Dental Assistant Training Requirements and Programs Vermont

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

There are three categories of dental assistants in Vermont:

  1. Traditional Dental Assistants
  2. Certified Dental Assistants
  3. Expanded Function Dental Assistants

Traditional Dental Assistants

All persons employed as traditional dental assistants in a dental office must register with the Board. A person who has not previously registered with the Board and who is hired to be a dental assistant must register within 30 days of the first day of employment.

A traditional dental assistant who is not a graduate of a CODA accredited program may perform all extraoral duties in the dental office or dental clinic which are assigned by the dentist.  During intraoral procedures, the traditional dental assistant may assist the dentist or clinical staff as assigned by the dentist.  The traditional dental assistant may take radiographs under a special endorsement of the registration.

A traditional dental assistant not a graduate of a CODA accredited dental assisting program may not perform coronal polishing or apply dental sealants until the traditional dental assistant has worked as a traditional dental assistant for at least six consecutive months.

Certified Dental Assistants

A person may become registered as a certified dental assistant if the person is certified by the Dental Assisting National Board.  A traditional dental assistant who has already obtained radiology privileges may register as a certified dental assistant upon successfully completing the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination.  Certification must be kept current through DANB.  A certified dental assistant may perform all the duties for which the certified dental assistant has received training.


Expanded Function Dental Assistants

A certified dental assistant who has successfully completed a formal program in expanded function duties at a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association may be registered as an expanded function dental assistant.

The training program shall have minimal requirements of 50 hours of didactic training and five weeks of clinical training, followed by six weeks of field training in dental offices, all under supervision of the faculty of the accredited school or its designates.  An expanded function dental assistant may perform those functions for which the certified dental assistant has been trained upon becoming employed by a licensed dentist.

Requirements to Receive Radiographic Endorsement

  • At least 18 years of age; and
  • Within the previous ten years, successfully completed a didactic and clinical or practical radiology course  provided by a school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. A student enrolled in a radiology course may take radiographs necessary to course completion, in the office of the employing or supervising dentist, but in no event more than 100 radiographs; and
  • Documented six months lawful employment as a dental assistant, or,
  • Has a radiography endorsement from another U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction having substantially equivalent standards to those of this state.  **Potential applicants, especially those new to Vermont, should be aware that acceptable radiology courses are not frequently offered in Vermont.  Finding and taking an acceptable radiology course in another jurisdiction may shorten or eliminate any delay before a radiologic endorsement can be issued.


Helpful Links:

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

Vermont Rules on Dental Practice –

Application for Registration as a Dental Assistant –