Courses are open to dental officers of the Armed Forces and civilian dentists employed by Federal agencies. Enrollment for dentists not employed by a federal agency is extremely limited and will be considered on a space-available basis only. Most courses have specific enrollment restrictions and/or quota limitations (see Enrollment Eligibility listing for each course).
To enroll (or cancel) contact Continuing Education Office by: (*note enrollment eligibility when applying):
- Telephone between 0630 - 1500 EST. See Contact Us.
- Apply via FAX, e-mail, or mail. Include applicant name, rank, branch of service, duty station, preferred mailing address, and telephone number:
- Link to E-Mail
Navy Medicine Professional Development Center
Dean, Naval Postgraduate Dental School
8955 Wood Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20889-5611
Due to the extremely high demand for enrollment in some courses, military and Federal agency dentists should apply as early as possible. Enrollment Cancellation:
Please notify the Continuing Education Office to give 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, unless otherwise noted in the course schedule. Most courses include a "Navy 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 letter that will be mailed to enrollees approximately 6 weeks before the course begins. Parking for course enrollees is not available and enrollees are encouraged to utilize the Metrorail system or alternate means whenever possible. The US Navy Dental Corps is designated as a recognized provider by the Continuing Education Recognition Program conducted under the auspices of the American Dental Association. 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 presentations, most courses also include participation in small groups, laboratory, and/or clinical exercises.
In accordance with local regulations, the uniform of the day for Navy personnel will be:
Winter: Service Dress Blue or Khaki
Summer: Summer White or Khaki
Officers of other services should wear the appropriate seasonal uniform.
Non-federal agency and retired federal agency personnel will be charged a fee to attend a course (see individual course descriptions.) The course fee will apply to both 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 Henry M. Jackson Foundation (cash and credit cards are not accepted for payment). Fees are not refundable.