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

Radiography Requirements

To legally operate dental X-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in North Carolina, a dental assistant must meet the requirements shown below.

A dental assistant must:

1. Pass the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam, OR

2. Pass a radiological equivalency exam recognized by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. The equivalency exam may be taken by an assistant who can show evidence of seven hours of instruction in the production and use of dental x-rays and an educational program of not less than seven hours in clinical dental radiography, OR

3. Successfully complete a CODA-accredited dental assisting program, OR

4. Qualify as a DA II (see DA II requirements)