Continuing Education and Advanced Training Programs

Healthcare Professionals & Students

Whether you are a pre-professional student or an experienced practitioner, accessing high quality learning experiences is becoming increasingly challenging. VirtualU@WesternU offers the opportunity to experience the finest healthcare education without leaving your practice or home.

The VirtualU@WesternU courses use vetted, expert content carefully structured in advanced learning platforms that lead to demonstrated learning outcomes. Each course is developed individually to provide content and assessments that will help you meet the learning objectives. We don’t just offer a video of a lecture with a couple of simple questions that may or may not meet your needs. Your patients deserve the best of care and the VirtualU@WesternU curriculum can help you meet that goal.

The types of programs and courses that will be offered will include continuing education courses, and advanced training programs. Please check the site for updates on which programs and courses are available.

WesternU’s Online Campus grants Certificates upon the successful completion of each level of program.


Advanced Training Programs

Live Patient. Virtual Faculty. Online Content.
Advanced Training Programs represent a completely new generation of live patient, hands-on continuing education for clinicians. Using the ICE Health Systems EHR, Advanced Training Programs enable clinicians to treat patients in their own office and receive online course content, supervision and mentorship from faculty as part of their program.

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This course will guide the learner through didactic principles for replacement of missing teeth with cast-framework partial denture. The learner will participate in group discussion and plan strategies for providing patient care through guided clinical instructions. By completing the course, you will have achieved the following objectives:

  • Given a patient, evaluate appropriate for dental conditions removable partial denture.
  • Understand how to sequence and treatment plan for removable partial denture.
  • Know the functions of the surveyor and its components.
  • Know how to design an example cast.
  • Know tooth preparation guidelines for rests and guiding planes.
  • Know methods for accurate impression making.
  • Know how to modify a partial denture framework.
  • Know how to communicate the dental laboratory.
  • Know how to educate patient on care and maintenance of their prosthesis.
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CE Units: 30
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Price: $7500.00 USD
Course enrollment is limited to the first 20 registrants.

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Continuing Education Courses

This course will focus on the specific wavelength (The CO2 10.6). Basic laser science will be provided as well as the unique differences that CO2 has compared to the other laser wavelengths. You will also be provided with safety protocols for laser use.Laser technology will allow you to do many more surgical procedures efficiently and safely. Patient cases studies will be available and explained in depth along with live videos upon program completion.

Module 1 – Introduction to CO2 Laser Science
Module Goals: Provide fundamentals for understanding of:
  • Laser history
  • Definitions- Laser light specifics
  • Units and measurement used with lasers
  • Basic laser physics → Laser tissue interaction
  • Assembly of laser
  • Differences between lasers
    • Gas Phase
    • Solid state
    • Semi-Conductor
  • Lasers used in dentistry
  • Laser Safety
Module 2 – CO2 Soft Tissue Applications
Module Goals: To teach specific soft tissue applications
  • Capabilities and limitations of technologies
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each laser wavelength
  • Surgical Cases Presentations
  • Basic Laser Assisted Periodontal Application.
  • Photothermal Effects on Bacteria
  • Temperature Dynamics For Soft Tissue
  • Surgical Parameters
    • Ranges
    • Preferred parameters

Author: Dr. Robert Levine
CE Units: 6
Price: $295.00 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $206.50 USD
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Lasers give us a new application mode for treatment of many dental problems. This online course provides basic understanding of laser physics on all wavelengths that can be utilized in dentistry. You will know how to apply this technology for a wide range of treatments. This will include basic oral surgery, laser assisted periodontal, hard tissue applications (Restoratives procedures).You will also learn about therapeutic lasers (LLLT’s), as well as use of Fluorescence for soft tissue diagnostics. Laser Safety is a very important part of the program. It will guide you and your office in proper to safely use lasers. Patient case studies will provide a realistic understanding of how laser can work for you.
Module 1 – Introduction to Laser Science, History & Safety
Module Goals: Provide fundamentals for understanding of:
  • Laser history
  • Definitions- Laser light specifics
  • Units and measurement used with lasers
  • Basic laser physics → Laser tissue interaction
  • Assembly of laser
  • Differences between lasers
    • Gas Phase
    • Solid state
    • Semi-Conductor
  • Lasers used in dentistry
  • Laser Safety
Module 2 – Lasers and Oral Surgery
Module Goals: To teach specific indications and interactions of laser wavelengths with hard and soft tissues
  • Capabilities and limitations of technologies
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each laser wavelength
  • Capabilities and limitations of the Er-YAG laser for use in bone cutting
  • Parameters for all lasers
    • Power settings
    • Ranges
    • Preferred parameters
Module 3 – Hard Tissue Laser Applications
Module Goals:
  • Understand scientific principles of laser hard tissue interaction
  • Know the proper laser that can be used for hard tissue laser treatment
  • Know the proper techniques for successful application of hard tissue laser treatment
  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of laser use in hard tissue treatment
  • Know the variety of procedures that can be effectively done with hard tissue lasers
    • Caries Removal, Caries Detection, Caries Inhibition, Bone Removal, Diagnostics, and Endodontics
Upon completion of the course, you will have access to a live video library.
Author: Dr. Robert Levine
CE Units: 8.25
Price: $395.00 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $276.50 USD
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The CO2 Hygiene course will provide you with the basic knowledge to provide laser assisted periodatal therapies in your office. Both Doctors and Hygienist can take this course. We will teach you the basic science and principles behind the use of the superpulsed CO2 Laser and it periodontal applications. Before applying this technology we will review basic microbiology and give an understanding of the temperature gradients necessary to deactivate and kill periodontal pathogens. Aside from treatment of the Periodontal pockets you will learn how to provide this technology for basic oral procedures (outside of the Pocket).
Module 1 – Introduction to Laser Science
Module Goals: Provide fundamentals for understanding of:
  • Basic Microbiology of Periodontal Apparatus
  • Periodontal Disease
    • Laser history
    • Definitions-Laser light specifics
    • Units and measurement used with lasers
    • Basic laser physics → Laser tissue interaction
    • Assembly of laser
    • Differences between lasers
  • Gas, Solid State, or Semi-Conductor Phases
  • Temperature Effects on Soft Tissue
  • Laser Safety
Module 2 – CO2 10.6 Hygiene Applications
Module Goals: Understanding of Superpulsed CO2 Science
  • To teach specific indications and interactions of 10.6 CO2 laser wavelength in Assisted periodontal therapy
    • Capabilities and limitations
    • Advantages and disadvantages
Photothermal Effects on Periodontopathic Bacteria Coagulation Properties of Superpulsed Lasers Application Techniques For Laser Assisted Perio Therapies Soft Tissue Surgical Applications with Case Presentations Application Dynamics
  • Power settings
  • Ranges
  • Preferred parameters
Author: Dr. Robert Levine
CE Units: 6
Price: $295.00 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $206.50 USD
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The Diode laser is the most commonly used laser to support Periodontal Therapy. More often than not the results do not meet up to expectations. By understanding the basic science behind diode laser use, the spatial parameters of the soft tissue that you are treating and the photothermal temperature dynamics your success rate will significantly improve.This course will review some basic microbiology and the Periodontal Pathogens that we encounter. We will provide you with basic application protocols using a Periodontal Treatment Model. A variety of surgical cases will also be provided in the course.
Module 1 – Introduction to Laser Science
Module Goals: Provide fundamentals for understanding of:
  • Basic Microbiology of Periodontal Apparatus
  • Periodontal Disease
    • Laser history
    • Definitions-Laser light specifics
    • Units and measurement used with lasers
    • Basic laser physics → Laser tissue interaction
    • Assembly of laser
    • Differences between lasers
  • Gas , Solid State, or Semi-Conductor Phases
  • Photothermal Effects on Soft Tissue
  • Laser Safety
Module 2 – Diode Hygiene Applications
Module Goals: Provide fundamentals for understanding of:
  • Soft Tissue Spatial Dynamics
  • Coagulation Principles
  • Temperature Dynamics
  • Application Technique
  • Soft Tissue Surgery with Case Presentations
Upon completion the course you will get access to our video library.
Author: Dr. Robert Levine
CE Units: 6
Price: $295.00 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $206.50 USD
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Diodes are the most commonly used lasers in the dentistry. One of the main factors is that they very cost effective. Unfortunately most Doctors and Hygienists do not know or understand the science behind the technology and cannot get the results they desire. The Diode Laser course will provide you with basic laser science fundamentals, spatial tissue dynamics as well as the understanding of how to control the temperature gradient necessary to provide optimal treatment.Laser application for basic soft tissue surgery and laser assisted periodontal therapy will be provide in module 2 of the course. Safety protocols and office administration responsibilities are also covered.
Module 1 – Introduction to Diode Laser Science
Module Goals: Provide fundamentals for understanding of:
  • Laser history
  • Definitions- Laser light specifics
  • Units and measurement used with lasers
  • Basic laser physics → Laser tissue interaction
  • Assembly of laser
  • Differences between lasers
    • Gas Phase
    • Solid state
    • Semi-Conductor
  • Lasers used in dentistry
  • Laser Safety
Module 2 – Diode Soft Tissue Laser Applications
Module Goals:
  • Provide Basic Parameters for Soft Tissue Surgical Applications in Dentistry
  • Coagulation Principles
  • Application of Laser Energy and Temperature Dynamics
  • Spatial Soft Tissue Principles
  • Surgical Techniques with Case Presentations
  • Laser Assisted Periodontal Applications
Upon completion a live video library will be available.
Author: Dr. Robert Levine
CE Units: 6
Price: $295.00 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $206.50 USD
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Although Doctors and Hygienists are trained in laser use and safety, their staff is usually left out in the dark. The Introduction to Laser Safety program has been designed for all office personnel and is a must have for all offices providing treatment with lasers. There will be an introduction to laser science which will enable your staff members to get a greater appreciation of the treatment that are providing for your patients. All regulations and safety dynamic will go in great depth and explain the need for a Laser Safety Officer (LSO). After completion of this program, you will have a staff member that can oversee all of laser operations in your office. Module Goals: Provide fundamentals for understanding of:
  • Introduction to basic laser physics
  • Laser Safety Officer (LSO)
  • Laser Safety Standards (ANSI)
  • Laser Classifications
  • Laser Hazards
    • Eye
    • Skin
    • Non-Beam
Author: Dr. Robert Levine
CE Units: 2
Price: $150.00 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $105.00 USD
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This course will guide the viewer through the fundamentals of achieving diagnostic clinical photographs for dentistry. By completing this course, you will have achieved the following objectives:
  • Know the importance of clinical photographs
  • Know when clinical photographs are needed
  • Know what equipment is needed and how to use it
  • Know which exposure criteria can be altered to obtain an optimal exposure
  • Know how to take 7 basic photographs needed for generalized treatment planning
  • Identify and fix photographic errors
Author: Dr. Brian Chui
CE Units: 3
Price: $48.00 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $33.60 USD
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This course is designed to be a self-directed, interactive online program to orient medical providers to the use and application of fluoride varnish to prevent cavities. Providers will develop a knowledge base of the physiopathology and pharmacokinetics of fluoride, therapeutic and systemic effects, application techniques, and practice management in integrate into their office practice. The provider will understand the risk factors associated with caries development and the clinical indications for the application of fluoride.
Author: Brooke Bodart, RDH and Dr. Robert Hasel
CE Units: 3
Price: $20.00 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $14.00 USD
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This course prepares clinicians, dental hygienists and dental assistants to take complete medical histories and perform thorough examinations on orthodontic patients. The program has been designed to provide a framework for the clinician to create a custom-made medical questionnaire, including: Medications, Allergies, Physician information, Family and Personal Medical Histories. Numerous examples of common findings and their impact on orthodontic treatment are presented. In addition, the legal ramifications of an inadequate examination are included. Registered participants have the added benefit of printing the slides and diagrams from this course as a reference source.
Author: Dr. Jeff Berger
CE Units: 6
Price: $150.00 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $105.00 USD
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This course provides clinicians, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with a guide to performing a thorough extra-oral and intra-oral examination for their patients. Chapter 2.1 The course has been designed to highlight certain important aspects of an extra-oral examination, including facial skin lesions and disorders, facial proportions and facial asymmetry, facial lymph node characteristics and temporomandibular joint function. Numerous examples of common findings and their impact on orthodontic treatment are presented. In addition, the legal ramifications of an inadequate extra-oral examination are outlined. Chapter 2.2 The program has been designed to highlight important aspects of an intra-oral examination of both the soft and hard tissues. Special emphasis has been placed on the orthodontic aspects of frenum attachments and gingival recession. Areas to measure and chart for an orthodontic examination are presented in a concise and ready-to-use format. Examples of clinical findings requiring orthodontic treatment are provided. In addition, the legal ramifications of an inadequate extra-oral examination are highlighted.
Author: Dr. Jeff Berger
CE Units: 6
Price: $175 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $122.50 USD
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This course provides clinicians, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with a guide to performing a thorough extra-oral examination for their patients. Chapter 2.1 The course has been designed to highlight certain important aspects of an extra-oral examination, including facial skin lesions and disorders, facial proportions and facial asymmetry, facial lymph node characteristics and temporomandibular joint function. Numerous examples of common findings and their impact on orthodontic treatment are presented. In addition, the legal ramifications of an inadequate extra-oral examination are outlined.
Author: Dr. Jeff Berger
CE Units: 4
Price: $140 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $98.00 USD
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This course provides clinicians, dental hygienists, and dental assistants with a guide to performing a thorough intra-oral examination for their patients. Chapter 2.2 The program has been designed to highlight important aspects of an intra-oral examination of both the soft and hard tissues. Special emphasis has been placed on the orthodontic aspects of frenum attachments and gingival recession. Areas to measure and chart for an orthodontic examination are presented in a concise and ready-to-use format, in addition to helpful templates which can be individually customized. Examples of clinical findings requiring orthodontic treatment are provided.
Author: Dr. Jeff Berger
CE Units: 2
Price: $70 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $49.00 USD
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Medical Emergencies can occur unexpectedly in the scope of any dental practice. This online course prepares dental clinicians to apply proper prevention techniques and recognize problems when they occur. You will develop an understanding of the physiology behind the most common emergencies, then react accordingly with proper positioning of the patient, as well as pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of these emergencies. This course utilizes strong visual aids and embedded videos to enhance the course material. Dental offices are encouraged to practice emergency scenarios on a regular basis as a method of applying the knowledge and skills acquired in the online course and to ensure the best possible care for their patients.
  • Chapters & Topics
  • General Overview
  • Principles of Prevention
  • Organization of Emergency Equipment and Medications
  • Recognition and Stabilization: What to do first, Positioning, Calling 911; specific procedures for each medical emergency
  • Post Medical Emergency Protocol
  • The Dental Center Protocol and Equipment
CE Units: 6
Price: $96 USD
TriCounty Membership Price: $67.20 USD
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The practice module consists of:

Guidance to the WREB CTP Tutorial website which will introduce candidates to the case format and familiarize yourself with navigation through the CTP Exam.
Completion of three practice cases designed by faculty of Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine that are similar in format, timing and administration to the WREB CTP Exam.

Submitting the completed cases for constructive formative feedback that can be used to prepare for the actual exam.

A post-module evaluation to provide feedback which will help improve future volumes of the Practice Module.

The expected learning outcomes include:

Increasing the learner’s familiarity with the format and logistics of completion of the WREB CTP Exam.

Demonstrating assessment skills through accurate interpretation of comprehensive patient diagnostic data and clinical findings.

Demonstrate the application of commonly accepted treatment planning principles by developing a comprehensive treatment plan based on the data and findings.

Practice the completion of cases under conditions that replicate the anticipated CTP exam.

CE Units: 0
Price: $97.00 USD
As a matter of policy, refunds will not be given once the WREB CTP course has been downloaded and opened.

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Financial Policy
*Fees for Continuing Education Courses vary based on the individual course and will be specified in the relevant course descriptions.
WesternU reserves the right to change or modify any tuition or fees associated with the Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine