Dental Assistant Training Requirements and Programs Rhode Island

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

Rhode Island has two levels of Dental Assistants

  1. Dental Assistants
  2. Certified Dental Assistants

A dentist may delegate reversible intraoral dental services, procedures or duties to a certified dental assistant or a dental assistant, based on the individual’s competency and/or training.  All delegated tasks are to be performed under the supervision of the dentist as approved by the Board.

Dental Assistant

A dental assistant may be unlicensed in Rhode Island, and may perform reversible intraoral procedures under the personal supervision of the dentist. He/she may not perform any of the procedures listed specifically for a licensed dental hygienist nor any irreversible intraoral procedures.

Certified Dental Assistant

A certified dental assistant may also perform reversible intraoral procedures under the direct supervision of the dentist.

A Certified Dental Assistant title is achieved by completing a course and exams through the Dental Assisting National Board, and receiving the Certified Dental Assistant certification, which is recognized in Rhode Island.  This certification will allow the assistant to perform expanded functions in Rhode Island.

Procedures they are permitted to perform may include the application of pit and fissure sealants and fluoride treatments, provided training was incorporated into the academic training from which the certified dental assistant graduated, or provided he or she has completed academic clinical training to clinical competence.


In order for either a dental assistant or certified dental assistant to expose radiographs (x-rays), they must successfully complete a course in dental radiography offered by a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited institution.

Helpful Links:

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

Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Dental Assistants: