Question:

Will the Department permit alternative means to be used by dentists and dental hygienists to obtain and/or maintain the required cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification, in lieu of the in-person CPR course requirement, during the COVID-19 health crisis?

Answer:

Yes. Pursuant to a recent amendment to Section 61.19(b) of the Commissioner’s Regulations, the Department, in its discretion, may accept alternative means to be used by dentists and dental hygienists to obtain and/or maintain the required CPR certification, in lieu of the in-person course requirement, during the COVID-19 related State of Emergency declared by the Governor in Executive Order 202.  Such alternative means include online or virtual CPR courses provided by CPR certification providers approved by the Department, which are the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the National Safety Council and the American Safety and Health Institute.

 

The following is posted on SED’s COVID-19 webpage found at:

http://www.op.nysed.gov/COVID-19FAQS.html#DENT