Dental Assistant Training Requirements and Programs Illinois

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

Illinois has two levels of dental assistants:

  1. Unlicensed
  2. Dental Assistant Board Qualified in Expanded Functions

Unlicensed Dental Assistants 

An unlicensed dental assistant may perform basic supportive dental procedures, under the direct supervision and full responsibility of a licensed dentist.  A dental assistant in Illinois may perform radiographic procedures and take x-rays.  There is no formal training or exam requirement at this level.

Dental Assistants Qualified in Expanded Functions

 A dental assistant that wishes to perform certain expanded functions in his or her job, must first earn state certification in each of the expanded functions.  These functions still must be performed under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

Expanded Functions Include:

  • Monitor nitrous oxide administration
  • Coronal polishing, apply sealants

Eligibility criteria for qualification in expanded functions are:

  1. Be at least 18 years old

  2. Completed 1,000 hours clinical dental assisting experience -or- completion of a CODA accredited dental assisting program -or- hold the DANB (Dental Assisting National Board) Certified Dental Assistant certification

  3. Complete an Illinois Board-approved course specifically for each expanded function -or- Complete an Illinois Board-approved dental assisting program that contains the expanded fuction(s) in the curriculum

  4. Maintain current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification in order to monitor patients while nitrous oxide is being administered

  5. Maintain Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Certification or equivalent in order to monitor patients under minimal, moderate or deep sedation, or under general anesthesia

How much are the fees to apply to be a Dental Assistant Qualified in Expanded Functions?  Course fees will vary depending on course provider.

Does Illinois offer reciprocity for training with any other states?  Clarification to be provided.

Helpful Links:

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

Illinois Dental Practice Act:  Read the Dental Practice Act Here