Nebraska State Requirements

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Radiography Requirements

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

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

  • Dental Assistant

    A dental assistant in Nebraska 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.

    Dental assistants who assist in the administration of general anesthesia, deep sedation, moderate sedation or minimal sedation must be currently certified in basic life support skills (BLS) or the equivalent. 

    Note: All dental assistants must be at least 18 years of age. 

  • Dental Assistant Qualified in Coronal Polishing

    To perform coronal polishing procedures under the indirect supervision of a licensed dentist in Nebraska, a dental assistant must:

    1. Be at least 18 years of age, AND

    2a.  Graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program which includes a coronal polishing course, OR

    2b.  Complete one year (1,500 hours minimum) of clinical work experience as a dental assistant and a Nebraska Board-approved course in polishing procedures.

    CODA-Accredited Dental Assisting Programs