Dental Assistant/Expanded Duties FAQs
If I graduated from a board approved dental assisting program is it necessary to obtain the dental radiographer certification?
No, you are not required to obtain the dental radiographer certification if you completed a board approved program as part of your expanded duty training. Please see Rule 64B5-9.011, Florida Administrative Code.
You may obtain dental radiographer certification through the Department of Health by filling out the application upon completion of three months of on-the-job training through assisting in the positioning and exposing of dental radiographic film under the direct supervision of a Florida licensed dentist and documentation of successful completion of a Board approved course which meets the requirements of Rule 64B5-9.011, Florida Administrative Code. The fee for the certification is $35.00, payable to the Department of Health. Dental Radiographer Certification
I graduated from a dental assisting program in another state that was accredited by the ADA’s Commission on Accreditation. What must I do now to practice in Florida?
Graduates of a dental assisting program accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation or a course or program approved by the Florida Board of Dentistry for the purpose of providing expanded duty training are approved to perform expanded duties in which he/she was trained. The certificate of completion must be posted in a conspicuous place in the dental office.
I have worked for many years as a dental assistant in another state. Will this on-the-job training fulfill the Florida requirements for expanded duties?
No. Although you may perform very limited duties as a dental assistant in Florida, in order to perform expanded duties you must have the training required by rule. Please refer to rule 64B5-16.005, Florida Administrative Code.
I have a certification from the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Is this certification valid in Florida?
Florida does not recognize the DANB credential.
Florida does not offer reciprocity and does not license dental assistants; therefore you cannot transfer a dental assistant license from another state.