About the Education

Learning Formats

Adult learners have different methods and preferences when engaging in self-directed learning; ADHA’s Annual Conference continuing education offerings try to reflect our diverse set of learners. Our learning formats support a range of instructional methods giving attendees more control over setting priorities and choosing the right content, materials, and methods to match their learning styles and objectives.

  • Seminars (60-120 minutes)
    • These sessions are more akin to your standard CE lecture where attendees engage mainly through listening. ADHA highly encourages sessions that allow for attendees to interact, either via small group activities during the lecture, through polling, and other collaborative learning exercises.
  • Hands-on Lab (120 minutes)
    • What’s better than hearing about a new product, method, or practice? Actually using or applying your knowledge on the spot! Our hands-on labs are in-depth workshops where attendees are expecting to utilize equipment or practice techniques they can immediately apply in their daily work.
  • iRDH-“Inspire” (5-8 minutes)
    • Loosely-based on the poetry slam format, these sessions will showcase dental hygienists discussing what inspires them most in their work. No notes are allowed during these sessions, stories must be told, not read.
  • Flash Sessions (5 minutes)
    • If you only have 5 minutes to get your game changing idea out there, how would you tell your story? What is going on in your office, department, or clinic that is different, new, or exciting? You’ll have 5 minutes to share your exciting idea or experience with others!
  • Researcher’s Corner (30 minutes)
    • What is new in dental hygiene research? You’ve come to the right place to discuss your on-going or recently finished research with other researchers, educators, and clinicians. Discuss your research, the results, and practical applications of your conclusions. This is limited to research in progress or published in the last 12 months. Research must be affiliated with a journal or CODA accredited school conducting the research.
  • Masterclass (Full day)
    • Are you a trainer or certifier of a technique or practice that dental hygienists need? (Examples would include CPR, laser certification, orofacial myofunctional therapy, etc.) This would be the place for you to apply to have your workshop considered for inclusion either before ADHA’s conference or during the conference programming.

Knowledge Levels

ADHA has three levels of knowledge relating to the pre-requisite learner knowledge, instructional techniques, and complexity of the learning objectives.

  • Beginner: These courses provide broad, introductory information suited to audiences with limited or no knowledge of the subject prior to attendance. This level is appropriate for attendees new to their careers as dental hygienists, for topics that are new to the field and a small baseline of understanding already exists in the general dental hygiene population, or for attendees looking to switch career paths (e.g. from clinical office to public health).
  • Intermediate: These courses are more interactive, including case studies and assessment measures, requiring the learner to be more engaged, interacting with the material and using the information in practical applications, thus requiring some prerequisite knowledge. This level is appropriate for attendees who have been practicing in their field for over two years who have established a degree of competence and for those seeking to build on, apply, or enhance existing knowledge.
  • Advanced: Courses in this level focus on innovation, massive shifts in practice, new technology, methods, or applications, and highly technical or detailed topics. The course material and activities focus on problem identification, analysis, and solutions, fostering opportunities to explore subjects in an environment of trust. Objectives may include enhancing competence in complex procedures, mastering the use of technology, or preparing attendees to lead the training of others. This level is appropriate for attendees who have been practicing in their field for over five years with significant expertise, knowledge, and experience who could be deemed an expert in this topic.