Dental Assistant Training Requirements and Programs Massachusetts

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

Massachusetts has four types of Dental Assistants

  1. Dental Assistant – Trained on the Job
  2. Formally Trained Dental Assistant
  3. Certified Dental Assistant (through DANB)
  4. Expanded Function Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Trained on the Job

Dental assistants may be trained by a licensed dentist on the job in Massachusetts.  They may only take dental radiographs under the direct supervision of a dentist after completing a course in radiological techniques and safeguards, and pass the DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam within one year.

Formally Trained Dental Assistant

Formally trained dental assistants may also take dental radiographs under the direct supervision of a dentist after successfully completing a course with a curriculum that complies with Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) standards for radiological techniques and safeguards in dentistry.

One may become a formally trained dental assistant in Massachusetts by completing a dental assisting program, of at least one year, that is accredited or recognized by either Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); or that meets the standards of the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Certified Dental Assistant (through Dental Assisting National Board)

Certified Dental Assistants may take dental radiographs under the general supervision of a licensed dentist.  This accreditation is obtained directly through the DANB by passing all three exams – the infection control exam (ICE), the radiation health and safety exam (RHS), and general chairside (GC) after completing a CODA accredited course or more than two years of paid dental assisting experience.

Expanded Function Dental Assistant

Expanded function dental assistants may take dental radiographs in Massachusetts under the general supervision of a licensed dentist.  One may become an expanded function dental assistant in Massachusetts by graduating from a CODA-accredited dental assisting program or school, holding a current national DANB CDA certification, and finally completing a formal CODA accredited program in expanded functions.

Helpful Links:

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

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry – http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/hcq/dhpl/dentist/