Dental Assistant Services is a
training program designed to
help individuals obtain the credentials and skills they need to become
fully functioning dental assistants in the state of New Jersey.
Our program is designed to help students learn about the necessary
and develop the necessary skills though a combination of classroom
instruction, discussion, demonstration, and hands-on practice to pass
the state required examinations and to be prepared to enter the field
of dental assisting as a desirable job candidate. We also offer
continuing education courses and some assistance finding employment.
2. Is Dental Assistant Services an
Dental Assistant Services is a board approved program and
necessary educational component required in order to obtain
a Dental Radiologic Technologist (dental x-ray) license in the state of New
Approval is through the Radiologic Technologist Section of the Bureau
of X-Ray Compliance (a part of the New
Jersey Department of Environmental Protection).
3. Is financial assistance available?
Dental Assistant Services offers dental assisting training
programs, but is not a full-time
As a result, we are not eligible to offer state or federal financial
aid programs (such as the NJ Tuition Assistance Grant, the Federal
Perkins Loan, or the Federal Stafford Loan). We do offer the
option of paying by credit card if that should help.
policy requires a $100 non-refundable deposit prior to enrollment in
any course (excluding continuing education courses where payment in full is required).
The balance for the course is due by the first day of class.
Should this provide a financial hardship, please call our office about
the possibility of making other arrangements.
4. What's the difference between a CDA
RDA, and an x-ray license?
Our page entitled Types of Dental
provides a nice overview of the similarities and differences between
the various credentials that a dental assistant in NJ can
obtain. Those differences relate in part to educational backgrounds, testing and
experience requirements, and specific job responsibilities granted to the various
types of dental assistants. Be sure to look at the summary at the bottom of the page.
5. How do I sign up for "the CDA course"?
Earning a CDA
certificate entails more than taking a single course.
There are a series of three required examinations and three
corresponding courses that will help you to obtain your certification.
passing one of these three required exams you can earn
a dental x-ray license. This will make you more employable and
help you gain the additional experience requirement necessary to become a CDA certificant. As a result,
most students will pursue a dental x-ray license first by taking our Dental Radiology course. Afterwards, they continue on in pursuing their CDA certification.
If you are brand new to the field, we encourage you to explore the
Career section of our website by selecting Career from the pull down
menus at the top of this page. Nearly all students will begin by
taking Introductory Dental Assisting
unless they already have prior experience/credentials.
6. Does it matter what order I take
the courses in?
Though there are some exceptions based upon your background and
experience, program courses are typically taken in a certain
order. Please click here to view the Typical Course
Sequence and for more information about the specific program
courses we offer.
7. Do I need any experience before taking
the Introductory Dental Assisting course?
No, there are no experience requirements necessary in order to
take Introductory Dental Assisting. This course is specifically
designed for those who are new to the field of dental assisting.
8. Can I take the Dental
Radiology course before taking Introductory Dental Assisting?
Although we do not have a strict requirement that you first
take the Introductory Dental Assisting course, it is highly recommended
that you take this course prior to registering
for the radiology course. Exceptions may be made for those
students who have prior experience or education. At a minimum
you should be
familiar with all of the following before taking the radiology
course. If after reviewing this list you feel you may have the
background to skip Introductory Dental Assisting or if you're still unsure
about whether or not you should take the course, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
a brief summary of your experience or call our office at 732-919-1816.
Maxillary and mandibular
Anterior and posterior
Universal numbering system
Names of the teeth
Surfaces of the teeth
9. Do I need to be previously or currently
employed to take the
Current employment is not required in order to register for the
Dental Radiology course. Part of the course however includes a
component where you will work in an actual dental office. Many
students will choose to do their clinical at an office where they are
already employed, those this is not a requirement. It is possible
to do your clinical at an office where you are not already
10. On average, how long does it take to get a
dental x-ray license?
While individual times will vary, on average you can expect to
spend approximately six or seven months from when you begin taking the required
radiology course to the time when you are finished with the clinical
component of the course and ready to take the exam and formally apply
for your license. For a summary of the requirements necessary to
obtain a dental x-ray license in NJ, please click here.
11. On average, how long does it take to get a
As with the dental x-ray
license, individual times will
vary. If you already have a dental x-ray license and passed the
exam to get that license within the past five years you will still have
two additional courses that run a combined 17 weeks.
There is also an experience requirement of 2 years (minimum). If
you are just starting out in the field, you can expect that it will
take at least about 2½ years to become a Certified Dental Assistant
) certificant. Please click here
for further information.
12. On average, how long does it take to get an
The Expanded Functions
course that prepares you for the exam required to become an RDA runs
for a total of 8 weeks. Although you may choose to take more or
less time to study for the exam, most students are able to become a
Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in approximately 4 months.
Please note that having a CDA
certificate is a prerequisite to becoming an
13. How successful are your students in passing
the exams required to obtain the various dental assisting credentials?
Our students have traditionally done exceptionally well and we
have consistently scored as one of the top training programs in the
state year after year. Our program is designed not only to
prepare you to pass the required exams, but also to be a desirable job
candidate in a dental office.
14. Do you offer a placement service where you
would help me to find a job once I complete your program?
While we cannot guarantee employment for students upon completion
program and we do not offer job assistance in the form of arranging for
and setting up interviews, we can and do offer a job
board where students can view
postings of available positions from local dental offices. We
also offer a listing
(see the "Services" menu) where we collect some basic information about individuals seeking
employment that we send to local dental offices upon request.
There is no cost associated with either the job board or the listing
It depends on the type of course you want to register
for. If you want to register for a program course (i.e. those
designed to help you earn your dental x-ray license, CDA
certificate, and/or RDA)
download a registration form, complete it, and return it to our
office. If you would like to register for a continuing education
course you can either use a registration form or register online.
Please visit our registration
page for further details, including payment options.
2. Can I register online?
At this time you can only register online for continuing
education courses. If you are registering
for the Infection Control or Expanded Functions course for continuing dental education
credits, you must still complete a paper registration form.
These courses cannot be registered for online.
3. What forms of payment do you accept?
If you are mailing in a registration form, you can send us
either a personal check or a money order.
If you are hand delivering a registration form, we can accept
checks, money orders, cash, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or
you are paying online, you can use either a credit card (Visa,
MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) or a PayPal account balance. A
PayPal account is not
4. What is your refund policy if I have to
withdraw from a course?
Please speak with our office manager, Emil Villanueva. You
can either stop in and speak with him in person or call him at
FAQs about the clinical component of
the radiology course
FAQs about the clinical
component of the radiology course
1. When can I start my clinical?
Before you can begin the clinical component you must first
successfully complete the first two components of the Radiology course (the didactic or instructional and the laboratory components). Dental
Assistant Services will then provide you with a clinical affiliation
application to complete. The purpose of this application is to
have the NJDEP (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection)
approve of the location where you plan to do your clinical. Once
this approval process is complete, you may begin your clinical.
2. How do I find a site to do my clinical?
The office where you do your clinical must be a location where you can be supervised by a
properly licensed individual and that has been approved by the NJ
Department of Environmental Protection. Students can usually complete their
clinical at an office where they are already employed. While it is ultimately your responsibility to locate a
dental office where you can obtain your clinical training, if you need
help locating an office Dental Assistant Services may be able to
provide some assistance.
3. Where do I get a film badge from?
Dental Assistant Services will provide you with both a name tag
and a film badge before you begin your clinical assignment. The
name tag identifies you as a student and indicates that you have permission to
take radiographs during your clinical. The film badge detects and
measures any radiation you may be exposed to while exposing radiographs.
4. Do I have to wear my name tag and/or film badge even if the office I work in tells me not to?
Yes, according to state law it is illegal for you to operate radiographic equipment,
take dental radiographs, position a patient, and/or position a film in
the mouth of a patient without a name tag and film badge or a license. Thus all students are required to wear
both their name tag and film badge at all times throughout the duration
Failure to do so may subject you, DAS, and/or the dental
office you're working in to various penalties and fines. Furthermore, your Clinical
Affiliation Application may be revoked keeping you from completing your clinical and
ultimately from obtaining your license.
5. Is it okay to hold a dental film in the mouth of a patient during a radiographic exposure?
No. Nobody, whether student or licensed dental radiologic technologist,
may hold a film or be in the line of the radiation beam.
6. I've already taken x-rays prior to starting the clinical portion
of the radiology course. Can I use this experience towards the
It is illegal in the state of New Jersey to operate
radiographic equipment, to take dental radiographs, or even to position
the patient and/or dental film without a license or approval to begin
your clinical. As a result, no it would not count towards the clinical
7. I'm doing my clinical with a dental group that has multiple
offices. Am I allowed to take x-rays at all of their offices?
When you complete your clinical affiliation form it will only
valid for a single office location. If you expect to perform your
clinical at more than one location you should obtain and submit
for approval a separate form for each additional office or location you
8. If I'm pregnant can I still complete the clinical component?
Yes, if you are pregnant you are still allowed to either begin
or complete your clinical. The NJ Department of Environmental
Protection has indicated that it is safe for an operator to take
pregnant. Dental Assistant Services will also provide you with a
written pregnancy policy upon being advised of your pregnancy.
9. If my film badge expires, what should I do?
According to state law all students are required to wear their
assigned film badge at all times throughout the duration of their
assignment. If your film badge is about to expire please contact us to
obtain a new one. If it has already expired you are not
legally permitted to continue your clinical or to continue taking
dental radiographs until you receive a replacement.
10. I just finished my clinical
experience. Can I continue to take x-rays while waiting to
receive my license?
Once you have completed the clinical component you should stop taking dental radiographs until you
receive your license.
11. I just finished my clinical experience. What do
I do now?
First off, congratulations. You're one step closer to
obtaining your license! After you have finished the required clinical component please return your film badge, along with your
"clinical affiliation application", and a completed "Dental
Verification of Curriculum Completion form" to Dental Assistant
Services. These will be provided to you. After processing, we will then provide you with the
remaining paperwork necessary to obtain your dental x-ray license.
12. What if I don't feel comfortable asking a dental office if I can complete a clinical there before I enroll in your program or if the dental office doesn't understand the new clinical process?
Dental Assistant Services has prepared a letter that you can take with you that helps to explain the new clinical process. You can download this form and bring it with you to an office. If the office has questions or concerns, you can encourage them to contact us directly. Likewise, if you don't feel comfortable speaking directly to an office that you don't already have an affiliation with, please call us. While we can't make any promises or guarantees, we may be able to assist you in locating an office to complete your clinical.
13. Who can I ask if I have other questions about what is and is not
legally permitted during my clinical?
You may contact the Bureau of X-Ray Compliance (a division of
the NJ Department of Environmental Protection) by calling 609-984-5890
or click here for a list of email addresses under
their " technologist certification section".