Dental Assistant Training Requirements and Programs Colorado

State specific dental assistant training requirements for Colorado, including links to important governing body websites and course providers.  Find dental assistant schools in Colorado on our schools page.

The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners does not regulate or require the registration of dental assistants or expanded duty dental assistants; however, there are minimum standards for qualifications, training and education for unlicensed personnel exposing patients to ionizing radiation.

All unlicensed dental personnel who expose patients to ionizing radiation (by taking x-rays) must:

1. Be a minimum of 18 years of age.

2. Successfully complete minimum safety education and training for operating machine sources of ionizing radiation and administering such radiation to patients.

Such education and training shall include at least 8 hours in the following areas, but not limited to:

  1. Dental nomenclature – .5 hours;
  2. Machine operation exposure factors – 1.5 hours;
  3. Operator and patient safety – 1 hour.
  4. Practical or clinical experience in:
  • Intra/extra – oral techniques for exposing radiographs – 4 hours;
  • Appropriate film handling and storage – .25 hour;
  • Appropriate processing procedures – .5 hours;
  • Appropriate patient record documentation for radiographs – .25 hour.

Written verification of education and training must be provided by the sponsoring agency, educational institution or licensee to each student upon completion. This written verification must be kept in each unlicensed person’s employment record located at his or her place of employment; another copy kept by the unlicensed person. Written verification must include:

  1. Name of agency, educational institution or licensee who provided such education and training;
  2. Verification of hours;
  3. Date of completion;
  4. Exposure techniques for which education and training have been provided, i.e., bitewings, periapicals, occlusals, and panoramic.

Education and training shall be obtained through one of the following methods:

  • Education and training may be obtained through programs approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education, the Private Occupational School Division, or the equivalent in any other state. Such programs shall include the education and training as specified above.
  • Education and training may be provided on the job by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist providing a Board approved educational module which complies with subsection B is used as the basis for such training.
  • Proof of successful completion of the Dental Assisting National Board Examination (DANB).

Newly hired untrained dental personnel must comply with these rules within three months of becoming employed in a capacity in which they will be delegated the task of exposing radiographs.

Helpful Links:

You may find additional information through these links to your state’s official dental board page, or one of our sponsors.

Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners:  https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Dental_Board