California 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.

California Requirements

Unlicensed Dental Assistant Requirements

An Unlicensed Dental Assistant may perform basic supportive dental procedures under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

The employer is responsible for ensuring dental assistants maintain Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, and that all dental assistants in continuous employment for 120 days or more have proof of completing all of the following within a year from date of employment:

1. A California Board-approved 2-hour course in the California Dental Practice Act, AND

2. A California Board-approved 8-hour course in infection control, AND

3. An ASHI, AHA, or ARC-approved course in BLS or any other course approved by the board as equivalent which includes hands-on simulated clinical scenarios