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DE0015: From Policy to Practice : OSAP’s Interactive Guide to the CDC Guidelines

Date: 10/01/2011 - 9/30/2012
Course Status: Completed
Facility: Online
Location: Online
Level: Basic
Audience: Dentists, Hygienists, Assistants, Support Staff
Quota: - students
Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 10.00 (Total CDE); 10.00 (DANB Clinical); 10.00 (AGD - 148)
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The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider
The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

There is no need to "Register" for this course. Simply login to the CDE and Click on the link to take the ONLINE COURSE in the Additional Info section on the Course Detail page to receive credit.

The OSAP online program uses a variety of methods to help dental professionals learn how to implement the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings. Appropriately, the program setting is a dental practice. The dental team – a dentist, a dental assistant, an infection control coordinator, and a dental hygienist – take turns presenting OSHA regulations and the CDC Guidelines, reinforcing the message that infection control and safety is a team effort and is everyones responsibility.

Checklists, flowcharts, and demonstrations illustrate complex concepts to increase understanding of the principles of infection control and safety and show how to apply them in practice. Self-evaluation quizzes are interspersed throughout and can be used as a tool to determine an individuals understanding of the Guidelines and to identify policies and practices that may need updating. OSAPs Interactive Guide to the CDC Guidelines can be used as a stand-alone program or can supplement other infection control courses.

Teaching Methods

The format of the Interactive Guide to the CDC Guidelines is based on the adult learning theory that recognizes people have different styles of learning and that the different styles play a significant role in retention. Participants can read the content and, if interested, conduct further research on specific topics by referring to the resource list. Audio narration is available for those who prefer to learn by listening. For visual learners, the OSAP program contains photographs, illustrations, and diagrams. For those who like to engage with course content, the program is highly interactive. A glossary provides definitions and phrases used within the course, and a readily available help screen assists with course navigation.

The programs modular format provides the learner with options. Users can go through the course from beginning to end, or access the course map and menu and choose specific infection control topics.

Learning Objectives:

There are seven modules in the course. Each module has specific learning objectives.
Module 1: Introduction

  • Navigate through the modules
  • Understand the features of the course

Module 2: The Importance of Infection Control
  • List the components of the infection transmission process
  • Explain the importance of infection control.
  • Describe the four principles of infection control

Module 3: Take Action to Stay Healthy
  • Identify personnel health elements of an infection control program
  • Explain why immunizations are important and what immunizations are needed for staff
  • Identify infectious diseases that require work restrictions and describe the CDC recommended work restrictions
  • Explain the use of different types of hand hygiene methods, and determine appropriate hand hygiene practices
  • Describe the difference between irritant and allergic contact dermatitis, and latex allergy
  • Identify products that contain latex and give an example of an alternative non-latex product.

Module 4: Avoid Contact with Blood and Body Fluids
  • Identify bloodborne pathogens found in dentistry.
  • Explain the difference between universal precautions and standard precautions.
  • Define administrative controls and give an example.
  • Define engineering controls and give an example.
  • Name the components of personal protective equipment [PPE], and explain why and when PPE should be used.
  • Define work practice controls and give an example.
  • Explain exposure prevention and postexposure management.

Module 5: Make Objects Safe for Use, Limit Contamination
  • Classify types of patient-care items.
  • Define single-use or disposable items.
  • Describe the sequence of steps in instrument processing.
  • Differentiate the various methods and equipment of sterilization.
  • Identify the methods of monitoring sterilization and what to do if there is a sterilization failure.
  • Explain the potential of contamination in dental handpieces, and other devices attached to air and water lines.
  • Compare environmental infection control methods.
  • Describe appropriate disposal procedures for regulated and non-regulated medical waste.
  • Identify methods of maintaining and monitoring dental water quality.
  • Explain the precautions to follow during a boil water advisory.

    Module 6: Special Considerations
    • Explain infection control for radiology procedures .
    • Explain the potential for infection from parenteral medications and how to prevent it.
    • Explain appropriate infection control to use during oral surgery procedures.
    • Describe infection control procedures for biopsy specimens.
    • Describe infection control procedures for extracted teeth.
    • Describe infection control for laboratory procedures.
    • Describe appropriate infection control procedures to use with patients with tuberculosis.

    Module 7: Program Evaluation
    • At the end of this module you will be able to:
    • Explain why evaluation of an infection control program is essential.
    • Describe evaluation activities that can assess the effectiveness of an infection control program.
    • Discuss how the results of evaluation activities can be used to improve an infection control program.

    Continuing Dental Education [CDE] Credit Information:

    To receive CDE credit, you must view the entire course, pass the quiz, and complete a course evaluation. You will be able to print a letter documenting successful completion.


    OSAP is the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures. Founded in 1984, the non-profit association is dentistrys premier resource for infection control and safety information. Through its publications, courses, website, and worldwide collaborations, OSAP and the tax-exempt OSAP Foundation support education, research, service, and policy development to promote safety and the control of infectious diseases in dental healthcare settings worldwide.

    Disclosure Statements:

    Planning committee members and faculty for this course have completed the disclosure process and have indicated they have no significant financial relationships or affiliations with any product or commercial manufacturer that might constitute a conflict of interest.


    This course contains an audio portion or soundtrack. Please turn on your speakers or use headphones.

  • Disclosure Policy:

    It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

    None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

    Concerns or complaints about this course may be directed to IHS CDE Coordinator or to ADA CERP (



    Course developed August, 2005; reviewed July, 2008 and January, 2011.

    Tuition Payment Information:

    Tuition Policy:

    Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.