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How to Become a Dental Assistant in New Jersey

Dental Assisting Job Titles

  • Unregistered Dental Assistant
  • Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

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

Expanded Duties Dental Assisting Requirements
Title: Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

  • Must be licensed as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Registered Dental Assistant Requirements
Title: Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

  • Possess high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Pass DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) OR Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) exam
  • Possess one the following credentials/experience:
    • Graduate from NJ board approved and CODA accredited dental assisting program OR
    • Obtain a minimum of 2 years dental assistant work experience and pass the NJ Expanded Duties General Exam
    • Apply to the board for a license

Radiography Requirements
In order to perform dental radiographic procedures and operate dental x-ray equipment in the state of New Jersey, dental assistants must obtain licensing as a Dental Radiologic Technologist (DRT). The requirements for DRT licensing are:

  • Graduate from high school or equivalent
  • Pass the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety exam (RHS exam), the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant exam (CDA exam), OR the NJ Dental Radiologic Technology (NJDRT) exam
  • Complete a NJ state approved dental radiography course
  • Apply to the board for licensing

Dental Assistant Salary in New Jersey

Lowest Salary $24,380
Median Salary $38,730
Highest Salary $53,950
Average Salary $38,690

Dental Assistant Salary in Major Cities

Newark, NJ
Lowest Salary $25,340
Median Salary $42,210
Highest Salary $56,320
Average Salary $40,880

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

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