Dental Assistant Requirements

Dental Assistant Requirements

There are quite a few potential paths you can take to becoming a dental assistant. For one thing, many states don’t require formal education in order to become a dental assistant; there is no official dental assisting program to refer to as it varies by state. Usually there are three options though, you can either: obtain a one-year certificate or diploma from a certified training program, a two-year associate’s degree in community or technical college, or receive on-the-job training which is what the majority of dental assistants have gone through. In some other states, there is a requirement that assistants pass a recognized training course and possibly a state assessment. But remember, dental assistant requirements differ from state to state.

Dental assistants who do not have formal education in dental assisting may be taught their duties from on-the-job training but those who have gone through certified programs or received education generally receive a higher starting salary and added benefits. Generally, individual states have their own dental laws that regulate what duties dental assistants can perform so be sure you know what you’re getting into. You can learn more about your state’s dental assistant requirements below by clicking on your individual state. Some states require a license/registration or radiography requirements (X-Ray certified). Again,┬áthe requirements vary from state to state so if you are already a dental assistant moving to a new state you might have to take courses or complete exams if you wish to continue your career. Make sure you learn about your state’s dental assistant requirements before you pursue the job!

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