To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in Ohio, a dental assistant must meet the requirements shown below.
A dental assistant must be state certified as a Dental Assistant Radiographer. To obtain this certification, one must:
1a. Hold a current national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, or
1b. Complete an Ohio Board-approved training course, including a clinical section,
Note: The DALE Foundation's DANB RHS Review course meets this requirement. Instructions for completing option 1b using the DALE Foundation's DANB RHS Review Course.
A. Purchase and complete the DALE Foundation's online DANB RHS Review course. The Ohio State Dental Board requires a minimum of 75% on the post-course assessment.
B. Within 60 days of successfully completing the DANB RHS Review course, submit the completed Affidavit of Ohio Clinical Radiography Training form and a $40 processing fee to the DALE Foundation. Forms may be submitted via email, mail or fax as noted at the bottom of the form. The DALE Foundation accepts credit card, check or money order.
C. Appoximately 3-4 weeks after submitting the completed form and payment, the DALE Foundation will send an email notification to the candidate informing him or her that the Ohio Clinical Radiography Training form has been processed and the Ohio State Dental Board has been notified that the education and clinical components of Ohio's dental radiography requirements have been met.
D. Contact the Ohio State Dental Board to complete the Ohio dental assistant radiographer certificate application process. It is the candidate's responsiblity to read and comply with the current laws and guidelines provided by the Ohio State Dental Board. Candidates should retain a copy of the DALE Foundation email from step 1.b.C. and submit it to the Ohio State Dental Board along with the application. Visit http://www.dental.ohio.gov/forms/darapp.pdf.
1c. Hold a Certified Ohio Dental Assistant certification from the Ohio Commission on Dental Assistant Certification, or
1d. Hold a license, certificate, or other credential issued by another state that the Ohio State Dental Board deems equivalent to Ohio’s standards for dental assistant radiographer certification, AND
2. Apply to the Ohio State Dental Board for certification as a Dental Assistant Radiographer. (Proof of immunity to or immunization against the hepatitis B virus is required.)
Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level
Basic Qualified Personnel (BQP)
Basic qualified personnel must be trained directly via an employer/dentist, via a planned sequence of instruction in an educational institution or via in-office training.
NOTE: All dental health care workers in Ohio must show evidence of immunity to or immunization against the hepatitis B virus, unless a waiver has been granted.
Monitor Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen (N2O-O2) Minimal Sedation: Basic qualified personnel may monitor nitrous oxide-oxygen (N2O-O2) minimal sedation if they have completed a basic life-support training course and remain current at all times when monitoring N2O-O2 AND have successfully completed a six-hour course in N2O-O2 monitoring and an exam provided by an Ohio State Dental Board-approved permanent sponsor or (2b) have graduated on or after 1/1/10 from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program that included equivalent training or (2c) hold a current credential issued by another state for the monitoring of N2O-O2 and received training that was substantially equivalent to the Ohio training requirements AND (3) have at least two years of active practice and at least 3,000 hours of experience in the practice of dental assisting.
DANB Certified Dental Assistant or Certified Ohio Dental Assistant
The Ohio State Dental Board recognizes the following two dental assisting certifications:
1. DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, or
2. Certified Ohio Dental Assistant certification administered by the Ohio Commission on Dental Assistant Certification (OCDAC)
Current holders of either of these certifications may qualify to perform placement of pit and fissure sealants and to earn a state certificate in coronal polishing by meeting additional requirements.
Coronal Polishing: In order to receive a certificate from the Ohio State Dental Board permitting the dental assistant to perform coronal polishing procedures, a holder of DANB CDA certification or OCDAC certification must:
1. Successfully complete an Ohio Board-approved training program, AND
2. Successfully pass standardized testing immediately following successful completion of a skills assessment component of an approved training program or pass DANB's Coronal Polish (CP) exam, AND
3. Apply to the Ohio State Dental Board for certification to perform coronal polishing. (Proof of immunity to or immunization against the hepatitis B virus is required.)
Pit and Fissure Sealants: Holders of DANB CDA certification or OCDAC certification may perform pit and fissure sealants upon successfully completing a course containing a minimum of two hours of didactic instruction and six hours of clinical instruction. In addition, the supervising dentist must observe the assistant successfully apply at least six sealants.
Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA)
To perform expanded functions under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist in the state of Ohio, a dental assistant must qualify as an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA). To qualify as an EFDA, one must:
1. Complete an Ohio Board-approved EFDA training course that is accredited by either the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools’ Higher Learning Commission (course may require proof of DANB CDA certification for entry), AND
2. Pass the EFDA exam administered by the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio (CODT), AND
3. Hold a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification, AND
4. Apply to the Ohio State Dental Board for registration as an EFDA. (Proof of immunity to or immunization against the hepatitis B virus is required.)