Illinois 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.

Illinois Requirements

Dental Assistant Levels and Requirements


Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Qualified in Expanded Functions

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Requirements

To perform specified expanded functions in Illinois and hold oneself out as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant*, a dental assistant must complete required training in each of the allowed expanded functions. To qualify, a dental assistant must:

1a. Complete training the expanded functions from an approved continuing education sponsor OR

1b. Complete training in the expanded functions from a dental assistant training program accredited by the Commission on Dental Ac­creditation OR

1c. Complete a training course approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regula­tion AND

2. Complete and maintain Basic Life Support certification, proof of which must be kept on file with the supervis­ing dentist.

*The Illinois Legislature passed a law in the 2017 legislative session authorizing the creation of Expanded Function Dental Assistants; the Illinois General Assembly further amended the law in 2018. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is in the process of developing rules to implement this new law.