dental assisting

Dental Assistant I and Dental Assistant II

In North Carolina, there are two classifications for Dental Assistants (DAI and DAII.)  North Carolina does NOT certify assistants. Classification is based on experience and/or training as listed below. It is up to the employer to verify an assistant's qualifications and determine if he/she is a DAI or DAII.

To be classified as a Dental Assistant II, an assistant must meet one (1) of the following criteria:

1) successful completion of:
a) an ADA-accredited dental assisting program and current certification in CPR; or
b) one academic year or longer in an ADA-accredited dental hygiene program, and current certification in CPR

2) successful completion of:
a) full-time employment and experience as a chairside assistant for two years (3,000 hours) of the preceding five, during which period the assistant may be trained in any dental delivery setting and allowed to perform the functions of a Dental
Assistant II under the direct control and supervision of a licensed dentist;
b) a 3-hour course in sterilization and infection control;
c) a 3-hour course in dental office emergencies;
d) radiology training consistent with G.S. 90-29(s)(12);and
e) current certification in CPR; or

3) successful completion of the certification examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, and current certification in CPR.

Radiography Requirements

A certified dental assistant [(one who successfully completes the DANB exam (see (3) above)] or an assistant who completes an ADA-accredited dental assisting or dental hygiene program may take radiographs without further examination. All others, including those who move to North Carolina from out-of-state,  must successfully pass an equivalency exam. This exam may be challenged after completing "seven hours of instruction in the production and use of dental x-rays and an education program of not less than seven hours in clinical dental radiology." You must be able to prove that you have the minimal amount of training to be eligible to take the radiology equivalency exam, or you may take a course prior to taking the exam. Any Board approved radiography course is acceptable and any approved course's final examination is recognized as the equivalency exam.

Delegable Functions

For a list of delegable functions for DA I or DA II, please refer to the Dental Assisting National Board's (DANB) latest publication for North Carolina. Click here.

Functions of the Board of Dental Examiners
The administration of licensure examinations for dentists and dental hygienists
The promulgation of rules and enforcement of laws and regulations governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in this state
The issuance and renewal of licenses to dentists and dental hygienists