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:
Dental assistants who do not perform these services do not need a license.
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:
To meet the education requirements for licensure as a certified dental assistant you must have:
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).
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.
The fee for licensure and first registration is $103.
The fee for a limited permit is $40.
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.
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 270
Fax: (518) 402-5354
31-9091 - Dental Assistants
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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
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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