About the Course

About CADP QA Courses

The CADP Quality Assurance (QA) course is designed to educate dentists and related personnel in the process of evaluating the quality of care of a dental practice by performing an onsite review of dental records and procedures. The course is typically offered as an initial and re-certification course two times a year.  All courses are two days in length and provide at least 19.5 hours of Continuing Education recognized by the Dental Board of California. The course has been approved by the Dental Board of California as a provider for the mandatory course in Infection Control and The Dental Practice Act.  These two courses are included in the total hours of continuing education but have separate course numbers.  Certificates for either Certified or Procedural Consultants are awarded to those who successfully complete the course and satisfy credentialing requirements.  The consultant certification is for a two-year period.    


The course syllabus is a PDF book which includes:  

  • History of quality assessment and assurance   
  • Definitions  
  • Explanation of Structure-Process-Outcome analysis  
  • Ethics  
  • Informed Consent  
  • Step-by-step explanation of the data gathering and evaluation process  
  • Related articles on quality assessment and quality assurance  
  • Standards as they exist on radiology, emergency preparedness and sterilization  

There is an additional PDF publication distributed electronically and used as a part of this course:  

  • Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings* 
  • Infection Prevention Checklist for Dental Settings  
  • Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities  
  • Case studies, designed to stimulate interactive discussion on the evaluation process.  Components include:  
  • Facility evaluation  
  • Emergency preparedness  
  • Adequacy of medical history  
  • Adequacy of collected interpretive data  
  • Adequacy and appropriateness of diagnosis and treatment planning  
  • Adequacy of appropriateness of Treatment  
  • Evaluation of outcomes  
  • Evidence-Based dentistry  
  • Specific required and California-State-approved content regarding infection control and dental practice act including legal situational analysis  

Tests on each of the case studies and the Facility case study are given, scored and evaluated as to a minimum standard. A final 50 question multiple question examination is given at the conclusion of the course and evaluated as to a minimum standard.  Course content is updated annually.  

*The Infection Control course satisfies the mandatory course for license renewal. Please note this course is not intended to or can be substituted to satisfy the 8-hour Infection Control course requirement for State of California new RDA License.