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Radiography Requirements

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

Radiography Requirements

A dental auxiliary in the state of Montana must:

1a. Successfully complete the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam. After successful completion of the RHS exam, DANB will issue the assistant a DANB RHS certificate of knowledge-based competency. DANB will then send proof to the Montana Board of Dentistry (MBD) that the assistant passed the RHS exam. Dental assistants are not legally allowed to expose radiographs in Montana until they receive a certificate from DANB, OR

1b. Graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program, OR

1c. Hold a certification in dental radiography in another state, OR

1d. Hold a certification in dental radiography from the U.S. military.

Note: Effective Jan. 12, 2007, the Montana Board of Dentistry (MBD) no longer requires dental assistants to pass the Montana Clinical Radiologic Proficiency exam as part of the requirements to perform dental radiographic procedures.

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

Dental Auxiliary

A dental auxiliary in the state of Montana may perform basic supportive dental procedures specified by the state dental practice act under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. To qualify, one must:

1a. Graduate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program, OR

1b. Receive instruction and training by a licensed dentist, OR

1c. Receive instruction and training in a Montana Board-approved continuing education course.

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