Mississippi Dental Assistant Requirements

Radiography Requirements

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

Radiography Requirements

A dental assistant must:

1a. Hold a current national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification, OR 

1b. Successfully complete a Mississippi Board-approved radiology seminar and exam within 90 days prior to application, OR

1c. Graduate from a CODA-Accredited dental assisting program within 12 months prior to application, OR

1d. Graduate from a CODA-Accredited dental assisting program more than 12 months prior to application for permit and provide sworn statements related to employment and administration of radiographs within the five-year period preceding application, AND

2. Apply to the Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners for a radiology permit.

Dental Assisting Job Titles and Requirements for Each Level

Dental Assistant

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

All dental assistants involved in direct patient care must be certified in CPR (within 180 days of employment). There are no other education or training requirements for this level of dental assisting.

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