General Information

Learn from the leaders at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Join your local dental colleagues, fellow CDM Alum and visiting practitioners from across the nation and around the globe who travel to New York City to participate in our CE courses.

All course are lecture format except where indicated as hands-on option. 


Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP recognized provider 11/2013-12/2017. 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. Please contact your local licensing authority for CE credit hour guidelines and regulations.

Columbia University is a member of the Association of Continuing Dental Education (ACDE) - the organization of Continuing Education providers associated with dental schools in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.  


Upon registering in any continuing education activity, the participant agrees that Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and their affiliates, and all personnel associated with the program are not responsible or liable for any injuries or other damages sustained by the attendee in connection with the scheduled activity, and the participant hereby releases each of them from any claims against them arising directly or indirectly from any such injury or damage. The registered participant grants permission to the Office of Continuing Education (and its designees and agents) to utilize the participants’ image, likeness, actions and/or statements in any live or recorded audio, video, or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication, or reproduction made of, about, or at, the activity without further authorization or compensation. Participants may not use video or audio recording devices during the course or scheduled event. Registering for any continuing education activity constitutes acceptance of these terms.


Courses are held at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) located at West 168th Street in northern Manhattan. Meeting facilities at the Morningside campus and conference space in midtown Manhattan are occasionally utilized. Classes and symposia are also held overseas. Course location details are provided at registration.

Directions to CUMC:

As the temperature in meeting rooms may fluctuate, layered clothing is suggested.


New York City is a unique setting for any course so be sure to experience all that the city has to offer while you are in town. Websites you  may find helpful:

Official tourism website -

New York State official tourism website:

MTA trip planner 

Coming from the airports:  Newark, NJ; LaGuardia or JFK, New York

Frommer's Hotels

NYMag; TimeOut;



Columbia University CDM offers courses necessary for New York State licensed dentists to obtain re-licensure. As of July 2014, NY State required courses include:
  • Infection control every four years;
  • CPR and basic life support every two years;
  • State mandated ethics course, one time;
  • State mandated oral cancer course, one time.

Please note that 60 continuing education unit credits are required every three years. Please check with your state board for updates to requirements. 


The State of CT requires that licensed dentists must earn a minimum of 25 CE hours every two years, commencing from the first date of license renewal One contact hour is a minimum of 50 minutes of any CE activity. At least one hour of the 25 hours must be in each of the following areas:

  • Infectious disease (including immune deficiency syndrome and human immunodeficiency virus);
  • Access to care;
  • Risk Management;
  • Care of special needs patients;
  • Domestic violence (including sexual abuse).

Please check with your state board for additional details and any updates to requirements.


The State of NJ requires that licensed dentists complete 40 CE hours every two years. If you are a new licensee, these credits are pro-rated. Board regulations also specify permissible types of CE. Registered Dental Hygienists are required to complete 20 CE hours and Registered Dental Assistants are required to complete 10 CE hours with each biennial registration cycle.

Please check with your state board regulations at N.J.A.C. 13:30-5.1, and 13:30-5.2 and 5.3, for additional details and updates to requirements.


ADA - State requirements:

New York Academy of Dentistry:
Academy of General Dentistry:
Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology:
Academy of Pediatric Dentistry:
American Academy of Periodontology:
American Association of Endodontists:
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons:
American Association of Orthodontists:
American Association of Public Health Dentistry:
American College of Dentists:
American College of Prosthodontists:
American Dental Association:
American Dental Hygiene Association:
Dental Hygiene Association of New York:
International College of Dentists:
New York State Dental Association:
Ninth District Dental Association:
Second District Dental Society:
Third District Dental Society:
Fourth District Dental Society: