District of Columbia 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.

District of Columbia Requirements

Dental Assistant Levels and Requirements

Radiography

Level I Dental Assistant

Level II Dental Assistant

Level II Dental Assistant Requirements

To be registered as a Level II Dental Assistant in the District of Columbia, one must:

1. Have graduated from high school or hold a general equivalency diploma, AND

2a. Successfully complete a dental assisting education program approved by the D.C. Board of Dentistry or accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), OR

2b. Hold current DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification or other dental assisting certification approved by the Board, AND

3. Complete a course in dental radiography training consisting of at least twenty-four (24) hours of coursework in radiology, radiation safety, biology, and physics, and has successfully passed the examination(s) required for successful completion of the program

4. Apply for a registration as a Level II Dental Assistant to the D.C. Board of Dentistry

Note: All current dental assistants and applicants for registration must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless granted an exemption (see D.C. Municipal Regulations Title 22, Chapter 2, Subtitle B, Sections 230-231 for details).