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Become a Dental Assistant in the District of Columbia - DC

There are currently 500 registered dental assistants in the District of Columbia, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How to Become a Dental Assistant in the District of Columbia

Dental assistants in the District of Columbia do not need to be licensed to practice. A dental auxiliary in the District of Columbia is a dental assistant that performs expanded functions and does need additional training and education. Therefore, the path to becoming a dental assistant or dental auxiliary varies greatly. If you are interested in becoming a dental assistant or dental auxiliary, check with local dentists to determine their education requirements. Training for a dental auxiliary often comes from the military. Below are basic steps to becoming a dental assistant or dental auxiliary in the District of Columbia:

  1. Choose an educational path to becoming a dental assistant or dental auxiliary. Choices include on-the-job training, a dental assistant certificate program often offered by community colleges, or military training.
  2. Complete chosen education.
  3. Obtain CPR training and certification.
  4. Take the American Dental Assisting National Board Exam, if applicable. A dental auxiliary is required to complete a radiation course or exam that is recognized by the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program; or be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists; or complete a radiation course and pass the national Dental Assisting National Board Radiation Health and Safety Exam.

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