The NC Legislature has adopted NCAC 16R(I).0206 requiring NC dentists and hygienists to complete 1 hour of continuing education on practitioner substance abuse and mental health every 2 years. This requirement is NOT satisfied by the completion of an approved controlled substance prescribing course. This new requirement exclusively impacts NC dental licensees as no other health occupational boards have a similar requirement.
Details on the requirement will be announced by the NC Board of Dental Examiners soon.
This course requirement impacts over 21,000 dentists and dental hygienists licensed in NC and will cost an estimated $1.8 million. The proposal was spearheaded at the behest of the North Carolina Caring Dental Professionals(NCCDP) and it’s Executive Director, Dr William Claytor.
Dr Claytor also provides private continuing education under NCCDP aegis.
CE Dojo will be making available a course alternative to address this requirement. Stay tuned for future announcements.