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How to Become a Dental Assistant in Arkansas

Dental Assisting Job Titles

  • Dental Assistant
  • Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Education, Certification, & Training Required For Basic Supportive Dental Procedures
Dental Assistant
None. Dental assistants in Arkansas can perform basic supportive dental procedures under the personal supervision of a licensed dentist.

Registered Dental Assistant Requirements
Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
In order to be recognized as a Registered dental assistants (RDA), dental assistants in the state of Arkansas must:

  • Be a DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) OR graduate from CODA accredited dental assisting program
  • Apply to the state board for registration

Alternatively, dental assistants in the state of Arkansas can earn their registered dental assistant certification by completing approved courses in specific expanded functions.

Radiography Requirements
Dental assistants in the state of Arkansas must hold Registered Dental Assistant certification and hold a board approved permit in radiology in order to legally perform dental radiographic procedures and operate x-ray equipment. In order to obtain an Arkansas board approved permit in radiology, the dental assistant must:

  • Pass Arkansas state board approved exam in radiology
  • Apply to the Arkansas state board
  • Additionally, the dental assistant must meet one of the following requirements:
    • Pass an Arkansas state board approved course in radiology, OR
    • Have successfully graduated from a CODA accredited dental assisting program, OR
    • Hold DANB Certified Dental Assistant Certificaiton (CDA)

Dental Assistant Salary in Arkansas

Lowest Salary $20,840
Median Salary $28,160
Highest Salary $37,080
Average Salary $28,590

Dental Assistant Salary in Major Cities

Little Rock, AR
Lowest Salary $19,010
Median Salary $27,880
Highest Salary $37,830
Average Salary $28,190

* Figures based on 2012 data courtesy of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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