North Carolina 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.

North Carolina Requirements

Dental Assistant Levels and Requirements


Dental Assistant II (DA II) Requirements

To perform expanded functions under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in North Carolina, one must be classified as a DA II. To qualify as a DA II, one must:

1. Hold a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, AND

2a. Successfully complete a CODA-accredited dental assisting program or one academic year or longer in a CODA-accredited dental hygiene program, or

2b. Pass the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam, or

2c. Complete a 3-hour course in sterilization and infection control and complete a 3-hour course in dental office emergencies and, after completing these courses and Item (1) above, receive training in any dental delivery setting and perform the functions of a Dental Assistant II under the direct control and supervision of a licensed dentist.

To qualify to perform coronal polishing, a DA II must:

1. Complete a course in coronal polishing identical to that taught in a CODA-accredited dental assisting program, or by a licensed North Carolina hygienist or dentist lasting at least seven clock hours and meeting content requirements established by the North Carolina Board, before using a slow speed handpiece with rubber cup or bristle brush attachment.

To qualify to monitor patients under nitrous oxide, a DA II must:

1. Successfully complete a North Carolina Board-approved seven-hour course in nitrous oxide-oxygen conscious sedation.

Note: At its April 8, 2021 meeting, the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners opined that a foreign trained dentist may serve as a Dental Assistant II, provided that their credentials are verified by the supervising dentist.