Note: The mode of delivery and availability of courses are subject to change due to changing COVID pandemic infection rates, or FY22 funding considerations
Courses are open to dental officers of the Uniformed Services and civilian dentists employed by federal agencies. Enrollment for dentists not actively employed by a federal agency is extremely limited and will only be considered on a space-available basis. Most courses have specific enrollment restrictions and/or quota limitations (see individual course descriptions in the annual course listing). All dentists not currently employed by the federal government should expect to pay a course fee regardless of their past employment status.
To enroll in a course, complete and submit the Continuing Dental Education Application (see link below). Applications must be submitted via e-mail. Applications will not be accepted over the phone. Applicants are limited to two courses per fiscal year.
Link to NPDS Continuing Dental Education Application
Enrollment opens on 1 August. The priority for course enrollment is:
If you find you must cancel an enrollment request, please notify the Continuing Education Office to give the opportunity to waiting applicants. Thank you!
All continuing education courses begin promptly at 0730 in Classroom A of the Naval Postgraduate Dental School on the third floor of Building 1 and are held from 0730 to 1600 every day. Most courses include a "Naval Dentistry Update" presentation attended by Navy dental officers only. A 1-hour lunch break is usually scheduled from 1200 to 1300. Sessions past 1600 may be scheduled at the discretion of the course directors and will be announced at the beginning of the course.
Lodging and other pertinent information will be made available through the Welcome Aboard information that will be e-mailed to enrollees approximately 6 weeks before the course begins. Parking is not available unless you are staying on base. Those commuting to a course from National Capital Region commands are required to utilize the Metrorail system or alternate means to arrive at the Naval Support Activity Bethesda.
The U.S. Navy Dental Corps is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 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 boards of dentistry.
In order to receive credit, participants must be in attendance. Course hours will be divided into participation and/or lecture credit based on the nature of the course.
Method of Instruction: In addition to lecture presentation, some course also include participation in small groups, laboratory, and/or clinical exercises. For further information, refer to the description of courses (link at right).
Military attendees are expected to be in uniform regardless of their duty or travel status. At a minimum, attendees should wear the appropriate seasonal service uniform (see table of equivalent uniforms below). Working uniforms (NWU, ACU, ABU, ODU) are not acceptable.
Navy: Service Khaki
Army: Class B
Air Force: Service Uniform
US Public Health Service/Coast Guard: Tropical Blue Long
Civilians: Appropriate business attire (no jeans)
There is no course fee for dental officers of the Uniformed Services or civilian dentists employed by federal agencies. Retired federal agency dentists will be charged a fee to attend a course (see individual course descriptions.) The course fee will apply to either full or partial attendance at courses. Course fees will be collected during check-in procedures at the beginning of the course. Check or money order should be made payable to U.S. Treasury (cash and credit cards are not accepted for payment). Fees are not refundable.
NPDS Continuing Education
Naval Medical Leader and Professional Development Command
Naval Postgraduate Dental School
Building 1, Floor 3
Naval Support Activity - Bethesda
Main: (301) 295-0064
Fax: (301) 295-5767
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
0730 - 1600
Description of 2021-22 Continuing Education Courses
0730 - 1600
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
7700 Arlington Blvd. Ste. 5113 Falls Church, VA 22042-5113
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