Independent Study/Web Course

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.

The New Geriatric Patient: Medical, Restorative and Prosthetic Considerations and Techniques

This course qualifies the enrollee for 3.5 CE credit hours and the cost is $75.
To register: (log-in with CE ID is required)

Course Description

This course will address the unique and complex challenges the general practitioner faces when treating the Geriatric Patient. These issues will be discussed, complemented with evidence based research, techniques and case histories. Information on preventive and restorative and prosthetic techniques and materials, as well as common medical considerations encountered when treating the medically compromised frail and older adult patient, will be discussed.


Participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the concept of “medical and dental clearance”: including the controversial use of antibiotics and safely managing patients on “bisphosphonate type” medication;
  • Discuss new evidence-based restorative concepts and techniques that are useful in these populations;
  • Identify preventive, restorative and prosthetic techniques and circumstances which have been found to be clinically successful; and
  • Summarize the clinical significance of the topics with the presentation of case studies.

Course issued: 3/2020; expires 3/2022


Dr. Howard CowenDr. Howard J. Cowan, D.D.S., M.S., D.A.B.S.C.D., spent four years in the US Navy and four years in private practice before joining the College of Dentistry in 1982. He obtained a Master’s in Public Health Dentistry and has been Director of the Geriatric and Special Needs Dental Program for more than 30 years. He developed and is currently the Director of the Geriatric and Special Needs Postgraduate Certificate Program and clinical professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. Dr. Cowen treats private patients at the College of Dentistry, with an emphasis on geriatric, medically, physically and cognitively impaired adults. He is a fellow of the American Society of Geriatric Dentistry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry and is the inaugural recipient of the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Professorship in Geriatric & Special Needs Dentistry

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