Maryland 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.

Maryland Requirements

Dental Assistant Qualified in Orthodontics Requirements

To perform orthodontic functions in the state of Maryland, a dental assistant must register as a Dental Assistant Qualified in Orthodontics. To qualify, one must:

1. Complete a Board-approved course of at least 35 hours related to Maryland orthodontic dental assisting, AND 

2a. Pass the Maryland Orthodontic Assisting Expanded Functions (MDO) exam administered by DANB, or 

2b. Pass the national DANB Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) exam, AND

3. Apply to the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners for state recognition as a Maryland Dental Assistant Qualified in Orthodontics