There’s never a bad time to improve yourself. While the world is stressing over the coronavirus, one way to stay grounded is to increase your market value by expanding or broadening your skills. Whether you’ve been fully laid off because of the pandemic or your hours have been cut back due lack of patient appointments, these resources will help you fill your spare time and make you a better dental professional.
The following courses take just 1-6 hours to complete, which means you can complete all six within one month if you’re really dedicated. Whether you want to improve your skills as a hygienist or learn some practice management skills as an assistant, these resources will help you boost your professional value in no time at all.
OSHA bloodborne pathogen training
Prove to future employers that you know how to protect yourself from bloodborne diseases by completing the OSHA bloodborne pathogen training. The following lessons are included in the plan:
- Introduction to bloodborne pathogens
- Types of bloodborne pathogens
- Communicating hazards
- Methods to control risk of exposure
- Emergency procedures for when exposure happens
- Record keeping
- Final exam
When you’ve completed the training, you’ll have all the knowledge you need to protect yourself against the health hazards that cause exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials.
The course exceeds the requirements set by the federal OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. It takes just one hour to complete, but you can access the course for 90 days and complete the training at your own pace. You can retake the test as many times as you like and you’ll get a BBP certificate immediately upon completion.
Managing adult medical emergencies in the dental office
Another way you can increase your appeal to potential employers is show them that you know what to do in an emergency. Managing Adult Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office is a free course which takes just four hours to complete and teaches you how to diagnose and respond to adult medical emergencies within the dental practice.
The course focuses on the factors you need to consider in risk-assessment, how to recognize medical emergencies that are immediately life-threatening and need to be acted upon straight away (such as cardiac arrest), and problems that aren’t so urgent but still require timely stabilization (such as hypoglycemia).
A clinician’s guide to clinical endodontics
Many dental practices want hygienists to understand the diseases and injuries which can occur within the dental pulp. A Clinician’s Guide to Clinical Endodontics is a two-hour course that covers many aspects of clinical endodontic treatment, including diagnosis, administering local anesthesia, instrumentation/obturation and prescribing pain medication.
Over the last few years there have been many clinical developments and thought changes within the field of endodontics. As a result, dental professionals have difficulties keeping up with the most current best practices. After completing this course, you’ll have a thorough understanding of the latest advances in endodontics and will have contributed two hours toward your continuing education to maintain your license.
Aerosols in the dental office: best practices for patient and practitioner safety
The COVID-19 pandemic revealed how dangerous aerosol-generating procedures can be when treating a potentially sick patient. Aerosols in the Dental Office: Best Practices for Patient and Practitioner Safety is a two-hour course that helps you assess the risks posed by aerosols in the dental practice.
It also teaches you about infection control measures that should be implemented in medical environments to reduce the person-to-person transmission routes through standard precautions.
HR fundamentals for the dental office
Whether you’re a front office manager who wants to improve their HR skills or an RDA who wants to expand their responsibilities, an HR course is a great way to boost your market value. HR Fundamentals for the Dental Office gives you the essential tools you need to write accurate job descriptions, interview candidates, hire employees, evaluate job performance and conduct reviews, all while staying within legal guidelines.
The course meets AADOM Fellowship requirements, takes six hours to complete and provides you with access to the content for six months, giving you plenty of time to study before the exam. After you pass the exam at the end of the course, you’ll receive a verification of participation as proof of your new skills.
Financial reporting for the dental office
Show potential employers that you’re a great asset to their business by learning how to monitor a dental practice’s financial performance. Financial Reporting for the Dental Office helps you understand and interpret different kinds of financial reports and effectively communicate your findings with all members of the dental practice.
During the course you’ll learn:
- The principles of financial controls
- Variations in financial reporting for different kinds of dental practices
- Factors that affect productivity in dental offices
- The differences between yearly, monthly, weekly and daily financial reports
- The importance of profit and loss (P&L) statements
- How to create daily balance sheets and budgets
- How to effectively communicate with other dental team members
The self-paced and interactive online course lets you work through and review the topics whenever you’d like. It takes six hours to complete but you can access the content for up to six months. When you pass the exam you’ll receive a verification of participation.
Start earning more
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a dental hygienist, assistant, receptionist, or office manager, when you expand your skills, you can start charging a higher hourly rate and earn more. Educating yourself by completing one of the above courses is a much better way to take home more money than working extra hours. Not only that, but the more you learn, the better you can treat patients and help your local community, too.