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 and administrative rules under the direct or general supervision of a licensed dentist.

There are no other education or training requirements for this level of dental assisting, except for the aforementioned training required to operate dental radiography equipment (see above).

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

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

1. Receive a degree or certificate from a CODA-Accredited educational 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.

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*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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