Independent-Study/Web Courses

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most dental professionals are not able to work. The College of Dentistry understands the negative financial impact this has on our Dental alumni and friends. Because of this, we are discounting all Independent Study/Web Courses and offering them to you at an extremely reduced rate. You may register for any College of Dentistry online, recorded course for $5; this reduced registration fee will be available from April 1-May 31, 2020 and is only being charged due to the need for recordkeeping. As a reminder, the Iowa Dental Board lifted the 12-hour limit on self-study courses. The College wanted to do our part to help our alumni and friends during this difficult time. We hope this small gesture helps you and your dental colleagues. Please contact Alumni Relations and Continuing Education Director Amanda Shoemaker at if you have any questions or problems accessing the $5 rate.

Dental Infection Control (Qualifies for State Dental Board 1 Hour CE)

This course qualifies the enrollee for 1 CE credit hours and the cost of the course is $75.
To register:


  1. Recognize how standard precautions fit into the chain of infection, with measures that we can take to interrupt the chain of infection.
  2. Understand personnel health elements of an infection control program.
  3. Learn about the Hepatitis and HIV viruses, prevention for them and treatment as well as risks associated due to an exposure.
  4. Understand what tuberculosis is, how it is transmitted, how to test for it and how to prevent it.
  5. Learn about the different types of reactions to natural rubber latex.


Carrie McKnight, DDS, Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine.  Dr. McKnight served as a staff dentist at Broadlawns Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa, from 1999-2001. She also was in private practice in Johnston, Iowa, from 2000-2001. From 2001-2005, she was assistant professor and general practice residency director in the Hospital Dentistry division of UI Hospitals and Clinics.  

Sherry Timmons, DDS, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, and Associate Dean for Student Affairs.  Dr. Timmons became a faculty member in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine in 2002 following completion of a PhD in oral science from Iowa in 2001 and a general practice residency in 2002.  In 2018, Dr. Timmons became associate dean for student affairs at the UI College of Dentistry.

Completion of this course and quiz qualifies the enrollee for 1 CE credit hours. Course issued 5/2018; expiration date 5/2021.  The course qualifies for the new Infection Control requirement by the State Dental Board.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration. United States Department of Labor (OSHA).

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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