In Washington, dental assistants must be registered according to the Washington State Department of Health.
Read on to learn more about a career in this field and what the requirements are.
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A dental assistant must be supervised by an accredited dentist at any point.
The state also recognizes expanded function dental auxiliary (EFDA) dental assistants, in addition to traditional dental assistants.
Some of the job duties include administering nitrous oxide and teeth whitening procedures.
Dental Assisting Programs
While only an AIDS/HIV course is required by law, pursuing other certifications will help you get more job responsibilities and a better salary.
If you finish a CODA accredited program, you can work with sealant/fluoride varnish, and you will also be able to become an EFDA in this state.
The programs are usually available in trade schools and last from 9 to 11 months.
DANB National License
Besides finishing a CODA-accredited course, you can also pursue a Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification.
There are 3 exams required to get this certification:
- General Chairside Assisting
- Infection Control
- Radiation Health and Safety
You can also pursue other certifications, including:
- Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA)
- Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA)
- Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA)
All these certifications need a yearly renewal and 30 hours of extra education.
|Bates Technical College||1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98405|
|Clover Park Technical College||4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington 98499-4004|
|Dental Assisting School of Berkshire College||3555 McKinley Ave, Tacoma, WA 98404,|
|Dental Assistant Training Center||5701 NE Bothell Way #2, Kenmore, WA 98028,|
|Institute of Advanced Dental Assisting (IADA)||4337 15th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108|
|Lake Washington Institute of Technology||11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, Washington 98034-8506|
|Northshore Dental Assisting Academy, LLC||6610 NE 181st St, Kenmore, WA 98028|
|Pima Medical Institute||9709 Third Ave NE Suite 400, Seattle, Washington 98115|
|Renton Technical College||3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, Washington 98056-4123|
|River City School of Dental Assisting||2723 Chapman Road, Greenacres, WA 99016|
|Seattle Vocational Institute||2120 S Jackson, Seattle, Washington 98144-2219|
|Spokane Community College||1810 North Greene Street, Spokane, Washington 99217-5399|
Getting Additional Certifications
There are several certifications a dental assistant can get to allow them to perform more tasks.
Sealant/Fluoride Varnish certification
This certification allows you to work with kids in school-based settings.
For this, you need 200 hours of experience, be trained in the application of sealants and having finished a CODA-accredited program or receive training from a state dentist.
You will also need to submit an application to the Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission.
No matter what type of dental assistant certification you have, you need a special x-ray training in order to work in this field.
- Familiarization with the equipment
- Film processing
- Radiation protection
Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary
To work as an EFDA, you have to:
- Complete a (CODA)-accredited dental assisting program or get a CDA certification from the board
- Complete a Dental Quality Assurance Commission accredited EFDA program
- Take the Washington State Restorative Exam
- Take the the Western Regional Examining Board clinical test
- 7 hours of training in AIDS
Dental Anesthesia Assistant Certification
To get this certification, you must take the Washington State Restorative Exam (WARE).
The requirements are as follows:
- Pass the Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination; or
- Complete the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Assistants Course; or
- Hold a current Washington general anesthesia permit
- 7 hours of AIDS training
- Intravenous access or phlebotomy course of 8 hours
- Have one of the following certifications:
- healthcare provider basic life support (BLS),
- advanced cardiac life support (ACLS),
- pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
Having extra certifications opens the possibility for a higher salary, regardless of location.Annual Salary Range: Annual Salary by Location:
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Registering As A Dental Assistant
For this, you must fill in the application and submit it along with a $40 fee.
If you were recently hired, you need to get the (BLS) certification within 45 days of being employed.
The 7 hours of AIDS training must be finished through an accredited dental assistant program.
You have to submit your application to the Department of Health.
The dental assistant registration should be renewed yearly on your birthday and costs $21.