Dental Assistant Overview

Dental Assistant Renewal | RDA | QDA | Name & Address Changes | Non-registered Dental Assistant | Report or Self-Report 

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A Reminder about the RDA Duties

A Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) is NOT authorized to adjust any type of permanent appliance such as a denture or partial denture. However along similar lines, included in registered dental assistant duties: 

     *Under the 
direct supervision of a dentist an RDA may adjust a permanent crown outside of the mouth.  An RDA may not adjust a permanent crown once the crown has been cemented by the dentist. 

     *Under direct, indirect or general supervision of a dentist an RDA may fabricate, adjust, place, recement, or remove a TEMPORARY crown, temp. bridge, or temp onlay or  TEMPORARY restorative material. This applies only to dentitions actively under treatment for permanent restorations. 

All dental assisting duties may be found in the Administrative Rules 

 

RDA - Registered Dental Assistant

The RDA credential may be granted to a dental assistant who has successfully completed either a formal education through an academic program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or a dental assisting program approved by the Board. The RDA credential may also be achieved by successfully completing the knowledge-based competency dental assisting exam administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) as a pathway to becoming registered as an RDA. 

Expanded Functions

An RDA may be authorized to provide sealants and monitor nitrous oxide after first submitting proof of successful completion a formal education program or a board approved course. Effective April 1, 2015, an RDA may be authorized by permit to provide restorative or anesthesia assistant duties. Requirements of permit application, education and competency testing are provided in the Administrative Rule 20-03-01-01.1. 

QDA - Qualified Dental Assistant

A dental assistant who registers with the Board as a QDA is a dental assistant who has completed at least 650 hours of dental assistance instruction including on-the job-training and has successfully completed the DANB Radiation Health and Safety Exam, or "RHS" and the Infection Control Exam or "ICE".  QDA registration authorizes the assistant to provide basic assisting duties and take dental radiographs.   

Initial Registration Fee vs. Biennial Renewal Fee

Both fees are required in order to obtain and maintain a license and registration with the NDBDE. The initial registration application fee of $130 is paid to initiate administrative processes and verifications that must be completed by the Board’s administrative office. The renewal fee of $100, grants the registration for the following two year period. Failure to pay the renewal fee will cause the registration to expire.

If a dental assistant fails to renew the registration by December 31st of even numbered years, the dental assistant may not provide expanded duties. Within 60 days after December 31st of the even numbered year, an expired registration may be renewed by submitting the renewal application, the application fee, late fee and proof of continuing education. 

Non-registered Dental Assistant

Non-registered dental assistants may perform the following duties under the direct supervision of a dentist. Non-registered dental assistants are not authorized to provide expanded duties.

1. Take and record pulse, blood pressure, and temperature.
2. Take and record preliminary dental and medical history for the interpretation by the dentist.
3. Apply topical mediations and drugs to oral tissues, including topical anesthetic, but not including desensitizing or caustic agents or anticariogenic agents.
4. Receive removable dental prosthesis for cleaning or repair.
5. Take impressions for study casts.
6. Hold impression trays in the mouth (such as reversible hydrocolloids or rubber base).

The Board cannot take disciplinary action against a non-registered dental assistant for violations of the law, for example providing unauthorized expanded duties. However, the dentist/employer is accountable for actions of all auxiliary whether registered or non-registered. 

Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certification 

DANB certification does not authorize a dental assistant to perform expanded duties. Dental assistants who obtain DANB certification must first register with the Board prior to providing expanded functions.  A dental assistant must be registered as an RDA or a QDA to provide expanded functions.

Reporting | Self-report 

According to the NDBDE’s reporting laws, a licensee must report to the board in writing within sixty days of the event any illegal, unethical, or errant behavior or conduct of the dentist, including malpractice judgements or settlements or final judgment for or against the licensee, a final disposition by a licensing agency in another state, territory, or country; all proceedings, of formal or informal actions by a governmental agency; a law enforcement agency; or a court for an act or conduct that would constitute grounds for discipline.

During the renewal or initial application of a dental assisting registrtion, If you have a conviction, or any other incident to report as required by application,  send with the application supporting documentation and/or certified copies of all court documents related to the matter discussed in the petition. Documentation includes, as applicable, a copy of any assessment or evaluation and recommendations for treatment, criminal charges, reported offenses, police reports, judgments, dispositions of criminal complaint, dispositions of offenses, final dispositions, court orders, actions pending, and deferred judgments. Not doing so may delay the licensing process.

Name and Address Change

Name and address changes must be submitted in writing or by email, info@nddentalboard.org. Name changes must be accompanied by a copy of the name change document (marriage license, section in the divorce decree, etc.) Make sure your changes include your current name. For name changes, a new perforated card will be mailed to you at no charge. If renewal is coming up for you soon, it will be sent when your renew your license/registration. Your license/registration number is helpful, but not mandatory. A name or address change cannot be taken by phone and must be submitted to the Board's office in writing.