Dental Assistant Registration
Registered Dental Assistants are auxilliary staff who are deemed "registered" when the dentist employer report their names on the Online Dental License Renewal every biennium.
If you are a dental assistant, you do not complete a registration. You only become a "registered dental assistant" if your employer dentist lists your name on the Online Dental License Renewal.
The employer dentist will report the names of the employees as Registered Dental Assistants who have completed Board approved educational requirements for:
- Coronal Polishing
- IV Placement
If you are a dentist employer, no action needs to be taken to register any auxilliary staff until you complete your Online Dental License Renewal.
||CODA Approved Programs
The Commission on Dental Accreditation approved Dental Assisting programs can be searched for on the CODA website at the link provided.
Search for CODA approved Dental Assisting Program
Dentist employers are required to keep a documentation file of approved training and certifications for each Registered Dental Assistant.
The Board office does not keep documentation for Registered Dental Assistants. All documentation of approved training and certifications must be kept in the personnel file of the dentist employer under 201 KAR 8:201 Section 2:
Section 2. General Registration Requirements and General Training Requirements.
(1) A dentist licensed in the Commonwealth shall register all dental assistants in his or her practice on the Application for Renewal of Dental Licensure incorporated by reference in 201 KAR 8:530.
(2) The dentist shall retain in the personnel file for the registered dental assistant the following:
(a) A copy of the certificate of completion issued for the completion of the Coronal Polishing Course if the course has been taken by the dental assistant;
(b) A copy of the certificate of completion issued for the completion of the Radiation Safety Course if the course has been taken by the dental assistant;
(c) A copy of the certificate of completion issued for the completion of the Radiation Techniques Course if the course has been taken by the dental assistant;
(d) A copy of the certificate of completion issued for the completion of the Starting Intravenous Access Lines if the course has been taken by the dental assistant;
(e) A copy of proof of having current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that meets or exceeds the guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association, as incorporated by reference in 201 KAR 8:531; and
(f) A statement of the competency of procedures delegated to the dental assistant from the delegated duties list that includes the name of the:
(i) Individual trained; and
(ii) Licensee attesting to the competency of the Dental Assistant
All dentists in Kentucky who employ Registered Dental Assistants must report the names of the assistants on their Online Dental License Renewal, along with a designation of duties the assistant has been approved by the employer to perform, including:
Expanded Duties; and
The Board office does not keep any documentation for Registered Dental Assistants.
All radiography training that is not on the Approved Course List must be approved by the Board before a dental assistant may take x-rays in Kentucky.
To request approval of training that is not on the Approved Course List, please provide the the provider's description and outline of the course and the number of hours. Please send the supporting documentation for radiography course approval to the Kentucky Board of Dentistry to the attention of the Education Committee.
Documentation can be sent by email (KBD.Education@ky.gov), fax (502-429-7282) or USPS.
See 201 KAR 8:571 Section 4.
All dental assistants are required to complete a CODA (Council on Dental Accreditation) accredited program in Coronal Polishing to perform coronal polishing in Kentucky. In order to be certified, a dental assistant must submit documentation to the Board office which clearly shows:
successful completion of the CODA training; and
your name, current home address, phone number, and your email address
and the certificate will be sent in the mail.
Visit the CODA website.
See 201 KAR 8:571 Section 3.
||IV PLACEMENT CERTIFICATION
All IV Placement training that is not on the Approved Course List must also be approved by the Board before a dental assistant may place IVs in Kentucky.
To request approval of training that is not on the Approved Course List, you must submit the the provider's description and outline of the course and the number of hours spent teaching each topic. Send the supporting documentation for IV Placement course approval to the Kentucky Board of Dentistry to the attention of the Education Committee.
Documentation can be sent by email (KBD.Education@ky.gov), fax (502-429-7282) or USPS
See 201 KAR 8:571 Section 5.
||DENTAL ASSISTANT TRAINING
Although various for profit schools offer courses related to training Dental Assistants, the Kentucky Dental Practice Act does not require graduation from any specific educational program to become a Dental Assistant. Many Kentucky dentists offer on the job training for those interested in becoming a Dental Assistant. The Kentucky Dental Practice Act does, however, have very specific educational and testing requirements for those desiring to be a Registered Dental Hygienist.
For more information about Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists, please review the document below.
Dental Assistant Overview
Expanded Duties (EDDA) is not a specifically recognized certification under the law in Kentucky. Dental assistants who receive formailzed training or education in expanded duties do not qualify for a certification in Kentucky.
The employer dentist may indicate that an assistant has been approved to perform expanded dental assistant duties only under that individual dentist's direct supervision. A dental assistant is only authorized under the direct supervision of each specific individual employer dentist.