To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in Florida, a dental assistant must meet the requirements shown below.
A dental assistant must either:
1. Graduate from a Florida Board of Dentistry-approved dental assisting school or program, OR
2. Be state-certified as a dental radiographer by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).
To obtain this certification, one must:
(a) Successfully complete at least three months of continuous on-the-job training in the exposing of radiographs under the direct supervision of a Florida-licensed dentist, AND
(b) Successfully complete a Florida Board-approved radiology course within 12 months of completing on-the-job training, AND
(c) Apply to the FDOH for certification.
A dental assistant in the state of Florida may perform basic supportive dental procedures specified by the state dental practice act under the supervision of a licensed dentist.
Note: On-the-job trained dental assistants in Florida must be trained in the dental office under the supervision of a licensed dentist who assumes full responsibility for assuring that the dental assistant so trained is competent to perform the tasks.
Dental assistants in the state of Florida must have formal training to perform the expanded functions listed in the Dental Practice Act. To earn status to perform expanded functions, one must:
1a. Graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program, provided that it included appropriate training in the function, OR
1b. Successfully complete a Florida Board-approved expanded duties training program.
Note: The DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification was removed as a pathway to the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) in Florida effective as of May 2009. Dental Assistants who were employed in Florida and had earned the CDA prior to the effective date of this rule change are "grandfathered in" and qualify as EFDAs in Florida
CODA-Accredited Dental Assisting Programs