Dental Immunization Training Part 1: Online Training

This is a self-paced online CE course.

About this course

***Per Oregon Board of Dentistry requirements, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) module needs to be successfully completed to obtain your certificate, regardless of your plan not enroll with the VFC program***

Oregon is the first state to allow dentists to offer any vaccination to their patients! This simple convenience can help bridge gaps in care and prevent the spread of infectious disease. The purpose of this program is to prepare dentists with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to provide immunization services to their patients across their life span. Be a pioneer in the dental field and take this part one of a two-part certification course. This is an online self-paced course which can take up to 8 hours. Once you complete Part 1 and Part 2, and you submit all required documents, CDE will issue an immunization certificate along with your CE verification of 10 hours. CDE will process your submission within 10 business days. This Dental-Based Immunization training certificate program is based on the national education standards for immunization training from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with guidance and information from the Oregon Health Authority. This collaborative curriculum represents the fusion of science and clinical dentistry. The program, which emphasizes a health care team approach that will promote disease prevention and public health.

This course educates dentists about:

  • The impact of vaccines on public health
  • Dentists' roles in immunization
  • Strategies for improving immunization rates
  • Requirements for dentists who provide immunization services

This course prepares dentists to:

  • Read an immunization schedule and identify appropriate vaccines for individuals across the life span and special needs
  • Educate patients about the benefits of vaccines and dispel myths about vaccines
  • Safe administer vaccines to patients via subcutaneous, intramuscular, and intranasal routes
  • Operate an immunization services in compliance with legal and regulatory standards


Course Objectives
  • Learn the history of vaccines and how Oregon became the first US state to authorize dentists to provide many types of vaccines to patients of all ages.
  • Learn how vaccines work, various types, benefits, and best practices.
  • Understand why education and training, including annual continuing education is critical in preventing patient harm and harm to your practice.
  • Know the vaccine composition, precautions/contraindications, side effects, required documentation in the patient record, vaccine handling and storage, required continuing education and available resources including dosing and age-based immunization schedules.
  • Learn how to manage and overcome a patient/parent hesitancy, knowledge gap and fears.
  • Understand what SIRVA is, how serious it is, and how to prevent it.
  • Learn to safely give an IM injection during hands-on skills lab.
    • Note: OHSU is coordinating the hands-on skills lab for our community partners.
  • Understand how to navigate the ALERT IIS system, Oregon standing orders, and mandatory adverse event reporting in VAERS-Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.







Mary Pat Califano, BSN, RN, MBA

Mary Pat, Associate Director Infection Prevention and Control Instructor, Department of OMFS joined the OHSU Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department as a faculty member in 2014.  A graduate of the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University and Danville University, she has served as a registered nurse since 1982.  She has provided nursing care in acute, long term, rehabilitation, hospice and home health settings, having responsibility for community-based services for five hospitals concurrently, and teams of up to 1,000 employees.  Mary Pat has also served as an executive director for a large nonprofit organization.  She has been an educator her entire career, teaching leadership to graduate nursing students and managing medical emergencies and infection control to dental students.  She works with faculty and dental students in the didactic and practical aspects of the School of Dentistry’s innovative immunization program.


Oregon Health & Science University is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 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.



$150 Registration Fee

Target Audience

This course is designed for Oregon dentists with a current Oregon license.

Continuing Education

Upon completion of Part 1 and Part 2 of the immunization program and submission of required documentation, the CDE department will issue an immunization certificate and a CE verification for 10 CDE hours.

How To Attend

You can join this self-paced program from anywhere using a computer with a high-speed internet connection. You may also access this course on a mobile device with high-speed internet. We recommend Google Chrome browsers.


Once you register and pay you will be sent a link to the online course. You can view the course video at your own pace. Once you have viewed the entire video you will be prompted to take the exam.


The exam will instantly let you know if you passed or failed the test.


Upon completion of the course and a passing grade, you will be sent a course evaluation and a CE verification.


Please note that this is only one part of the two part course. You will need to complete both parts (lecture & hands-on training) in order to receive your Dental Immunization Certification.

Course Expiration

This course is valid 9/8/2020 through 9/8/2022. Per ADA CERP standards.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or are having technical difficulties please contact the Continuing Dental Education Department for more information:

  • Speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the OHSU Dental School Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.