Massachusetts 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.

Massachusetts Requirements

Radiography Requirements

To take dental radiographs under the supervision of a dentist, one must

1a. Be a Dental Assistant Trained on the Job (OJT), AND

1b. Complete a course in radiological techniques and safeguards, AND

1c. Pass the DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam or other exam approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry, within one year of the course completion,


2a. Be a Massachusetts Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA), Certified Assistant (CA), or Formally Trained Dental Assistant (FTDA), AND

2b. Successfully complete a course with a curriculum that complies with Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) standards for radiological techniques and safeguards in dentistry.