Arizona Dental Assistant Requirements
Each state has different requirements for dental assistants. This page includes links to all the information you need to understand the requirements for dental assistants in this state. View the different dental assisting levels, along with the requirements for each. You can also view the allowable duties at each level.
Dental Assistant Levels and Requirements
Dental Assistant Qualified in Coronal Polishing
Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)
Expanded Function Dental Assistant Requirements
To perform specified restorative functions in Arizona under the supervision of a licensed dentist, a dental assistant must hold an Arizona Expanded Function – Restorative Certificate. To qualify, one must:
1a. Hold the Arizona Coronal Polishing certificate AND
1b. Pass the DANB RHS exam or hold the Arizona Radiologic Proficiency certificate, AND
1c. Successfully complete an EFDA training course
approved by the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners at a Commission
on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-accredited program, AND
1d. Pass DANB’s AMP, TMP and RF exams (apply online), AND
1e. Under the supervision of a licensed dentist, perform restorative procedures required by the ASBDE (place, contour and finish 20 direct restorations and place and cement five prefabricated crowns, following the preparation of the tooth by a licensed dentist) and document these procedures on a Licensed Dentist Endorsement form (found on page 6 of the Arizona Expanded Function Dental Assistant - Restorative Certificate application packet), AND
1f. Apply for the Arizona Expanded Function - Restorative Certificate by submitting a completed application, Licensed Dentist Endorsement form, required documentation and fee to DANB.
2a. Provide evidence of currently holding or having held within the previous ten (10) years a license, registration, permit or certificate in expanded functions in restorative procedures issued by another U.S. state or jurisdiction; AND
2b. Document clinical experience in the specified expanded functions on a Licensed Dentist Endorsement form, AND
2c. Apply for the Arizona Expanded Function Dental Assistant - Restorative Certificate by submitting a completed application, Licensed Dentist Endorsement form, required documentation and fee to DANB.
**A registered dental hygienist may qualify to perform expanded functions by meeting the same requirements, with the exception that the registered dental hygienist is not required to take the RHS, CP and AMP exams.
DANB’s Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) exam
DANB’s Restorative Functions (RF) exam
Arizona Expanded Function Dental Assistant - Restorative Certificate