Covid-19 has changed the way we do dentistry in all settings. Many patients may be hesitant to attend dental appointments for preventive care and outreach settings are likely not allowing dental professionals to provide on-site treatment at this time. However, as we see a vaccine that has shown to be over 90% effective and new therapeutics being developed, the promise of getting back to "the way it used to be" is on the horizon! This means an increased demand for preventive dental care and an opportunity for ECP-III trained hygienists to play an integral role in delivering care in a variety of settings. There's no better time than now!

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Continuing Education Courses

Two Online CE Courses Available through the UMKC School of Dentistry…Complete the Coursework from the Comfort of Your Own Home!

Spring Semester: “Extended Care Permit III – Online and Lab Course” (18 CEUs)

This course was specifically designed to fulfill the Kansas State Dental Board requirement to for dental hygienists who apply for the ECP III Dental Hygiene Permit. Dental Hygienists with the ECP III certificate can practice under the sponsorship of a dentist in a variety of public health settings including, schools and long term care facilities in Kan-sas.
The course material will prepare the student to: (1) Describe the requirements of ECP III legislation; (2) Assess for recognition and subsequent referral for further dental care; (3) Remove decayed tooth structure using hand instru-ments; (4) Place various types of temporary restoration; (5) Adjust dentures to relieve sore spots; (6) Place tempo-rary soft re-liners on dentures; (7) Smooth rough tooth surfaces using a slow speed hand piece; (8) Extract primary teeth with Class IV mobility; (9) Manage dental emergencies; and (10) Understand various pharmacological agents such as antibiotics and antifungals.

Course Basics:
Cost is $625 for 18 CEUs. *College Course credit available upon request
Online access to 8 topic modules 24/7
Cost Includes the Onsite Hands-On Lab Day Experience
Discussion Board posting with other participants
Full semester to complete all 8 modules

Course Requirements:
Computer with High Speed Internet Access
Microsoft Word and PowerPoint programs
For registration and information on either course, please contact the UMKC Continuing Education Department (Amy Widau) at 816-235-2142 or

Fall Semester: “Practicing in the Dental Hygiene Public Health Safety Net” – (30 CEUs)

This online course is designed to give the practicing dental hygienist a core understanding of how to enter and work in the dental hygiene safety net. The course will also increase the participant’s knowledge in the area of public health dentistry, including: health promotion, disease prevention, current legislation, evidenced-based treatment, school-based and portable dentistry, coalitions, treating geriatric and disabled populations, as well as how to write and secure grant monies. The course will give participants the background information needed to apply for the ECP I and II.
The Kansas State Dental Board requires an educational component for the ECP II certification.

Course Basics:
Cost is $500 for 30 CEUs. *College course credit available upon request
Online access to 12 topic modules 24/7
Discussion Board and Blog posting with other participants
Full semester to complete all 12 modules

Course Requirements:
Computer with High Speed Internet Access
Microsoft Word and PowerPoint programs
Textbook: Dental Public Health and Research: Contemporary Practice for the Dental Hygienist – By Christine Nathe (can be purchased on  


Please note that this course is not required to get an ECP I or II! Find application forms at: