Dentistry in Long-Term Care: Creating Pathways to Success Course

Unfortunately, this course is no longer being offered. 

Currently, more than one million nursing home residents face the greatest barriers to accessing dental care of any populations group. As our society experiences a phenomenal growth in our oldest members, the principles of dental health are becoming increasingly relevant for members of the dental team, medical team, health educators, social workers and others. 

Dentistry in Long-Term Care: Creating Pathways to Success is an online, self-paced course for dentists, dental hygienists and other health professionals interested in caring for individuals in long-term care (LTC) organizations. The course is designed to help oral health professionals become more comfortable providing oral health care in long-term care organizations, and allow them to create successful oral health delivery programs within these environments.  

The course was developed by the American Dental Association (ADA) in collaboration with the Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. 

Course Overview

Upon completion of training, professionals will be able to:

  • Discuss the implications of society's aging population on oral health demands
  • Describe ways to improve the dental health of vulnerable and elderly residents in long-term care settings
  • Describe ways in which learners could effectively collaborate with long-term care staff        
  • Describe individual settings encompassed within the long-term care umbrella, and who is served within these settings. 

Within the online didactic curriculum, there are eight learning modules in total, each including its own self-assessment quiz. Successful completion of this course will allow the participant to receive ten continuing education credits. All modules are presented by oral health field experts, and cover a variety of topics including: 

  1. Introduction and Overview to Long-Term Care Organizations
  2. How are Long-term Care Facilities Organized and Who Works there?
  3. Getting Involved: Choosing A Deliver Model That Works for You
  4. Regulatory and Legal Compliance within Long-Term Care Organizations
  5. Creating and Organizing an Oral Health Program
  6. Working with Patients with Complex Needs
  7. Financial Considerations in Long-Term Care Settings   
  8. Establishing a Successful Environment for Daily Mouth Care
Course Structure

Each module presents information in the following format:

  1. Presenter name, module description, and learning objectives.
  2. A PowerPoint presentation with audio clips and presenter notes for each slide. You can see an example of a presentation here. 
  3. A "self-assessment quiz" for each module. The quizzes are set up as learning experiences to be used as a study tool and can be taken multiple times. (A score of 75% must be earned on the cumulative test in order to receive CE credit. Participants will be allowed to take the test two times to achieve the needed score.)
  4. Additional material such as handouts, links to websites, or other resources pertaining to the module for expanded learning on the topics.
Computer Requirements

Students are required to have a computer that meets specific requirements in order to participate in this course. See computer requirements here.  It is the responsibility of the student to confirm that their computer is compatible with course programs. Test your computer by opening and running the presentation tutorial here. Close the tutorial when you are finished by clicking the "X" in the upper right hand corner of the window. 


Unfortunately, this course is no longer being offered.