Florida Dental Assisting Requirements
Below are the Dental Assistant requirements for the State of Florida. To confirm that you meet these requirements or if you have any questions, please reach out to the Florida dental board.
Disclaimer: This data is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
To legally operate dental X-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in Florida, a dental assistant must either:
- Graduate from a Florida Board of Dentistry-approved dental assisting school or program, OR
- Be state-certified as a dental radiographer by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).
To obtain the dental radiography certification, a dental assistant who has not graduated from a
Board-approved dental assisting school or program must:
- Successfully complete at least three months of continuous on-the-job training through assisting in the positioning of digital radiographic sensors and positioning and exposing of dental radiographic images under the direct supervision of a Florida-licensed dentist, AND
- Successfully complete a Florida Board-approved radiology course within 12 months of completing on-the-job training, AND
- Apply to the FDOH for certification.
On-the-Job Trained Dental Assistant
Dental assistants in Florida must have formal training to perform the expanded functions listed in the Practice Act.
To qualify to perform expanded functions, one must:
- Complete a course or program administered by or developed as part of the regular curriculum at a dental, dental hygiene,or dental assisting educational program accredited by CODA that provided training in the expanded function OR
- Successfully complete a Florida Board-approved expanded duties formal training program.
Note: The DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification was removed as a pathway to qualify to perform expandedfunctions in Florida effective May 2009. Dental Assistants who were employed in Florida and had earned the CDA certification prior to the effective date of this rule change are “grandfathered in” and are permitted to perform expanded functions in Florida. Contact the Florida Board of Dentistry for specific information about this rule change.
To monitor nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia, a dental assistant must:
- Complete a course of training of no less than two days as described in the American Dental Association’s “Guidelines for Teaching Pain Control and Sedation to Dentists and Dental Assistants” or equivalent, AND
- Be certified in an American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or equivalent agency sponsored CPR course at the basic life support level, to include one person CPR, two person CPR, infant resuscitation, obstructed airway, and use of either an Automated External Defibrillator or a defibrillator and electrocardiograph, with a periodic update not to exceed two years.
Dental Assistant Formally Trained in Restorative Functions
A dentist may delegate remediable intraoral restorative functions to be performed under direct supervision to a Dental assistant who has met the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years of age, AND
- Be a high school graduate or equivalent, AND
- Hold current BLS for Healthcare Provider certificate, AND
4a. Graduate from a dental assisting program accredited by a dental accrediting entity recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or
4b. Successfully complete a Florida Board-approved expanded duties formal training program, AND
- Document proof of 2,400 hours of clinical work experience in either a dental office or as a dental assisting educator within 24 months of admittance to the mandatory restorative functions training course, AND
- Complete a mandatory restorative functions training course offered by a dental or dental hygiene school or program that is accredited by a dental accrediting entity recognized by the United States Department of Education meeting the requirements of Florida Board of Dentistry rules and receive a course completion certificate.
Note: All students must have a delegating dentist to enroll in the mandatory restorative functions training program.
Frequently Asked Questions
Effective July 1, 2018, all dental assistants and Expanded Function Dental Assistants must provide records demonstrating successful performance on DANB’s Infection Control (ICE) exam or an infection control competency assessment administered by a CODA-accredited dental education program in Connecticut.
Dental assistants in Florida must have formal training to perform the expanded functions listed in the Practice Act. To qualify, check here for qualification.
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