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


Level I Dental Assistant

Level II Dental Assistant

Radiography Requirements

A dental assistant must:

1a. Pass DANB’s Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam or DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam, OR 1b. Successfully complete a 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, AND

2. Register as a Level II Dental Assistant with the D.C. Board of Dentistry.