How to Become a Dental Assistant in Ohio

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How to Become a Dental Assistant in Ohio

In Ohio, the State Dental Board oversees the dentistry profession and recognizes 3 categories of dental assistants:

  • Basic Qualified Personnel (BQP)
  • OCDAC Certified Ohio Dental Assistant/DANB Certified Dental Assistant
  • Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA)

The salary depends more on the certification and experience than on location.

Annual Salary Range:
$32K
$36K
$40K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Columbus$37,080
Cleveland$37,407
Cincinnati$36,869
Toledo$36,458
Akron$36,198
Dayton$36,650
Canton$36,006
Youngstown$35,742
Lorain$36,711
Hamilton$36,718

Becoming a Dental Assistant

There are certain requirements an individual must meet in order to become a dental assistant in Ohio.

Basic Qualified Personnel

To become a BQP, the individual will receive training via a licensed dentist and the process has to include classroom education and in-office training.

These professionals can monitor nitrous oxide minimal sedation if they meet the following requirements:

  • Age over 18 years
  • Graduate from a basic life-supporting training course
  • Have at least 2 years of active practice
  • Have at least 3,000 hours of experience as a dental assistant
  • Complete the 6-hour course in nitrous oxide monitoring and pass a test

In lieu of the last requirement, graduating from a dental assisting program that was accredited by CODA, is also acceptable.

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Certified Dental Assistant

The certified dental assistant must obtain their diploma through either the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) or OCDAC.

Those holding such a certification can place pit and fissure sealants.

They can obtain a further certification allowing them to do coronal polishing, but they must meet these requirements:

  • Complete the Board-approved training for coronal polishing
  • Pass the test assessing their skill and knowledge.

When all this process is completed, candidates need to fill out the Application for a Certificate to Perform Coronal Polishing in the State of Ohio.

These professionals can apply pit and fissure sealants only if they graduate from the appropriate training lasting for at least 6 hours of clinical practice and a minimum of 2 hours didactic education.

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary

Those who want to become an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (or EFDA) must complete an approved and accredited training course and then pass the related exam.

These classes last between 9 and 11 months and upon completion of the program, these candidates are considered entry-level dental assistants.

This course has to be approved by the Board in Ohio and accredited by CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) or North Central Association of Colleges and School’s Higher Learning Commission.

The exam is held through the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio.

DANB Certification Options for Dental Assistants in Ohio

The DANB certification is recognized in Ohio for several dental assisting requirements.

It can be considered enough for both the OCDAC Certified Ohio Dental Assistant/DANB Certified Dental Assistant and the

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) title.

If professionals pass the DANB’s Coronal Polish (CP) exam, then they can perform this task.

The CDA certification is obtained only after passing 3 exams:

  • General Chairside Assisting (GC)
  • Infection Control (ICE)
  • Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)

There are other DANB credentials dental assistants from Ohio can pursue:

  • Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA)
  • Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA)
  • Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA)

Everyone holding a DANB certification has to finish a minimum of 30 continuing education credits every year and then renew their credentials

Dental Assistant Radiographer Certification in Ohio

For this certification, candidates need to first complete a training program through a Board-approved sponsor.

Alternatively, the DANB or OCDAD certification are also accepted.

The diploma for Dental Assistant Radiographer is issued to those sending the application form and fee of $25, to the Board.

This certification has to be renewed on January 1st of all odd-numbered years.

This can be done after completing a minimum of 2 hours of continuing education in radiation technology.

School NameAddress
Case Western Reserve University10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
Dental Assistant Pro LLC191 W Schrock Rd, Westerville, OH 43081,
Dental Assistant Pro LLC767 Columbus Avenue Lebanon, OH 45036
Dental Assistant Pro LLC6343 Presidential Gateway, Columbus, Ohio 43231
Eastern Gateway Community College4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville, Ohio 43952-3598
Medina County Career Center1101 W Liberty St, Medina, Ohio 44256
Miami Valley Career Technology Center6800 Hoke Rd, Clayton, Ohio 45315
Ohio Valley College of Technology15258 State Route 170, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920-9585
Owens Community College30335 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, OH 43551
Polaris Career Center7285 Old Oak Blvd, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130-3375
Remington College26350 Brookpark Road, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070-2163
Scioto County Career Technical Center951 Vern Riffe Drive, Lucasville, Ohio 45648-0766
Sinclair Community College444 W Third St, Dayton, OH 45402
Stark State College6200 Frank Ave NW, North Canton, Ohio 44720
The Ohio State University281 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43210 | 614-292-OHIO
Youngstown State University1 University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555

Dental Assisting Associations in Ohio

Becoming a member of the dental assisting community in Ohio can mean improved employment possibilities and stay updated with any possible updates to the laws related to this profession.

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