Dental Assistant Training Requirements and Programs Virginia

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

In Virginia, dental assistants are required to be certified in radiology before placing and exposing radiological pictures.

You may place  or expose dental x-rays after completing one of the following three training options:

  1. Satisfactorily completing a course or examination recognized by the Commission on Dental  Accreditation of the American Dental Association,
  2. Becoming certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, or
  3. Satisfactorily completing a radiation course and passing an examination given by the Dental Assisting National Board.

In Virginia, dental assistants also require a license to practice.  Dental Assistants II in Virginia must first hold a current certification as a Certified Dental Assistant through the DANB (Dental Assisting National Board).  This is a prerequisite for entry into an educational program to prepare for registration as a Dental Assistant II.

Next, a person shall complete the following extensive list of requirements through an educational program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association:

1. At least 50 hours of didactic course work in dental anatomy and operative dentistry.  This requirement may be completed online.

2. Laboratory training that may be completed in the following modules with no more than 20% of the specified instruction to be completed as homework in a dental office:

  • a. At least 40 hours of placing, packing, carving, and polishing of amalgam restorations;
  • b. At least 60 hours of placing and shaping composite resin restorations;
  • c. At least 20 hours of taking final impressions and use of a non-epinephrine retraction cord; and
  • d. At least 30 hours of final cementation of crowns and bridges after adjustment and fitting by the dentist.

3. Clinical experience applying the techniques learned in the preclinical coursework and laboratory training that may be completed in a dental office in the following modules:

  • a. At least 80 hours of placing, packing, carving, and polishing of amalgam restorations;
  • b. At least 120 hours of placing and shaping composite resin restorations;
  • c. At least 40 hours of taking final impressions and use of a non-epinephrine retraction cord; and
  • d. At least 60 hours of final cementation of crowns and bridges after adjustment and fitting by the dentist.

4. Successful completion of the following competency examinations given by the accredited educational programs:

  • a. A written examination at the conclusion of the 50 hours of didactic coursework;
  • b. A practical examination at the conclusion of each module of laboratory training; and
  • c. A comprehensive written examination at the conclusion of all required coursework, training, and experience for each of the corresponding modules.

All treatment of patients must be under the direct and immediate supervision of a licensed dentist who is responsible for the performance of duties by the student. The dentist shall attest to successful completion of the clinical competencies and restorative experiences.

A Dental Assistant II may also register in the state of Virginia through endorsement, if they can provide evidence of the following:

  1. Current CDA registration through the Dental Assisting National Board
  2. Be currently authorized to perform expanded duties in another state.
  3. Hold a credential, registration, or certificate with qualifications substantially equivalent in hours of instruction and course content to those set forth in 18VAC60-20-61.  If the qualifications were not substantially equivalent the dental assistant can document experience in the restorative and prosthetic expanded duties set
    forth in 18VAC60-20-230 for at least 24 of the past 48 months preceding application for registration in
    Virginia.
  4. Be in good standing in each state in which he or she is certified, and be of good moral character.
  5. Not have committed any act that would constitute a violation of § 54.1-2706 of the Code of Virginia
  6. Attest to have read and remain current with the laws governing dental practice in the state of Virginia.

 

Helpful Links:

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

Virginia Board of Dentistry – Info for Dental Assistants  –  http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/dentistry/dentistryFaq.htm#DenAssitant

Current forms and applications – http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/dentistry/dentistry_forms.htm#Assistant