About ADA CE Online

About ADA CE Online

Submitting Course Content

Technical Requirements

Registration Process & Fees

About ADA CE Online

One of the goals in establishing the ADA's Center for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) was to expand the Association's distance learning opportunities. ADA CE Online is an e-learning system that provides the dental profession with access to a comprehensive online CE library, accessible 365/24/7. The primary objectives of ADA CE Online are:

  • to bring new distance learning opportunities to dentists, dental specialists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental office staff to help meet their professional development needs;
  • to create a comprehensive online learning system for the dental profession.

Registrants may select from a variety of educational programs which reflect a broad range of contemporary information. ADA CE Online is the premier dental distance learning resource dedicated to helping the healthcare professional achieve a higher level of knowledge and information.


Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jeffery Sameroff

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Submitting Course Content

Course Manuscript Submission

All new course manuscripts must be submitted via e-mail attachment to ce_online@ada.org. Please contact the ADA CE Online office at ce_online@ada.org with any questions regarding submission of course materials.

Author Identification. A cover e-mail should be included that contains each author’s name, degrees, professional title, work affiliations, complete address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address.

Originality and Exclusivity. ADA CE Online will consider only courses that are original, have not been published elsewhere and have been submitted exclusively to ADA CE Online.

Submission of Revised Course Manuscripts. After the course manuscript has gone through review, the ADA CE Online Editor makes a decision as to its disposition: accept; minor revision; major revision; revise and resubmit; reject. In all but the first and the last cases, the author will be invited to submit a revised course manuscript.

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Category Designation

When published, the course content will be placed in one or more categories listed below. Authors should indicate the category or categories for which they are submitting a course manuscript, with the understanding that the Editor might deem the course content better suited for a different category or categories.

The ADA CE Online library contains the following categories or topic areas:

  • Anesthesia, Oral Sedation and Pain Control
  • Biomedical Sciences (for example: Head and Neck Anatomy, Genetics, Genomics)
  • Cariology and Caries Management
  • Community Oral Health and Health Policy
  • Dentist Health and Wellness
  • Dental Materials and Bio Materials
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Emergency Disaster Preparedness and Forensics
  • Emerging Technologies in Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Esthetic Dentistry
  • Ethics and Law
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Geriatric Dentistry
  • Implantology
  • Infection Control and Dental Waste Management
  • Medical Emergencies in the Office
  • Occlusion
  • Oral Health Communication and Literacy
  • Oral Pathology
  • Oral Radiology, Imaging and Photography
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Practice Management and Risk Management
  • Preventive Dentistry
  • Prosthodontics
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Special Care Dentistry
  • TMJ, TMD, and MPD

The specific number of continuing education credits assigned to a course is determined by the length of time a new learner would require to complete the course and the breadth of the content material. The Editors and Editorial Board assign the number of credits and ensure that all courses meet the guidelines established by the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP).

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Course Manuscript Format

Course manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word on a separate disk (CD or DVD). Formatting guidelines include:

  • one-inch margins
  • align text at left margin
  • use Arial font size 10 throughout except for superscripts
  • single spacing between all lines
  • double space between paragraphs, do not indent paragraphs
  • pages numbered consecutively throughout the document
  • grammar, punctuation and spelling should follow the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 9th ed
  • images and illustrations must be properly placed and labeled in the body of the course
  • images and illustrations must also be submitted as individually labeled jpeg or gif files

All course manuscripts must include the following sections:

  1. Title
  2. Title Description
  3. Abstract
  4. Learning Objectives
  5. Course Outline
  6. References
  7. About the Author
  8. Course Content
  9. Examination

Sections 1-7 are accessible by all visitors to the ADA CE Online Web site without formally registering for the course. These sections provide the individual viewer with the necessary information to decide whether to register for the course and earn continuing education credit. Therefore, a great deal of thought should go into the development of these sections. Sections 8 & 9 are accessible only to registered users of ADA CE Online and contain the main body (content) of the course.

Title. Great care should go into choosing the title for the course. The title should identify the subject and, at the same time, stimulate curiosity and interest.

Title Description. A short two or three line description of the course provides the viewer with further clarification of the title.

Abstract. The abstract is a concise synopsis of the course including the purpose and main points of the course.

Learning Objectives. Learning objectives are brief, clear, specific statements of learner outcomes (what viewers will take away at the conclusion of the course). Learning objectives inform the viewer about course expectations and provide a framework for his/her evaluation.

Course Outline. The course outline shows the viewer the specific topics to be covered in the content of the course.

References. All published references should be cited in the text and numbered consecutively. No references should be cited in the abstract. Each reference should be cited only once; on subsequent citations, the original number should be used. Personal communications and unpublished data should not be numbered. Authors citing sources from the World Wide Web should make use of WebCite. WebCite is an entirely free service for authors who want to refer to Web material, regardless of the publication for which they are writing. It is an archiving system for Web references (cited Web pages and Web sites) that can be used by authors, editors and publishers of scholarly documents to ensure that cited Web material will remain available to readers in the future. If Web references cited in ADA CE Online courses are not archived, future readers may encounter a “File Not Found” error when clicking on the cited URL. A Web citation archived on www.webcitation.org will not disappear in the future. For more information and examples of how references should be written, refer to the next section, Course Manuscript Style.

About the Author. This section introduces the viewer to the author of the course. Authors should submit a concise description, not to exceed 200 words, of their professional qualifications and accomplishments. The Editor reserves the right to ask for justification for each author’s inclusion.

Course Content. his is the main body of the course. The course material should closely follow the outline.

Examination. A minimum of ten questions must be submitted. They should be multiple choice or true-false. The examination provides the learner with a level of understanding as well as a tool to direct the attention of the learner to important ideas or concepts. The portion of the course content containing the correct answer must be provided as a reference for the incorrect answers.

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We recommend that prior to submitting a course manuscript that potential authors review a free CE course.

Course Manuscript Style

Basic style/writing requirements. The foundation of ADA CE Online style is the most recent edition of the American Medical Association Manual of Style. The purpose of any piece of writing is to deliver information. This requires the author to define his or her message and to present it in a way that is readily understood by and engaging to the reader. Courses should be written in active voice and declarative sentences for a clear, concise style. The overall tone of the course should be factual and professional. Authors are allowed to express a personal opinion as long as the basis for that opinion is stated plainly. For example, an author may express an opinion “based on long experience and intensive observation.” Other statements of opinion and all statements of fact require references from the appropriate published literature (dental, medical, epidemiologic, practice management, etc.). Authors are invited to write headlines for sections of their courses. Headlines should be as brief as possible while clearly conveying the main point or purpose of the course material. Short subheads also should be used throughout the course to highlight key points. All submissions, including headlines and subheads, are subject to change during the editing process.

References . As stated above, all published references should be cited in the text and numbered consecutively. No references should be cited in the abstract. Each reference should be cited only once; on subsequent citations, the original number should be used.

Personal communications and unpublished data should not be numbered, but should be cited in the text as follows:

(G Edmunds, DDS, oral communication, November 2004)

Citations in the reference list should follow this basic style:

1. Bader JD, Shugars DA, Martin JA. Risk indicators for posterior tooth fracture. JADA 2004; 135:883-92.

2. Cohen S, Burns RC. Pathways of the pulp. 8th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002:196.

Book chapter
3. Byrne BE, Tibbetts LS. Conscious sedation and agents for the control of anxiety. In: Ciancio SG, ed. ADA guide to dental therapeutics. 3rd ed. Chicago: American Dental Association; 2003:17-53.

Government publication
4. Medicine for the public: Women’s health research. Bethesda, Md.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health; 2001. DHHS publication 02-4971.

World Wide Web site
5. Hoffman ED, McFarland CM, Curtis CA. Brief summaries of Medicare & Medicaid: Title XVIII and Title XIX of the Social Security Act as of November 1, 2002. Baltimore, Md.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of the Actuary; 2002. Available at: “www.cms.hhs.gov/review/supp/2001/overview.pdf”. Accessed Aug. 2, 2004.

Publication in press
6. McCoy J. Alteration in periodontal status as an indicator of general health. JADA (in press). NOTE: Authors should double-check the status of any in-press work cited in their reference lists before submitting the final manuscript to JADA.

7. Eichenstadt L, Brenner T. Caries levels among low-income children: report of a three-year study. Paper presented at: 146th Annual Session of the American Dental Association; Oct. 7, 2005; Philadelphia.

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PowerPoint Presentation Guidelines

  • Bullet points shall not be followed by periods or colons
  • Use smart quotes (curved “ “ quote marks)
  • Use smart quotes (curved “ “ quote marks)
    • Labels should have initial caps for each word
    • All border lines should be 1pt thickness
    • Axis numbers should be 16pt regular, not bold
    • Percent values on bars should be 20pt bold
  • Spell out the first occurrence of an abbreviation
    • “CHD (Coronary Heart Disease) is common among…”
  • Use numerals (rather than spelling out) for compound numbers
  • Always use Alpha, Beta, and Delta symbols where applicable instead of spelling out
    • Exception: Flash animations wherein symbols are not available, spell out the symbol
  • All slide transitions should wipe right
  • References should be 12pt
  • Superscript all trademarks and registration symbols
  • Copyright symbol should be followed by a space, then year of original publication followed by a space

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Editorial Review

Peer review . Courses in ADA CE Online are subject to a single-blinded peer review process: reviewers know the identity of a manuscript’s author(s), but authors do not know the identity of the reviewers. Reviewers keep their critiques strictly confidential. Because the reviewers volunteer their time, reviews may take from three to four weeks to complete.

Decision. Once the reviewers have completed their critiques, the Editor examines their comments and makes a decision about the manuscript’s disposition: accept, accept with minor revisions, revise and resubmit, or reject.

Editing. ADA CE Online reserves the right to edit manuscripts to ensure conciseness, clarity and stylistic consistency. After accepted courses are edited, they are returned to the authors for review and comment before publication.

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Authors' Responsibilities

Content Author Agreement. The author(s) owns the content of the submitted course manuscript and grants ADA CE Online license to publish the content through a "Continuing Education Content License and Sublicense Agreement". For a copy of the Content Author Agreement or if you have questions on how to submit a course, you may e-mail ce_online@ada.org.

Consent forms. Any person who is clearly identified in the course (either in text or in photographs) must sign a form indicating his or her consent to be thus depicted in the course. A copy of this consent form must be submitted with the course manuscript with reference to the specific text or photograph used within the course manuscript clearly indicated.

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Each author must disclose any financial, economic or professional interests that may influence positions presented in the course material. This disclosure will be published with the course. The conflict of interest form on which disclosure must be made is available online in PDF format and may be reproduced. The form must be signed by each author and submitted with the manuscript. Courses submitted without the form will not be reviewed until ADA CE Online receives the signed form.

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Any publicity (press releases, press coverage, etc.) about courses published in ADA CE Online must be coordinated through the ADA CE Online administrative office e-mail ce_online@ada.org.

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Submission Checklist

Before submitting a course manuscript, the author should make sure he or she has completed all the necessary steps (e-mail ce_online@ada.org for forms or more information).

  • A signed content author agreement.
  • A signed conflict of interest form.
  • A cover e-mail listing the required author information and indicating which category or categories the course is requested to be included in.
  • Complete information-name, degrees, position or title, address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address-should be included for the corresponding author.
  • The course manuscript includes the required sections and is in the proper format.
  • Images and illustrations properly placed and labeled in the body of the course and submitted as individual files on a separate disk.
  • A copy of a photograph consent form for all individuals who are clearly identifiable by photograph or text within the course.
  • All references should be checked for accuracy, correct format and completeness.

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Technical Requirements

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ADA CE Online would like you to have a user-friendly experience when taking an online continuing education course. If you have any problems during registration or accessing any of the programs, please Contact Us and we will provide you with the necessary assistance.

Registration Process & Fees

All first time users are required to complete registration which establishes your own dedicated ADA CE Online account with your own unique username and password. When accessing the Web site again, simply log in with your e-mail address and password for unlimited access.

  • to your personal account
  • to courses you have purchased for up to one year after date of purchase


ADA Members: $49 per CE credit, HD ADA Studio content $59 per CE credit

Nonmembers: $69 per CE credit, HD ADA Studio content $79 per CE credit

Thanks for your interest in ADA CE Online. In order to receive member pricing on the course(s) you’re interested in, please provide your ADA number during the registration process. If you are not currently a member, you’ll have access to member pricing on these courses when you join the ADA today. Please visit the ADA Member Center at ADA.org/join to learn more about membership options. To check your membership status, contact the ADA Member Service Center at 312.440.2500. Thank you.

Refund Policy

All Online CE purchases are final

Due to the diversity of Internet Service Providers, bandwidth limitations and variations in computers used by dental professionals, there may be minor difficulties encountered by some registrants. The ADA CE Online technology has been designed to maintain a quality media presentation in most situations. However, we have no control over the registrant’s web browsers, bandwidth or Internet Service Providers and therefore do not provide refunds for purchased courses.

We recommend that each registrant test their personal computer with the free CE course prior to purchasing a course. We also recommended that you view the descriptive pages associated with each course you wish to purchase. If these materials are viewed successfully, you should have no problems accessing the ADA CE Online courses.

If you are unable to access the free CE course and demonstration, we recommend that you do not purchase any courses until the problem is resolved. Please contact ADA CE Online customer service between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm CST to help resolve any difficulties.

Your registration provides you with one year of unlimited access to purchased courses. In the event that you do not complete your online CE course in one session, simply login again at another time.