Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting

Presented by Angela M. Stout, DMD, MPH and Mary C. Pugh, Esq. Neither speaker has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Created September 2021; Expires September 2024

Course is two hours and participants who successfully complete the post-test will earn two CE credits. 

This course will fulfill the Act 31 CE requirement for dentists, hygienists and EFDAs renewing a Pennsylvania dental license. PDA's program, Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting for Dental Professionals, is approved by the Department of Human Services and the PA State Board of Dentistry. The course does NOT fulfill the requirement for initial licensees who need 3 CE credits in child abuse recognition and reporting to apply for a dental license in Pennsylvania.

Upon completion of the online training, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand categories of child abuse as defined by the Child Protective Services Law. 
  • Recognize universal child abuse indicators and clinical, intraoral pathologies of physical and sexual abuse.
  • Understand the legal responsibilities as mandated reporters.
  • Know when, how and where to report suspected abuse, and what happens after a report is made.
  • Understand the protections for reporters and penalties for failure to report.
Participants will be asked to provide their full name, license number (including prefix), date of birth and the last 4 digits of their social security number. PDA will transmit this information to the state to verify that the participant completed the course.

Fees: $0 - PDA Member dentist (complimentary)
$50 - ADA Member dentist
$100 - Nonmember dentist
$25 - Hygienists & Assistants 
CE Credits:  
2 credit hours required for dentists, hygienists and EFDAs.
Also appropriate for all dental team members.

Cancellation policy: No refunds are issued for online CE courses.


PDA is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider 
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 boards of dentistry.
PDA designates this activity for 2 (two) continuing education credits.


Important registration information:
Non-dentist dental team members and non-member dentists may contact PDA at (717) 234-5941, Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to establish a username and password. After hours, email PDA's membership department who will assist you on the next business day.
1. Sign in to the website with your user name and password. Note: Every PDA member dentist has a user name and password. For most dentists, your website default username is your first initial, last name and four-digit year of birth with no spaces, no punctuation.
 The password is lowercase ada and your ADA number. If you don't remember your username and password, please contact PDA's membership department.

2. Click the Register Myself button. Pricing will be applied based on your member status.

3. If payment is required, enter your credit card information.
4. Click Submit Order to complete your registration. You have 24/7 access to the program for 6-months from the date of registration. Launch the course by clicking the Online CE button on the Prerecorded Events tab of the Event Calendar. Click the button Go to your Learning Center and then launch the course. If the course does not play, copy the URL of the web page https://learn.padental.org/topclass/ and add it as an allowed site under pop-up blockers. For assistance, Google instructions to add an allowed website for the browser you use to search the internet. Launch the course again.
5. Upon successful completion of the post-test, a verification of participation form will be saved in your 
Learning Center. To access your Learning Center, click the Online CE button above the list of courses on the Prerecorded Events tab of the Event Calendar. Click the button Go to your Learning Center. The verification of participation forms for online courses completed with PDA will be under the Completed tab.Click View Certificate to print the form or save a copy to your computer.
If you have questions, contact PDA  at (717) 234-5941 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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