North Dakota State Requirements

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Radiography Requirements

To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in North Dakota, a dental assistant must meet the requirements shown below.

  • Radiography Requirements

    A dental assistant must be a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) or Qualified Dental Assistant (QDA). See requirements below.

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

  • Dental Assistant

    A dental assistant in the state of North Dakota may perform basic supportive dental procedures specified by the state dental practice act under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

    Every dental assistant in North Dakota must have a current certificate of proficiency in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

  • Qualified Dental Assistant (QDA)

    To earn status as a QDA in the state of North Dakota, one must:

    1a.  Have passed the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and Infection Control (ICE) exams within one year prior to application, or

    1b.  Have passed the national DANB RHS and ICE exams and completed, within two years of application, 16 hours of continuing education, AND

    2.  Complete 650 hours of dental assistance instruction including on-the-job training, AND

    3. Pass a written examination of the laws and rules governing the practice of dentistry in North Dakota within one year of application, AND 

    4.  Maintain current CPR certification, AND

    5. Provide verification of completing an infection control course within two years prior to application (if passing DANB's ICE exam occured more than two years prior to application)

    6.  Apply to the North Dakota State Board of Dental Examiners.

    Learn more about DANB's Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam
    Learn more about DANB's Infection Control (ICE) exam

  • Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

    To earn status as an RDA in North Dakota, one must:

    1a. Within one year prior to application, have passed DANB's national Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam or have completed a CODA-accredited or North Dakota board-approved dental assisting program, OR

    1b. Have passed DANB's national CDA exam or have completed a CODA-accredited or North Dakota board-approved dental assisting program (more than one year prior to application), and have completed 16 hours of continuing education within two years prior to application, AND

    2. Pass a written examination of the laws and rules governing the practice of dentistry in North Dakota within one year of application, AND

    3. Maintain current CPR certification , AND

    4. Provide verification of completing an infection control course within two years prior to application (if graduation from approved program or passing DANB's CDA exam occurred more than two years prior to application), AND

    5. Apply for registration to the North Dakota State Board of Dental Examiners (NDSBDE)


    Learn more about DANB's Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification
    CODA-Accredited Dental Assisting Programs
  • Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) qualified to apply pit and fissure sealants

    To apply pit and fissure sealants in the state of North Dakota under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist, a dental assistant must:

    1.  Be a Registered Dental Assistant (see requirements above), AND

    2.  Provide documentation of successfully completing a North Dakota Board-approved sealant class or course.