Missouri 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.

Missouri Requirements

Dental Assistant Levels and Requirements


Dental Assistant

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Requirements

To perform expanded functions under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in the state of Missouri, an expanded-functions dental assistant must hold an expanded functions permit from the Missouri Dental Board. To earn the expanded functions permit, one must:

1. Complete one of the following:

a. Hold DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification and graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program in which competency testing in the appropriate expanded functions category* was completed, OR

b. Hold DANB CDA certification and complete a Missouri Dental Board-approved expanded functions training course, OR

c. Pass the Missouri Dental Assisting Skills* exam administered by DANB (or another exam approved by the Missouri Dental Board) and complete a Missouri Dental Board-approved expanded functions training course
(*formerly named the Missouri Test of Basic Dental Assisting Skills)


2. Hold current certification in the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (BLS), or an equivalent certification approved by the Missouri Dental Board


3. Submit proof of meeting requirements along with application form and established fee to the Missouri Dental Board

*Expanded functions permits are issued in five categories: Restorative I, Restorative II, Orthodontics, Fixed Prosthodontics, and Removable Prosthodontics.