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.

Jurisprudence for Dental Professionals

Course issued:  4/2018; expires 4/2020
This course qualifies the enrollee for 1.0 CE credit hours and the cost is $25.
To register:

After attending the course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the purpose and organization of the Dental Board;
  • Understand Iowa Laws relative to license, registration and renewal;
  • Know the authorized practice of a dental hygienist;
  • Understand continuing education requirements;
  • Understand the laws of  prescribing, administering and dispensing drugs;
  • Know the scope of practice for dental assistants;
  • Understand the standards of practice and principles of professional ethics;
  • Know how to obtain a sedation permit;
  • Understand the grounds of licensure discipline;
  • Understand how complaints and investigations work relative to licensure; and
  • Know the purpose of the Iowa Practitioner Review Committee.

John Syrbu, DDS, is an Assistant Professor, Department of Family Dentistry, University of Iowa, College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics.  Dr. Syrbu completed his DDS at the University of Iowa in 2013 and joined the faculty in 2016.   At the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, he completed a general practice residency and worked in private practice for several years in Minnesota before returning to academics. He currently treats patients, teaches in the Family Dentistry clinic and directs the Practice Management course at the College of Dentistry.