Dental Assistant Training Requirements and Programs Idaho

State specific dental assistant training requirements for Idaho, including links to important governing body websites and course providers. Find dental assistant schools in Idaho here.

Idaho has two levels of dental assistants:

  1. Unlicensed
  2. Dental Assistant Board Qualified in Expanded Functions

Unlicensed Dental Assistants 

An unlicensed dental assistant may perform basic supportive dental procedures, under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.  A dental assistant in Idaho may perform radiographic procedures and take x-rays.  There is no formal training or exam requirement at this level.

Dental Assistants Board Qualified in Expanded Functions

 A dental assistant in Idaho may be considered Board Qualified in Expanded Functions, which would authorize the assistant to perform any or all of the expanded functions upon satisfactory completion of Board approved training.

Assistants are not authorized to perform expanded function duties in Idaho prior to completion of Board approved training, or until out-of-state training has been evaluated and a certificate of registration has been issued by the Idaho Board of Dentistry.

Expanded Function duties authorized by the Board include:

  • Fabrication and placement of temporary crowns
  • Mechanical polishing of restorations
  • Aiding in the administration of nitrous oxide
  • Application of pit and fissure sealants
  • Coronal polishing
  • Use of a highspeed handpiece restricted to removal of orthodontic cement or resin

How much are the fees to apply to be a Dental Assistant Board Qualified in Expanded Functions?  Course fees will vary depending on course provider.

Does Idaho offer reciprocity for training with any other states?  Yes.  Assistants who have completed training in expanded functions at an out-of-state program may apply to the Board of Dentistry to obtain approval of the course(s).  Typically this would require a letter from the training program verifying completion of the specific expanded function(s) in detail.  Transcripts or copies of certificates are usually not specific enough.

Helpful Links:

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

State of Idaho Board of Dentistry – Information for Dental Assistants – http://isbd.idaho.gov/pdf/DA%20Info.pdf

Administrative Rule 35, Regulating Permitted Duties of Dental Assistants – http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/19/0101.pdf