To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in South Carolina, a dental assistant must meet the requirements shown below.
To legally place and expose radiographic films in a dental office, a dental assistant must hold a certificate documenting training acceptable to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Acceptable certificates include the following:
1. Diploma from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program, OR
2. DANB CDA certification or the DANB RHS certificate of competency, OR
3. Certificate in radiation safety from the South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA), OR
4. Certificate documenting completion of a structured course of training in radiation safety (accepted courses include but are not limited to radiation safety training through a technical school).
Learn more about DANB's Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification
Learn more about DANB's Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam
A dental assistant in the state of South Carolina may perform basic supportive dental procedures specified by the state dental practice act under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.
There are no education or training requirements for this level of dental assisting.
In settings where sedation is administered, all dental staff who provide direct, hands-on patient care must be certified in CPR at the basic life support level by a board-approved training course, received within the last two years. The operating dentist must provide training for staff with hands-on patient care commensurate with the level and mode of sedation administered. This training must be documented and available for inspection by the department upon request.
To perform expanded functions under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in the state of South Carolina, a dental assistant must earn status as an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA). To qualify, one must:
1. Graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program, OR
2. Complete two years of continuous full-time employment as a chairside dental assistant.
Note: In order to monitor nitrous oxide conscious sedation, EDDAs must complete a course approved by the South Carolina Board of Dentistry, successfully complete the state board examination, submit proof of Board-approved CPR certification within the three years preceding application, and apply for state certification from the South Carolina Board of Dentistry.
CODA-Accredited Dental Assisting Programs