There are two pathways available to become registered as an RDA (Registered Dental Assistant).
Pathway 1. The applicant has successfully completed a dental assisting program, accredited by the ADA's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or a Board approved program, or was certified by Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) within 12 months of application; and
a. Successfully completed the ND Ethics and Jurisprudence exam offered during a dental assisting program or the online version of the Ethics and Jurisprudence examination. Prior to taking the online Jurisprudence Examination, the applicant MUST submit the application and fee. The Board must have your identifying information before you can login.
b. Provided verification of current CPR training taken within 24 months of application. Online CPR courses are not accepted.;
c. Grounds for denial of the application under the North Dakota Century Code section 43-20-05 do not exist.
Pathway 2. The applicant has successfully completed a dental assisting program accredited by CODA or approved by the Board, or has been certified by DANB and completed 16 hours of continuing education in accordance with Section 20-03-01-06 within 24 months of application; and
a. Provide evidence of sixteen hours of continuing education in accordance with Section 20-03-01-06.
b. Successfully complete the online version of the Ethics and Jurisprudence examination. Prior to taking the online Jurisprudence Examination, the applicant MUST submit the application and fee. The Board must have your identifying information before you can login.
c. Provided verification of CPR taken within 24 months of application. Online CPR courses are not accepted.
d. Grounds for denial of the application under the North Dakota Century Code section 43-20-05 do not exist.
An RDA who successfully completes a CODA approved program or provides evidence of Board approved training for the expanded duties of placing pit and fissure sealants or monitoring nitrous oxide inhalation therapy may be authorized by endorsement to provide the expanded duties. If you have completed the training and the endorsement is not seen on your registration card, contact the Board. The Rutgers Nitrous Oxide Sedation for the Dental Team DVD is an instructional video approved by the NDBDE for the duty of MONITORING nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia.
The Board may issue or renew a permit authorizing an RDA to provide anesthesia assistance under the supervision of a dentist who is authorized by a permit from the NDBDE to utilize sedation or anesthesia. The Board may also issue or renew a permit authorizing an RDA under the direct supervision of a dentist to provide restorative functions. The permit must be renewed when the registration is renewed. Two hours of CE related to the expanded duty is required for the permit renewal. All dental assistant registrations and permits expire December 31 of even numbered years. See Administrative Rule 20-03-01-05 for requirements of permit and education required. As of July 1, 2022 a registered dental assistant may be authorized by permit to ADMINISTER nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia. The course, Essentials of Nitrous Oxide for Dentistry, meets the requirements for education required to administer N2O2 therapy.
The NDBDE recognizes DANB as the dental assistant certifying body. Dental assistants who become certified by DANB must register with the Board to provide expanded functions. The DANB certifying examination or CDA, consists of the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam, Infection Control (ICE) exam and the General Chairside (GC) exam. Dental assistants are eligible to take the CDA examination if they have successfully completed a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation; have on the job training; or have graduated from non-accredited programs. Click on the DANB link for further information.