New Jersey Dental Assistant Requirements

Radiography Requirements

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

Radiography Requirements

A dental assistant must be licensed as a Dental Radiologic Technologist (DRT) by the New Jersey Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. To obtain this license, one must:

1. Successfully complete high school or its equivalent, AND

2. Be at least 18 years of age, AND

3. Be of good moral character, AND

4a. Successfully complete a New Jersey State-approved dental radiography course or its equivalent within the 5 years prior to application and pass the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam within the five years prior to application, OR 

4b. Successfully complete a NJ state-approved dental radiography course or its equivalent more than 5 years prior to application and pass the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam within the five years prior to application, and document competent work experience in performing dental radiography procedures within 5 years prior to application (Note: it is illegal to obtain this work experience in New Jersey without the permission of the NJ Bureau of X-Ray Compliance.), OR

4c. Successfully complete a NJ state-approved dental radiography course or its equivalent and hold current national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, AND 

5. Apply for licensure to the State of New Jersey Bureau of X-Ray Compliance.

Note: A licensed DRT is not permitted to perform conebeam CT procedures unless he or she has met the requirements in the 12/31/13 exemption.  Please contact the Bureau of X-Ray Compliance at 609-984-5890 for details.

New Jersey Dental Radiologic Technologist Requirements brochure (PDF)

New Jersey Bureau of X-Ray Compliance

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

Unregistered Dental Assistant

A unregistered dental assistant in the state of New Jersey may perform basic supportive dental procedures specified by the state dental practice act under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

There are no education or training requirements for this level of dental assisting.

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

To perform expanded functions under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in the state of New Jersey, dental assistants must be licensed by the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).To register as an RDA, one must:

1. Successfully complete high school or its equivalent, AND

2. Pass DANB’s national Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) or Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) exam (within 10 years prior to application), AND

3a. Graduate from a New Jersey Board-approved CODA-accredited dental assisting program (within 10 years prior to application), or

3b. Obtain at least two years’ work experience as a dental assistant (within five years prior to application), successfully complete a New Jersey Board-approved program in expanded functions, and pass the New Jersey Expanded Duties - General Exam (administered by DANB), or

3c. Obtain at least two years’ work experience as a dental assistant (within five years prior to application) and pass the New Jersey Expanded Duties - General Exam (administered by DANB), AND

4. Apply for licensure as an RDA to the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry.

New Jersey Expanded Duties – General Exam (NJXDG) Application (PDF)

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