Become a Dental Assistant in Kansas - KS
There are currently 293,000 dental assistants employed in the United States. Of this number, there are nearly 3,000 registered dental assistants in Kansas, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) May 2008 report. By the year 2016, it is expected that dental assistants will see a 30% rate of growth in this country. Kansas is also a state that does not require the licensure or registration of dental assistants, making the job a very appealing career choice for recent high school graduates and those looking to re-enter the workforce. Both careers often offer part-time and flexible hours, making them even more appealing.
How to Become a Dental Assistant in Kansas
Dental assistants in Kansas are not required to complete any formal education nor are they required to register or become licensed. Kansas dental assistants may perform, under the supervision of a licensed dentist, basic dental and radiologic procedures and operate radiology equipment. All dental assistants must be CPR certified.
Dental assistants who wish to perform expanded functions must become qualified as follows:
- Coronal Polishing – undergo appropriate training by a licensed dentist in Kansas
- Coronal Scaling – complete a Kansas Board-approved course of instruction
- Assisting in the administration and monitoring of nitrous oxide and/or oxygen – complete a Kansas Board-approved course of instruction
Above information, and additional dental assistant training information, can be found at the Dental Assisting National Board website – www.danb.org.