District of Columbia Requirements

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Radiography Requirements

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

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

  • Level I Dental Assistant

    To be registered as a Level I Dental Assistant in the District of Columbia, one must:

    1. Have graduated from high school or hold a general equivalency diploma, AND
    2. Complete a course in dental radiography training that the D.C. Board of Dentistry deems satisfactory (see "Radiography Requirements" above), AND
    3. Apply to the D.C. Board of Dentistry for registration
  • Level II Dental Assistant

    To be registered as a Level II Dental Assistant in the District of Columbia, one must:

    1. Have graduated from high school or hold a general equivalency diploma, AND

    2a. Successfully complete a dental assisting education program approved by the D.C. Board of Dentistry or accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), OR
    2b. Hold current DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, OR
    2c. Complete a dental assisting program approved by the D.C. Board of Dentistry, AND

    3. Complete a course in dental radiography training that the D.C. Board of Dentistry deems satisfactory (see "Radiography Requirements column" at right), AND

    4. Apply for a registration as a Level II Dental Assistant to the D.C. Board of Dentistry

    An applicant who has been performing the duties of a dental assistant on July 15, 2011 may be granted a registration if he or she fulfills the following requirements: 

    1. Demonstrate competency to perform the duties of a dental assistant to the satisfaction of the supervising dentist, AND 
    2. Apply for a registration as a dental assistant to the D.C. Board of Dentistry no later than 9/17/12