Massachusetts CDE Requirements

Dental Assisting Job Titles and CDE Requirements by Level

Dental Assistant Trained on the Job (OJT)
Formally Trained Dental Assistant (FTDA)
Certified Assistant (CA)
Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)

# CDE Required: 12 hours (See note below about revision for first renewal cycle.)
Renewal Period: Every 2 years
Required Topics: Infection control in the dental healthcare setting; certification in CPR/AED or BLS
Online Courses Allowed: A dental assistant may earn a maximum of six CEUs per renewal cycle by the completion of an individual study course (home study, on-line, correspondence, audio or video). Such courses must include a test, which the licensee must pass to obtain credit.

More information: Massachusetts 234 CMR 8 Continuing Education

Note: Massachusetts regulations requiring registration/licensure of all dental assistants became effective in October 2014. For the first renewal cycle, all licensed dental assistants were required to complete 4-6 CEUs (rather than 12 CEUs) no later than October 31, 2015. This was a one-time only revision of the CEU requirements for all licensed dental assistants. During the second licensure cycle beginning on November 1, 2015, all licensed dental assistants will be required to complete 12 CEUs no later than October 31, 2017. See the Massachusetts Board’s Update for more information. 

A dental assistant who assists a dentist holding a deep sedation/general anesthesia permit in anesthesia administration, including patient monitoring, must be appropriately trained to assist in anesthesia administration and must hold current certification in BLS for the Healthcare Provider.

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