Dental Assistant Training Requirements and Programs Maryland

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

Maryland has three types of Dental Assistants

  1. Dental Assistant
  2. Dental Assistant Qualified in General Duties
  3. Dental Assistant Qualified in Orthodontics

Dental Assistant

In the state of Maryland, a dental assistant must also be certified as a Dental Radiation Technologist in order to operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures.  Under no circumstances, regardless of education or experience, may a dental assistant perform radiographic procedures without first obtaining board certification.

To obtain certification, you must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, and be of good moral character.  You will also need to complete a Maryland board-approved course in dental radiography and pass the DANB Radiation Health and Safety Exam.  The course must be a minimum of 24 hours.

If you’re already certified or licensed in another state to perform x-rays, and have practiced completed 150 hours of relevant work experience in the past three years, you can also apply to the board by credentials.

Dental Assistant Qualified in General Duties

Certification requires completing a 35 hour board approved training course and passing the Maryland General Dental Assisting Expanded Functions Exam.

If you’re already a Certified Dental Assistant through the DANB, you may skip that step and apply directly to the board for state recognition as a Maryland Dental Assistant Qualified in General Duties.

Dental Assistant Qualified in Orthodontics

Dental assistants qualified in orthodontic functions must register with the Board.  This will first require a 35 hour training course, and you must pass the Maryland Orthodontic Assisting Expanded Functions Exam.

A second option would be to pass DANB’s Certified Orthodontic Assistant Exam and apply to the state board for recognition as a Maryland Dental Assistant Qualified in Orthodontics.

Helpful Links:

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

Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners –