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) Present satisfactory evidence of completion of the DAANCE oral surgery assistant training course prepared and administered by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons or its designated agency and approved by the Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Dentistry, AND 
    (2) Meet any other requirements that the board or director by regulation establishes, AND 
    (3) Pass in a satisfactory manner any examination that the board requires, AND 
    (4) Complete a Board of Examiners in Dentistry-approved advanced cardiac life support course and hold current certification.

    *Note: The Rhode Island legislature passed a new law in the 2014 legislative session creating licensure for “DAANCE certified maxillofacial surgery assistants” and outlining requirements and delegable functions for these licensees. Additional rulemaking to further define requirements has not yet been completed. The Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Dentistry has not yet begun licensing these individuals.