Vermont State Requirements

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Radiography Requirements

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

  • Radiography Requirements

    To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in the state of Vermont, a dental assistant must be an Expanded Function Dental Assistant or a DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) (see requirements below).

    Traditional Dental Assistants can earn a special endorsement to perform dental radiographic procedures by completing the following requirements:

    1a.  Be at least 18 years of age, AND

    1b. Successfully complete a CODA-accredited radiography course within 10 years of application for endorsement, AND

    1c.  Work for at least six months as a dental assistant, OR

    2.  Hold a radiography endorsement equivalent to that required in Vermont, AND ALL MUST THEN

    3.  Apply to the Vermont Board of Dental Examiners for endorsement.

    Learn more about DANB's Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification
    CODA-Accredited Dental Assisting Programs 

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

  • Traditional Dental Assistant

    All dental assistants shall complete emergency office procedures training within six months of their date of hire.

    Dental Assistants in Vermont can earn status as a Traditional Dental Assistant by becoming employed as a Traditional Dental Assistant in a dental office and notifying the Vermont Board of Dental Examiners within 30 days of being hired.

  • DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) with state certification

    Dental assistants who hold the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification can also earn Vermont state certification. To qualify, one must:

    1.  Hold a current national DANB CDA certification, AND

    2.  Be employed by a Vermont-licensed dentist, AND

    3.  Apply to the Vermont Board of Dental Examiners for registration.

    Learn more about DANB's Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification
  • Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)

    To perform expanded functions in the state of Vermont under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist, a dental assistant must earn status as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant. To qualify, one must:

    1.  Hold a current national DANB CDA certification and be employed by a Vermont-licensed dentist, OR

    1b. Be a licensed dental hygienst, AND

    2.  Successfully complete a formal program in each of the desired expanded functions at a CODA-accredited program of dental assisting, AND


    3.  Apply to the Vermont Board of Dental Examiners for registration.

    Learn more about DANB's Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification
    CODA-Accredited Dental Assisting Programs