Michigan Dental Assistant Requirements

Radiography Requirements

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

Radiography Requirements

A dental assistant must successfully complete a course in dental radiography that is substantially equivalent to a course taught in a CODA-accredited program.

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

Dental Assistant

A dental assistant in Michigan may perform basic supportive dental procedures specified by the state dental practice act under the direct or general supervision of a licensed dentist.

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

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

To become licensed as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in the state of Michigan, one must:

1. Receive a degree or certificate from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program or a school of dental assisting meeting Michigan Board of Dentistry requirements, which includes required instruction in Michigan expanded functions*, AND

2. Pass the Michigan board comprehensive and clinical exam or pass an equivalent exam in another state (proof of out-of-state licensure required), AND

3. Complete the fingerprinting/criminal background check process, AND

4. Apply for a license to the Michigan Board of Dentistry.

*Note: Individuals who earned the RDA credential prior to March 22, 2004, must complete additional expanded functions training courses before performing specified expanded functions.

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