Florida 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.

Florida Requirements

Radiography Requirements

To legally operate dental X-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in Florida, a dental assistant must either:

1. Graduate from a Florida Board of Dentistry-approved dental assisting school or program, OR

2. Be state-certified as a dental radiographer by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).

To obtain the dental radiography certification, a dental assistant who has not graduated from a Board-approved dental assisting school or program must:

a. Successfully complete at least three months of continuous on-the-job training through assisting in the positioning of digital radiographic sensors and positioning and exposing of dental radiographic images under the direct supervision of a Florida-licensed dentist, AND

b. Successfully complete a Florida Board-approved radiology course within 12 months of completing on-the-job training, AND

c. Apply to the FDOH for certification.