Arkansas 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.

Arkansas Requirements

Dental Assistant Levels and Requirements


Dental Assistant

Registered Dental Assistant

Radiography Requirements

A dental assistant must be a Registered Dental Assistant who holds a permit in radiography from the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners. To obtain this permit, one must:

1a. Hold a current national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, or
1b. Graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program, or
1c. Successfully complete and submit a certificate of completion of a radiography course approved by the Board,


2. Hold Healthcare Provider-level CPR certification, AND
3. Apply for registration to the Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners, AND
4. Successfully complete the Arkansas jurisprudence exam.

 Note: A dental assistant holding a current radiography permit dated prior to November 1, 2011, will not be required to complete an approved radiography course unless he or she is operating an imaging machine other than conventional flat film radiography, such as cone-beam computed axial tomography (CT) scan. Dental assistants operating imaging machines other than conventional flat film radiography, including dental assistants who were issued a radiography permit by the ASBDE prior to November 1, 2011, must complete a Board-approved course in radiography and submit proof of completion to the ASBDE prior to operating such machines and/or before renewal of the radiography permit.