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How to Become a Dental Assistant in Maryland

Dental Assisting Job Titles

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Assistant Qualified in General Duties
  • Dental Assistant Qualified in Orthodontics

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

Expanded Duties Dental Assisting Requirements
Title: Dental Assistant Qualified in General Duties
In order to perform expanded functions in Maryland, dental assistants must be registered as Dental Assistant Qualified in General Duties. In order to qualify, dental assistants must:

  • Complete a minimum of 35 hours of training approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners and pass the Maryland General Dental Assisting Expanded Functions (MDG) exam OR pass the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam
  • Apply to the board

Radiography Requirements
Title: Dental Radiation Technologist
Dental assistants must obtain state certification as a Dental Radiation Technologist in order to perform dental radiographic procedures and operate dental x-ray equipment. The state certification requirements are:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be of good moral character
  • Complete an approved dental radiography course (30 hours minimum)
  • Pass the DANB Radiation Health and Safety exam (RHS exam) or the Certified Dental Assistant exam (CDA exam)
  • Apply to the board for certification

Dental Assistant Salary in Maryland

Lowest Salary $23,580
Median Salary $36,950
Highest Salary $49,300
Average Salary $36,860

Dental Assistant Salary in Major Cities

Baltimore, MD
Lowest Salary $22,890
Median Salary $36,910
Highest Salary $48,240
Average Salary $36,660

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

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