Indiana 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.
To legally operate dental X-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in Indiana, a dental assistant must meet the requirements shown below.
A dental assistant must obtain a limited dental radiographic license from the Indiana Department of Health/Division of Radiology and Weights & Measures. To obtain this license one must:
1a. Successfully complete a CODA-accredited educational program in radiography, or
1b. Successfully complete an Indiana Department of Health-approved educational program in radiography, AND THEN
2. Be certified by a licensed practitioner or licensed dental hygienist in an approved educational program as proficient in performing the procedures included in the limited dental curriculum, AND THEN
3. Pass one or more of the following examinations:
a. The national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam
b. The national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam
c. An exam approved by the Indiana Department of Health/Division of Radiology and Weights & Measures, AND THEN
4. Apply to the Indiana Department of Health/Division of Radiology and Weights & Measures for a limited radiographic license.
Note: The Indiana Department of Health also issues student dental radiography permits and provisional radiography permits.
A student enrolled in a CODA-accredited dental assisting program is eligible for a student radiology permit. The permit expires upon the student’s withdrawal or termination from the program or six (6) months after the student’s graduation from a dental assisting program. The student must be properly supervised, and the student permit only allows the performance of procedures as part of the education program.
A person enrolled in an Indiana Department of Health-approved limited radiology program is eligible for a provisional radiography permit upon completion of the requirements under 410 IAC 5.2-4. The permit expires six (6) months after its effective date.