Arizona Dental Assistant Requirements

Radiography Requirements

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

Radiography Requirements

A dental assistant must hold a current Arizona Board-approved certificate in radiology. To obtain a certificate, one must:

1a. Pass the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam, OR

2a. Be currently certified in another U.S. jurisdiction that requires successful completion of a written dental radiography exam, AND

2b. Apply to the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners (ASBDE) for Dental Assistant Radiography Certification by Credential and receive the Arizona Radiologic Proficiency Certificate, issued by the ASBDE.

Learn more about DANB’s Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam.

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

Dental Assistant

A dental assistant in the state of Arizona 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.

Dental Assistant Qualified in Coronal Polishing

To perform coronal polishing procedures in the state of Arizona under the general supervision of a licensed dentist, a dental assistant must hold an Arizona Coronal Polishing Certificate. To qualify, one must:

1.  Pass DANB's Coronal Polishing (CP) exam found in the Arizona Coronal Polishing Certificate (AZCP) application packet (administered by DANB), AND

2. Submit an Arizona Coronal Polishing Clinical Skills Affidavit [Form B] completed by a licensed dentist or coronal polishing educator/course instructor to DANB, AND

3. Receive the Arizona Coronal Polishing Certificate, sent upon successful completion of the DANB Coronal Polishing (CP) exam and submission of the Arizona Coronal Polishing Clinical Skills Affidavit to DANB.

Learn more about the Arizona Coronal Polishing Certificate (AZCP).

Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)

To perform specified restorative functions in Arizona under the supervision of a licensed dentist, a dental assistant must hold an Arizona Expanded Function – Restorative Certificate. To qualify, one must:

1a. Hold the Arizona Coronal Polishing certificate and the Arizona Radiologic Proficiency certificate (see requirements above), AND

1b. Successfully complete an ASBDE-approved EFDA training course approved by the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners at a Commission on Dental Accreditation CODA-Accredited educational program, AND

1c. Pass DANB’s AMP, TMP and RF exams (apply online), AND

1d. Under the supervision of a licensed dentist, perform restorative procedures required by the ASBDE (place, contour and finish 20 direct restorations and place and cement five prefabricated crowns, following the preparation of the tooth by a licensed dentist) and document these procedures on a Licensed Dentist Endorsement form, OR

2a. Provide evidence of currently holding or having held within the previous ten (10) years a license, registration, permit or certificate in expanded functions in restorative procedures issued by another U.S. state or jurisdiction; AND

2b. Document clinical experience in the specified expanded functions on a Licensed Dentist Endorsement form, AND

2c. Apply to DANB for the Arizona Expanded Function - Restorative Functions Certificate.

**A registered dental hygienist may qualify to perform expanded functions by meeting the same requirements, with the exception that the registered dental hygienist is not required to take the RHS, CP and AMP exams.

AMP/TMP/RF exams (PDF)

Arizona Expanded Function - Restorative Functions Certificate (PDF)

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