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. Successfully complete a course in dental radiology and the course’s final examination. The course shall include at least 7 hours of didactic, lecture-based instruction and at least 14 hours of laboratory instruction. OR

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

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