniques, Updated 1st Edition

Price $19.95
Item # L0807
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: February 17, 2011

Review Date: December 22, 2016

Expiration Date: December 21, 2019


This course is a refresher for dental professionals on infection control cross-contamination and instrument sterilization techniques. Areas addressed include infection control guidelines; understanding standard versus universal precautions; sterilization and disinfection of patient care items; goals for ensuring disease containment through proper instrument recirculation techniques; handling of contaminated instruments from the treatment room through precleaning cleaning and preparation for sterilization; the most commonly used (and accepted) methods of dental instrument sterilization; environmental infection control; dental unit waterlines biofilm and water quality; and other infection control considerations.



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



Course Objectives

  • Describe universal and standard precautions and protective equipment in the dental office.
  • Recognize the factors governing treatment of patient-care items.
  • Describe infection control procedures and the steps necessary prior to sterilizing dental instruments.
  • Discuss the sterilization processes most commonly used for dental instruments.


John F. Kross, DMD, MSc, received his doctorate in dental medicine from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia. He completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in oral oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry at the Medical Centers of Delaware (now the Christiana Health Care System). His professional training and experience include practicing general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware, and in New London, Pennsylvania, as well as instructing students at Delaware Technical Community College in oral pathology. Dr. Kross has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery, fixed partial prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics. He has been composing monographs, manuscripts, and continuing medical education courses since 1991.


John A. Molinari, PhD, is currently director of Infection Control for The Dental Advisor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also professor emeritus at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, where he served for 32 years as professor and chairman of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and director of Infection Control. He has published more than 500 scientific articles, text chapters, reports, and abstracts in the areas of microbiology and immunology, and lectures nationally and internationally on topics dealing with infectious diseases and infection control. Dr. Molinari is also co-author of the text Practical Infection Control in Dentistry. His activities also include serving as a consultant for the CDC, ADA, and hospitals in the Detroit area in the areas of infectious disease and infection control.

  • 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.