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From Policy to Practice: OSAP's Guide to the CDC Guidelines (2022 Edition)

From Policy to Practice: OSAP's Guide to the CDC Guidelines (2022 Edition)Although the CDC guidelines are comprehensive, they describe only what dental health care personnel (DHCP) should do, not how they should do it. This workbook will help you understand and implement the CDC guidelines into practice in your own setting. For example, the CDC guidelines might specify that dental instruments be cleaned and then heat sterilized; the OSAP guide explains exactly how to clean and sterilize those instruments.

Each chapter of the workbook contains practical, how-to instructions, charts and checklists, pictures and captions, answers to common questions, and guidance for making sound clinical judgments.

Preview the first chapter here.

Learning Objectives

  1. Apply CDC dental infection prevention and control guidelines in site-specific dental healthcare setting
  2. Describe prevention activities related to specific dental infection prevention and control recommendations
  3. Describe how microorganisms may be spread in a dental healthcare setting.


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After a complete review of the workbook, you are eligible to take an online assessment to earn ten (10) hours of continuing education (CE) credit. The inside cover of each workbook contains instructions on how to access the assessment, utilizing a unique access code.

You will have two attempts to pass the assessment with a 70%. You will receive your pass or fail result immediately after completing the assessment. After taking the assessment your score and documentation of completion will be emailed to the valid email address you provided at the beginning of the assessment.

Note: You can only successfully complete the assessment once. You may not repeat it in a subsequent year for additional CE credits.

Successful completion of the workbook and assessment counts toward the education requirements for two certifications:

  • Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control® (CDIPC®) - A clinically focused professional certification
  • Dental Industry Specialist in Infection Prevention and Control® (DISIPC®) - An industry (dental trade)-focused professional certification

To learn more visit: dentalinfectioncontrol.org/certification/

Course Details

Educational Method: Self-paced, Self-Instruction
Course Type: Print publication
CE Credits: 10
Estimated time to review workbook: 10 hours
Post-course assessment: 100 questions
Compatibility:  Workbook (hard-copy), Assessment (Desktop, laptop, and tablet)
ISBN: 978-0-9752519-4-2

Course Credentials

Original Release Date: June 2004
Review Date:  August 2022
Expiration Date: August 2025


The CDC routinely reviews and updates guidance and will issue interim guidance in the case of emerging infectious diseases. Therefore, you should always check for the most up-to-date information by visiting the CDC Division of Oral Health website at www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/index.html.

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2022 Content Review Team

Eve Cuny, MS, CDIPC
Executive Associate Dean
University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Kathy J. Eklund, RDH, MHP
Sr. Director of Occupational Health and Safety
The Forsyth Institute
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Chris H. Miller, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Microbiology
Executive Associate Dean Emeritus
Associate Dean Emeritus for Academic Affairs and for Graduate Education
Indiana University School of Dentistry
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Shannon Mills, DDS
Shannon E Mills DDS, Oral Healthcare Consulting
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Ashley Quackenbush, MPH, CHES
Director of Education
Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP)
Disclosures: No relevant financial relationships to disclose

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