Continuing Education Resources

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD) is dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of comprehensive cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care. The AACD fulfills its mission by: offering superior educational opportunities; promoting and supporting a respected Accreditation credential; serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas; and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession.

American Academy of Oral Systemic Health

The American Academy of Oral Systemic Health was founded in 2010. The organization consists of healthcare leaders and health professionals dedicated to expanding awareness of the relationship between oral health and whole body health. AAOSH membership includes and is open to health professionals from many allied health disciplines, corporate supporters and sponsors, health educators, and healthcare leaders. (

Academy of General Dentistry

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 40,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. The AGD is also the exclusive provider of PACE continuing dental education. (

Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice

The Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) Program aims to advance a national nursing oral health agenda through faculty development, curriculum integration, and establishment of “best practices” in clinical settings whereby oral health is a key component of overall health care provided by Registered Nurses (RN), Nurse Practitioners (NP), and Midwives (MW). The OHNEP Program is committed to increasing inter-professional oral health workforce capacity by preparing the nursing workforce with the inter-professional oral health core competencies necessary to integrate oral health assessment, diagnosis, and management, including collaboration and referral, as an integral component of nursing practice. The OHNEP Program supports collaboration by Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, and Registered Nurses with key stakeholders on inter-professional teams across health systems to promote national efforts to expand oral health access, reduce oral health disparities, and improve oral health and overall health outcomes across the lifespan.(