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Certified Dental Assistant

Description

Dental assistants perform a variety of support functions; those who elect to become licensed as New York certified dental assistants may also perform these services as part of a dental delivery team under the direct, personal supervision of a dentist:

  • Provide patient education
  • Take preliminary medical histories and vital signs to be reviewed by the dentist
  • Place and remove rubber dams, matrix bands, ligature ties and temporary separating devices
  • Remove orthodontic arch wires, periodontal dressings, and temporary cement (not including temporary fillings)
  • Select and prefit temporary crowns and orthodontic bands
  • Take impressions for study casts, diagnostic casts, space maintainers, orthodontic appliances, and occlusal guards (guards that prevent grinding of the teeth)
  • Remove stitches placed by a dentist
  • Apply topical cavity-preventing and desensitizing agents to the teeth

Dental assistants who do not perform these services do not need a license.

Licensing Requirements

Any use of the title "Certified Dental Assistant" within New York State requires licensure.

To be licensed as a certified dental assistant in New York State you must:

  • be at least 17 years of age;
  • meet education requirements; and
  • meet examination requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 133, Section 6608 of the New York's Education Law and Part 61 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education Requirements

To meet the education requirements for licensure as a certified dental assistant you must have:

  • Earned a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Completed a licensure-qualifying program in dental assisting or an equivalent program as determined by the State Education Department.

Examination Requirements

Passing scores on appropriate examinations administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), Inc. are required for licensure in New York. There are two pathways to qualify to take the required DANB examinations. See below to determine which examination section(s) you must complete.

Pathway I: Applicants who meet DANB's eligibility requirements

If you meet DANB's eligibility requirements, you must take and pass the current DANB CDA examination consisting of the following three components: Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), Infection Control (ICE), and General Chairside (GC).

  • If you have passed all three components of DANB's CDA examination after June 1, 1993, you have met New York State's examination requirement.
  • If you have passed DANB's CDA examination between June 1, 1985 and June 1, 1993, you must take and pass the Infection Control (ICE) component of the current DANB examination.
  • If you have passed DANB's CDA examination prior to June 1, 1985, you must take and pass the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and Infection Control (ICE) components of the current DANB examination.

Pathway II: Applicants who do not meet DANB's eligibility requirements

If you graduated from a New York State registered licensure qualifying dental assisting program, or the equivalent, but do not meet DANB's eligibility requirements, you must take and pass New York's three-part certified dental assisting examination (administered by DANB), which consists of DANB's Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and Infection Control (ICE) components and the New York Professional Dental Assisting component.

License fees:

The fee for licensure and first registration is $103.
The fee for a limited permit is $40.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2014, there were 106 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 140 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016 there were 1,401 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Dentistry Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 270
Fax: (518) 402-5354
E-mail: opunit3@nysed.gov

Standard Occupational Classification

31-9091 - Dental Assistants
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Additional Information

American Dental Assistants Association
140 N. Bloomingdale Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108-1017
Phone: (630) 994-4247
Fax: (630) 351-8490

Dental Assisting National Board
444 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Tollfree: (800) 367-3262
Fax: (312) 642-8507

Disclaimer:

Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/10/16.

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