Kentucky 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.

Kentucky Requirements

Radiography Requirements

To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in Kentucky, a dental assistant must meet the requirements shown below.

A dental assistant must:

1. Pass the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam, OR

2. Successfully complete a CODA-approved course in radiation safety and technique, OR

3. Complete ten hours of training that includes a six-hour Kentucky Board-approved course in dental radiography safety* and one of the following:

  • Four hours of instruction in dental radiography technique while under the employment and supervision of the dentist in the office, or
  • A four-hour course in radiography technique approved by the Kentucky Board of Dentistry

*Note: The DALE Foundation’s DANB RHS Review course meets the six-hour radiography safety course requirement.