Become a Dental Assistant in Connecticut - CT
The field of dental assisting is expected to grow over the coming years. The BLS expects a growth rate of 36% through 2018. In 2008, there were approximately 295,300 registered dental assistants in Connecticut. Dental assistants will work with dentists in a dental office and should work well with people, according to the BLS.
To become a dental assistant in Connecticut, the Connecticut Department of Public Health does not require a certification or licensure. A dentist can allow a dental assistant to perform certain tasks such as taking x-rays as long as the dental assistant has taken the radiography portion of the test from the Dental Assisting National Board. The dentist has to be supervising the procedure, however. More information can be found on the Connecticut Department of Public Health website under “healthcare practitioners.”
According to the Connecticut Dental Assistants Association, one can become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) by passing the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam. This is offered through the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB). It is not a state-level certification.