Colorado 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.

Colorado Requirements

Dental Assistant Levels and Requirements


Dental Assistant


Radiography Requirements

A dental assistant must:

1. Be at least 18 years of age, AND

2. Successfully complete minimum safety, education and training for operating machine sources of ionizing radiation and administering such radiation to patients. Education and training requirements may be satisfied by one of the following:

a. Completion of five hours of practical or clinical experience and 3.5 hours of lecture for a total of 8.5 hours from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education, the Private Occupational School Division (or the equivalent in any other state), OR

b. Completion of education and training provided on the job by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist, provided that the educational module used is approved by the Colorado Dental Board, OR

c. Successful completion of the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam or the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam.