Dental Assistant Training Requirements and Programs South Carolina

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

South Carolina has two levels of Dental Assistants

  1. Dental Assistant / Dental Radiographer
  2. Expanded Duty Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

No formal academic dental training is required for dental assistants to perform basic supportive board-approved procedures.  These procedures must be performed under the direct supervision of a dentist present on the premises and licensed in South Carolina.  Dental Assistants may only expose radiographs in South Carolina upon completion of a Board approved radiation safety course.  Every dentist must certify to the Board that any person employed by him, who shall place and expose radiographic films, has successfully completed the required training.

Expanded Duty Dental Assistant

To become an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant in South Carolina, one must graduate from an American Dental Association accredited dental assisting program  -OR- complete two (2) years of continuous full-time employment as a chairside dental assistant.  In addition to the permitted procedures for dental assistants, Expanded Duty Dental Assistants may perform the following procedures under the direct supervision of a dentist present on the premises and licensed in South Carolina.

Expanded Duties in South Carolina include:

-Take impressions for study models.
-Place and remove socket dressing.
-Place gingival retraction cord.
-Place temporary restorations.
-Cement temporary crowns or bridges.
-Remove excess cement from restoration and/or appliances.
-Polish restorations and supra-gingival tooth structure.
-Application of pit and fissure sealant.
-Monitor nitrous oxide anesthesia upon completion of a Board approved course and certification by the Board.

Does South Carolina have reciprocity with any other state?  No. Reciprocity is not offered in South Carolina.

Helpful Links:

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

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation –