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Dental Hygiene Refresher Program (DHRP-FL)


Want to improve skills and knowledge, prepare for Dental Hygiene Clinical Boards, reinstate a Dental Hygiene license or meet CE mandates and requirements? The Dental Hygiene Refresher Program, est.1988, provides classroom instruction and periodontal instrumentation on mannequins.


December 6 – 8, 2023



To determine if this Program is right for you, contact Joyce Turcotte, RDH, M.Ed, FAADH, jturcotte@dev.dev.dev.pls.org, prior to enrolling.
Registration Deadline (pending space availability)
October 16, 2023

Enrollment will open soon. Contact Joyce to see if you qualify and to be notified when enrollment opens. 

This program is designed to update a licensed dental hygienist, clinically prepare a DH exam candidate, assist a licensed dental hygienist to meet CE license requirements in another state, and/or assist in the reinstatement requirement of a dental hygienist with an expired license. Current philosophies, theories and practices are incorporated into an intense concentration of didactic and clinical instruction. Manikin practice is a major component of the program with individualized coaching. Appropriate instruments and equipment are provided at St. Petersburg Dental Hygiene Clinic, Pinellas Park, FL.  Seating is very limited.

This program is accepted as a reinstatement / continuing education credit requirement by many state boards and professional licensing agencies. Some states, according to their regulations, may waive the DH clinical boards as a re-entry requirement based upon individual case evaluation.

General topics include, but are not limited to:

•Infection Control, CDC Guidelines, OSHA, HIPAA, Legal Issues
•Cultural Diversity, Medical History, Vital Signs, Medications, & Illnesses
•Oral Assessment & Disease Detection, Digital X-rays, Data Collection
•Periodontal Health Assessment, AAP Current Staging & Grading
•Treatment Planning, Documentation, & Record-Keeping
•Computer Software Training
•Digital Radiograph Technique & Interpretation
•Oral Health Education, Promotion, & Disease Prevention; CAMBRA (Caries Management by Risk Assessment)
•Manual & Ultrasonic Instrumentation, Care, & Maintenance
•Oral & Periodontal Pathology
•Professional, Career, & Continual Learning Resources
•New Dental Products & technologies

Teaching Methods: 50% didactic and 50% workshops and manikin model with periodontal instruments practice.  Course participants practice alongside instructors to ensure safety when using new techniques and equipment.  20+ hours of pre-requisite assignments, asynchronous learning. Periodontal models and instruments provided.

Course Length:  40+ hours.  Extended time is contingent on the learner’s needs/requirements.

Enrollment Acceptance Criteria:

  1. Graduate of an accredited dental hygiene school in the United States*
  2. Candidate for the dental hygiene clinical boards
  3. State Board authorization for license reinstatement and in good standing
  4. Currently licensed dental hygienist seeking remediation/ CEUs.
    *Exceptions may apply

Instructors:  Joyce Turcotte, RDH, M.Ed., FAADH;  Claudia Turcotte, RDH, MS, MSOSH; Barbara Mulholland RDH, BSDH, MSDH
Experience: current dental hygiene educators and clinical instructors with decades of teaching and clinical practice. Several instructors are also business owners, national lecturers, industry consultants, CPR instructors, experienced specialty practitioners, and university/college adjunct or full time faculty.


Policies: https:/dev.dev.dev.pls.org/policies

Disclosures: Joyce Turcotte RDH, M.Ed. is a key opinion leader for HuFriedy Group, Surgitel, Procter and Gamble.
Sponsor: Lunch provided by TePe.  PLS recognizes the generous support of products made available by HuFriedy Group and Columbia Dentoform.

CE Provider: Professional Learning Services, LLC (PLS)

PLS is an ADA CERP recognized provider (11/1/2021– 12/31/2025). ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by state or provincial Boards of Dentistry.

PLS is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc (1/1-12/31/24). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry. 


PLS is a recognized CE Provider by Florida CE Broker.

This course is designated for 40+ CEUs   Check your state’s CE regulations for course acceptance.     



December 6 – 8, 2023




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Wednesday 5 – 8 pm, Thusday and Friday 8 am – 5 pm ET

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