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The Epidemiology of Infection Control in Dentistry: Principles and Particulars of Protection - SPICE

Friday, August 20, 2021, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Dentist - $200; Team Member - $150
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Continuing Education

ADA CERP: Credit Hours - 6


This continuing education program is presented by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry. The UNC Continuing Dental Education program is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. UNC CDEs term of recognition is May 1, 2019 through December 31, 2023. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

UNC School of Dentistry is a nationally accredited provider. Regulations may differ from state to state based on current legislation and/or various certifying organizations. Individuals are responsible for verifying acceptance of credit hours by their state boards or other licensing agencies. Individuals should check with their licensing boards/agencies for specific questions.


Course Description
The NC Administrative Code specifies that each health care organization in the State, including dentistry, shall designate a staff member to direct infection control activities. The designated staff member in each dental office shall complete a course in infection control addressing seven specific areas. This course satisfies the required Infection Control training as mandated by the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE).

Who should attend?
New staff members, dentists, dental assistants, hygienists and the untrained designated staff member who has been identified as the person who will oversee the infection control activities in your office. Any time the person placed in charge of Infection Control for your office changes, the new person should attend the NC required infection control course for dental care offices training program.

SPICE is a required course. Annual OSHA updates do not fulfill the requirements of this law. However, this course will meet OSHA's annual training requirements (except for office specifics).

Please Note
Your annual OSHA-training course will not meet the state requirement for SPICE infection control training. The NC statute is very clear that at least one person in every dental office must complete the state-approved course addressing the topics listed above.

State Guidelines
This course fulfills the required mandate by the North Carolina Statute .0206, Infection Control in Health Care Facilities Rule, which requires that there be one person designated in each health facility (i.e., dental office practice) who has completed the certified or state-approved .0206 Infection Control Course. This course provides updated information relating to the NC laws concerning Infection Control Dental Practices; OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards; Epidemiology and Risk of Infection in the Dental Office; Outbreaks and Safe Injection Practices; Principles/Practices of Asepsis and Hand Hygiene; Disinfection and Sterilization in the Dental Practice; Environmental Issues in Dental Practices – all according to CDC, OSHA, and OSAP guidelines.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the current North Carolina communicable disease rules that govern infection prevention activities in dental settings.
  • Discuss the infectious processes and methods for controlling infectious disease transmission in dental settings.
  • Discuss the principles and methods of decontamination, disinfection, and sterilization of equipment, instruments and water lines used in dental practices.
  • Describe the principles of hand hygiene and asepsis in dental settings.
  • Describe safe injection practices and the outbreaks in dental settings.
  • Restate the OSHA bloodborne pathogen final rule requirements.
  • Discuss the NC medical waste management rules of infectious and noninfectious dental waste handling.

9:00am - Review of NC Laws Concerning Infection Control in Dental Practices
9:30am - Epidemiology and Risk of Infection in the Dental Office
10:45am - Break
11:00am - Principles/Practices of Asepsis and Hand Hygiene
11:45am - Environmental Issues in Dental Practice
12:15pm - Lunch
1:15pm - Disinfection and Sterilization in Dental Practice
2:30pm - Break
2:45pm - Engineering Controls, Work Practices and Personal Protective Equipment
3:45pm - Outbreaks and Safe Injection Practices
4:15pm - Question & Answers; Evaluations
4:30pm - End of Program

About the Speaker

Dr. Valerie Murrah currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Division of Diagnostic Sciences at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. She also holds joint appointments in the UNC School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine pathology and the Department of Otolarynology, Head and Neck Surgery. She earned her DMD from Southern Illinois University and her MS in Oral Pathology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Murrah was the first female president of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.


- M.B.A., Elon University, 2019
- M.S., Oral Pathology, University of Minnesota, 1983
- D.M.D., Dentistry, Southern Illinois University, 1980
- MA. Ed., Education, Washington University, 1977
- B.A., Biology, Washington University, 1972

Cancellations and Refunds
A registration refund, less a $30 fee, will be issued for cancellations received by Friday, August 13, 2021. Cancellations must be received by calling 919-537-3400 or email to The cancellation request must include: the name of the course, name of the person registered, name of the person requesting the cancellation, and the reason for the cancellation. No refunds will be issued after Friday, August 13, 2021
. The UNC School of Dentistry Continuing Dental Education Program cannot be responsible for the refund of any part of the registration fee as a result of emergencies, unforeseen circumstances, or events beyond its control after the cancellation date. Payments made by credit card will be refunded by credit card.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the University will fully refund registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, rental cars, or travel agencies.

Disclosure Statement
In accordance with the ADA CERP Standard V., everyone involved in planning or presenting this educational course will be required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and this information will be made available to participants at the start of the course. As a continuing education provider, UNC School of Dentistry is responsible for ensuring the content, quality, and scientific integrity of all continuing dental education activities for which credit is provided. The School is also responsible for taking steps to protect against and/or disclose any conflict of interest of the faculty/instructors presenting those courses.


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