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Jurisprudence and Ethics

The College's Jurisprudence and Ethics course is meant to inform new dentists and remind current members of the College about:

  • how the dental profession is regulated in this province;
  • the importance and purpose of regulation;
  • current practice norms and standards and the rules of practice;
  • the ethical and legislative environment in which health professionals work;
  • risk management strategies that allow dentists to practise safely throughout their dental career.

The Jurisprudence & Ethics course is divided into four sections comprised of 13 modules. It  is designed to provide dentists with information about the legal and ethical responsibilities for practising dentistry in Ontario. The four sections are:  

  • About the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, and An Introduction to Jurisprudence & Ethics (three modules)
  • Patient Care (three modules)
  • Legal Responsibility (four modules)
  • Practice Management (three modules).

Each section has its own learning objectives and is followed by some activities for course participants to confirm their understanding of the module’s content. The activities are not scored. You must complete all modules to access the course assessment. 

After successful completion of the final assessment, members will be able to download their certificate of completion. Be sure to keep a copy for CE purposes. 

Participation in the College's Jurisprudence and Ethics course is worth 15 CE credits for RCDSO members. New applicants for a general, specialty or academic certificate of registration must also successfully complete an assessment in Jurisprudence and Ethics.

I'd like to take the course. What next?

RCDSO members: Log into the Member Resource Centre. Proceed to pay for the J&E course. Once your payment has been processed, the course will be available from the MRC navigation menu. Click that link and proceed to the course. Do not use IE 11 as your browser. Use a modern browser for the best experience.