New Jersey 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.

New Jersey Requirements

Dental Assistant Levels and Requirements

Registered Dental Assistant Requirements

To perform expanded functions under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in the state of New Jersey, dental assistants must be licensed by the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).

To register as an RDA, one must:

1. Successfully complete high school or its equivalent, AND

2. Obtain a certificate of completion of the online New Jersey Jurisprudence orientation (within six months prior to application), AND

3. Pass DANB’s national Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) or Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) exam (within 10 years prior to application), AND 4a. Graduate from a New Jersey Board-approved CODA-accredited dental assisting program (within 10 years prior to application), or

4b. Obtain at least two years’ work experience as a dental assistant (within five years prior to application), successfully complete a New Jersey Board- approved program in expanded functions, and pass the New Jersey Expanded Duties-General Exam (administered by DANB), or

4c. Obtain at least two years’ work experience as a dental assistant (within five years prior to application) and pass the New Jersey Expanded Duties-General Exam (administered by DANB), AND

5. Apply for licensure as an RDA to the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry.