Indiana State Requirements

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Radiography Requirements

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

  • Radiography Requirements

    A dental assistant must obtain a limited dental radiographic license from the Indiana State Department of Health/Division of Medical Radiology Services. To obtain this license one must:

    1a.  Successfully complete a CODA-accredited educational program in radiography, or

    1b.  Successfully complete an Indiana State Department of Health-approved educational program in radiography, AND THEN

    2.  Be certified by a licensed practitioner or licensed dental hygienist in an approved educational program as proficient in performing the procedures included in the limited dental curriculum, AND THEN

    3.  Pass one or more of the following examinations:
    a. The national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam
    b. The national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam
    c. An exam approved by the Indiana State Department of Health/Division of Medical Radiology Services, AND THEN

    4.  Apply to the Indiana State Department of Health/Division of Medical Radiology Services for a limited radiographic license.

    Note: The Indiana State Department of Health also issues student dental radiography permits and provisional radiography permits.

    Indiana State Department of Health
    Learn more about DANB's Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam
    Learn more about DANB's Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification
    CODA-Accredited Dental Assisting Programs

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

  • Dental Assistant

    A dental assistant in the state of Indiana 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 except for radiography requirements.

  • Dental Assistant qualified in coronal polishing

    To qualify to polish the coronal surfaces of the teeth, a dental assistant must:

    1. Be employed in a dental practice for a minimum of one year and complete an educational program approved by the Indiana State Board of Dentistry that includes the following instruction in coronal polishing:

    a) 5 hours of didactic instruction meeting Board curriculum requirement

    b) 2 hours of laboratory work

    c) Performance of the task on five patients under the observation of a licensed dentist or dental hygienist

    d) An affidavit certifying competency signed by the supervising dentist

    OR

    Graduate from an educational program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) that included instruction meeting the above requirements

    AND

    Display certificate of completion of education program publicly in the dental office

    A dental assistant who has completed an out-of-state dental assisting program in applying medicaments for the control and prevention of dental caries must provide a syllabus of coursework successfully completed; coursework must be equal to or greater than that required by Indiana rules, or the dental assistant must complete laboratory and clinical requirements in Indiana and obtain a certificate of completion from an Indiana CODA-accredited or Board-approved program; the dental assistant must display CODA-accredited program diploma or certificate of completion from Board-approved course pubicly in the dental office.

  • Dental Assistant qualified in applying medicaments for the control or prevention of dental caries

    To qualify to apply medicaments for the control or prevention of dental caries (i.e., apply topical fluoride), a dental assistant must:

    1. Be employed in a dental practice for a minimum of one year and complete an educational program approved by the Indiana State Board of Dentistry that includes the following instruction in prevention of dental caries:

    a) 9 hours of didactic instruction meeting Board curriculum requirement

    b) 2 hours of laboratory work

    c) Performance of the task on five patients under the observation of a licesened dentist or dental hygienist

    d) An affidavit certifying competency signed by the supervising dentist

    OR

    Graduate from an educational program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) that included instruction meeting the above requirements

    AND

    Display certificate of completion of education program publicly in the dental office