Iowa 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.

Iowa Requirements

Radiography Requirements

To expose radiographs in Iowa, a dental assistant must hold a current registration certificate and active radiography qualification issued by the Iowa Dental Board (IDB) and a dentist must provide general supervision. To earn dental radiography qualification, one must:

1a. Be a Dental Assistant Trainee or Registered Dental Assistant with an active registration status 


1b. Be a graduate of an accredited dental assisting program 

1c. Be a nurse who holds an active Iowa nursing license 


2. Provide proof of successful completion of an Iowa board-approved course of study in dental radiography within the two years prior to application 


3. Provide proof that he or she successfully completed an Iowa Board-approved exam in the area of dental radiography (the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety exam meets this requirement, if taken after January 1, 1986) 


4. Apply to the IDB for Qualification in Dental Radiography.

NoteA dental assistant must be at least 18 years of age to perform dental radiography.

Dental Assistant Trainees may also engage in on-the-job training in dental radiography pursuant to 650-22.3(136C,153). Trainees are all individuals who are engaging in on-the-job training to meet the requirements for registration and who are learning the necessary skills under the personal supervision of a licensed dentist.