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How to Become a Dental Assistant in North Carolina

Dental Assisting Job Titles

  • Dental Assistant I (DA I)
  • Dental Assistant II in training (DA II in Training)
  • Dental Assistant II (DA II)

Education, Certification, & Training Required For Basic Supportive Dental Procedures
Title: Dental Assistant I (DA I)
None. Dental assistants in North Carolina can perform basic supportive dental procedures under thedirect supervision and control of a licensed dentist.

Expanded Duties Dental Assisting Requirements
Title: Dental Assistant II (DA II)

  • Possess current CPR certification
  • Fulfill one of the following:
    • Complete a CODA accredited dental assistant program
    • At least 1 year in a CODA accredited dental hygiene program
    • Complete 2 years with a minimum of 3,000 hours of full-time work experience as a chariside assistant, complete radiography training, a 3 hour dental office emergency course, and a 3 hour sterilization and infection control course.
    • Successfully pass the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant exam (CDA exam)
    • Additionally, to perform coronal polishing: must complete 7 hour coronal polishing course
    • Additionally, to monitor patients under nitrous oxide: must completea board approved 7 hour course in nitrous oxide oxygen conscious sedation

Radiography Requirements

  • Meet DA II requirements, OR
  • Successfully pass the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant exam (CDA exam), OR
  • Pass a board approved radiological equivalency exam, OR
  • Complete a CODA accredited dental assisting program, OR

Dental Assistant Salary in North Carolina

Lowest Salary $27,300
Median Salary $36,690
Highest Salary $47,780
Average Salary $37,280

Dental Assistant Salary in Major Cities

Charlotte, NC
Lowest Salary $28,270
Median Salary $38,630
Highest Salary $51,910
Average Salary $39,110

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

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