Wisconsin 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.

Wisconsin Requirements

Dental Assistant Levels and Requirements


Dental Assistant (Unlicensed Person)

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary Requirements

To perform specified expanded functions in Wisconsin, one must obtain state certification as an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary: To qualify, one must:

I. a. Complete at least 1,000 hours practicing as a dental assistant and hold current DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification OR

b. Complete at least 2,000 hours practicing as a dental assistant, as verified by the supervising licensed dentist 


II. Successfully complete at least 70 hours of classroom instruction from an accredited program that provides training in practice as an auxiliary 


III. Maintain current proficiency in CPR, including the use of an automated external defibrillator, achieved through instruction provided by an approved individual, organization, or institution of higher education 


IV. Submit fee and application to the Board for EFDA certification

Note: The Wisconsin Legislature passed a new law during the 2022 legislative session authorizing the creation of an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary who may perform specified functions. The Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board has promulgated rules to implement this new law, but permanent rulemaking is not yet completed.