Dental Assistant Training Requirements and Programs Ohio

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

Ohio has three types of Dental Assistants

  1. Basic Qualified Personnel
  2. Certified Dental Assistant
  3. Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary

NOTE: All dental health care workers in Ohio must show evidence of immunity to or immunization against the hepatitis B virus, unless a waiver has been granted.

Basic Qualified Personnel

Basic qualified personnel must be trained directly via an employer/dentist, via in-office training, and/or via a planned sequence of instruction in an educational institution.  A licensed dentist may assign under his direct supervision and full responsibility, basic tasks to basic qualified personnel.

To perform the monitoring of nitrous oxide-oxygen minimal sedation:

1. Must have at least two (2) years of active practice and at least 3,000 hours of experience in the practice of dental assisting in order to be allowed

2. Must be currently certified to perform basic life support through the AHA, ARC, or ASHI.

3. Meet one of the following:

  • Completed a six-hour course in nitrous oxide-oxygen (N2O-O2minimal sedation monitoring and successfully passed the written examination provided by a Permanent Sponsor
  • Graduated on or after January 1, 2010 from an ADA accredited program and have completed the equivalent training
  • Hold a current dental auxiliary license, certificate, permit, registration, or other credential issued by another state for the monitoring of N2O-O2 minimal sedation and the training received was substantially equivalent to the required hours, content and examination requirements set forth in Ohio Administrative Code section 4715-11-02.1(B)(1)

To Receive a Dental Assistant Radiographer Certificate, you must meet one of the following:

  • Complete a 7-hour board-approved dental assistant radiographer initial training course, including the clinical requirements, through an accredited educational institution or program or a permanent sponsor of the Board
  • Currently be a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) or a current Certified Ohio Dental Assistant (CODA) through the Ohio Commission on Dental Assistant Certification (OCDAC)
  • Hold a current license, certificate, or other credential issued by another state that the board determines uses standards for dental assistant radiographers that are at least equal to those established by State Dental Board rules.

Certified Dental Assistant

Pit and Fissure Sealants: In order to be allowed to apply pit and fissure sealants, you MUST be a currently Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) or a currently Certified Ohio Dental Assistant (CODA) through the Ohio Commission on Dental Assistant Certification (OCDAC).

You must have completed an eight-hour course in the application of sealants consisting of at least 2 hours of didactic instruction and 6 hours of clinical instruction through an ADA-accredited educational institution or college or a program provided by a Board approved or accepted sponsor of continuing education.

Coronal Polishing Certificate: In order to receive a coronal polishing certificate, you must complete one of the following:

  • Complete a 7-hour board-approved coronal polishing course (3 didactic and 4 clinical hours), including the clinical evaluation component, through an ADA-accredited educational institution or a college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and have successfully passed the standardized testing provided by the Dental Assisting National Board, the Ohio Commission on Dental Assistant Certification, or the educational institution wherein approved training was successfully completed.
  • Be a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) or a current Certified Ohio Dental Assistant (CODA) through the Ohio Commission on Dental Assistant Certification (OCDAC) and hold a current license, certificate, or other credential issued by another state that the board determines uses standards that are at least equal to those established by State Dental Board rules.

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary

Needs:

  • Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary Registration

Helpful Links:

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

Ohio State Dental Board –  www.dental.ohio.gov

Application and Rules – http://www.dental.ohio.gov/forms/dadoc.pdf