SCDA Course: Oral Health Considerations For People With Special Needs

Oral Health Considerations for People with Special Needs is an online, self-paced course for dentists, dental hygienists and other health professionals interested in caring for individuals in with special needs. This course is designed to help oral health professionals become more comfortable providing care to people with special needs, and allow them to create successful oral health delivery programs for these populations. The course was developed by the Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) in collaboration with Pacific Center for Special Care at University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. 

Upon completion of this training, you will be be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of considering each individual's abilities when providing oral health care. 
  • Describe ways to improve the dental health of vulnerable and special needs populations in a variety of settings. 
  • Analyze various community-based delivery models and learn how to ensure the unique needs of disabled populations are being met. 
  • Describe ways in which learners could effectively collaborate with staff in facilities who work with special needs populations. 

Within the online didactic curriculum, there are 18 learning modules in total. Each module includes its own self-assessment quiz, and the final module will include a cumulative CE test. Successful completion of this course will allow the participant to receive 16 units of continuing education credit. All modules are presented by oral health field experts, and cover a variety of topics including: 

  1. Introduction and Overview on Intellectual Disabilities and Oral Health 
  2. Overview of Community-based Oral Health Delivery Systems
  3. Offering Behavioral Support for People with Special Needs
  4. Social Context for Oral Health for People with Special Needs
  5. Behavioral Support for People with Special Needs
  6. Preventing Dental Disease for People with Special Needs
  7. Treatment Planning for People with Special Needs
Course Components

 Each module presents information in the following format:

  1.  Presenter name, module description, and learning objectives
  2. A PowerPoint presentation with audio clips and presenter notes for each slide. You can see an example of a presentation here.
  3.  A "self-assessment quiz" for each module. The quizzes are set up as learning experiences, and are for you to use as a study tool. A score of 75% must be earned on the cumulative test in order to receive CE credit.  Participants will be allowed to take the test two times to achieve the needed score.
  4. Additional material such as handouts links to websites, or other resources pertaining to the module for expanded learning on the topics.
Course Information and Registration

To learn more about the course and register for the course, please visit the Oral Health Considerations for People with Special Needs page on the Special Care Dentistry Association's website.

Learn More

For more information, please contact SCDA Headquarters at (Please reference "SCDA Special Needs Course" in your email subject line)

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between Special Care Dentistry Association and University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.