Rhode Island State Requirements

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Radiography Requirements

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

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

  • Dental Assistant

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

    There are no education or training requirements for this level of dental assisting.

  • DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)

    To perform expanded functions in Rhode Island under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist, a dental assistant must hold a current national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification.

    In Rhode Island, CDAs may perform the expanded functions listed in the state dental practice act provided they have graduated from a dental assisting education program that incorporated academic training in these procedures or completed academic clinical training to clinical competence.

    Note: Individuals who have passed the CDA exam but have not renewed are no longer CDAs.

    Learn more about DANB's Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification

  • DAANCE Certified Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant

    To perform specified maxillofacial surgery assisting functions, an assistant must be licensed by the Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Dentistry as a DAANCE Certified Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant. To qualify for licensure*, one must: 
    (1) Be of good moral character; AND

    (2) Be eighteen (18) years of age or over; AND 

    (3) Have successfully completed an approved program for Dental Anesthesia Assistants National Certification Examination (DAANCE) accredited by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons or its designated agency; AND

    (4) Be certified as a dental anesthesia assistant by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons or its designated agency; AND 

    (5) Hold a current certificate of completion of an approved course in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS); and be in good standing in each state in which he/she holds a license.