A dental assistant in Maryland must be state certified as a Dental Radiation Technologist in order to operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures. This must be performed under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. To obtain this state certification, one must:
1. Be at least 18 years of age, AND
2. Be of good moral character, AND
3. Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, AND
4. Successfully complete a dental radiography course (minimum of 24 hours) approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners, AND
5. Pass the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam or Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam, AND
6. Apply for state certification to the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. See Maryland Dental Radiation Technologist Requirements brochure for full details.
Note: An individual holding an active radiology license or certification in another state may apply for Maryland certification if he or she has engaged in practicing dental radiation technology for at least 150 hours in the three years preceding application and meets any ADA or federal requirements. In addition, beginning in 2011, all Dental Radiation Technologists seeking to renew or reinstate their certificates shall have completed a two-hour, Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners-approved course in infection control.
Maryland Dental Radiation Technologist Requirements Brochure (PDF)
Learn more about DANB's Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam
Learn more about DANB's Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification