Our Dental Radiology
course is approved by the Technologist Certification Section of the Bureau of X-Ray
Compliance (in turn a part of the
NJ Department of Environmental Protection) and is designed to
prepare students to take the exam that will lead to becoming
a Licensed Dental Radiologic
In other words, you'll have an x-ray license to perform dental-specific procedures. You may also see the phrase
Limited Dental Radiologic Technologist, which refers to the fact that
you are limited to performing
procedures as opposed to performing radiological procedures on other parts
of the human body.
The didactic (or instructional)
component is the more traditional classroom time. It is here that
you will first be introduced to the required radiology concepts and
practices that you will need to know and be able to perform in order to
obtain your license. In this part of the course students will
learn about radiation physics, radiation biology, exposure and
processing techniques, radiation safety, processing chemicals, and
Students will spend a total of 30 hours in a classroom setting and
will receive a thorough course manual that will aid in studying and
preparing for DANB's
exam discussed below. Course manuals are
provided in class.
The laboratory component
The laboratory component of this course
is designed to provide students a truly hands-on opportunity to
practice their newly learned skills.
You will practice actual procedures with real instruments, equipment,
and live radiation using a mannequin as your patient. Students
will expose actual radiographs (x-rays) and later process (develop)
those radiographs. Students will however, not be allowed to practice exposing films on each other. A total of 20
hours are allotted to laboratory time.
The clinical component
This clinical component of the course
can only begin after completion of the first two components (the
and laboratory components). The "clinical" must be
performed in a state approved (Bureau of X-Ray Compliance approved)
dental office where you
are supervised by a properly licensed individual. If you are
already working in a dental office you may be able to use your current
employer to complete your clinical, pending approval.
New regulation from New Jersey's Bureau of X-Ray Compliance requires that prospective students obtain an agreement with a dental office where they can and plan to complete their clinical component before being permitted to register or enroll in a state-approved dental radiology program.
Many dental offices may not yet be familiar with this new regulation. Dental Assistant Services has provided a form that helps to summarize the recent regulatory changes to dental offices and dentists. We encourage you to print out and take this form with you when asking a dental office for permission to complete your clinical at their site. Should the office have any questions or concerns, please encourage them to call our office at 732-919-1816. We'd be happy to explain the new regulations.
The entire course runs for a total of 22 weeks and ends with the
student being fully prepared to take the Dental Assisting National Board's (DANB's
) Radiation Health & Safety (RHS
) exam that
will lead to your becoming a Licensed Dental Radiologic
Technologist. Put another way, this course will leave you fully
prepared to take the exam that will lead to your dental x-ray
After obtaining a NJ dental x-ray license most dental assistants
will begin working on their Certified Dental Assistant
) certificate. One of the requirements for becoming a CDA certificant is to pass DANB's
exam. If you complete all of the other requirements to
become a CDA certificant within five years (which is certainly realistic), having
passed the RHS exam now in order to become a Licensed Dental Radiologic
Technologist will exempt you from having to
take the RHS exam a second time as part of earning your CDA certification.
Students who are pregnant or who may become pregnant are allowed to
take the full radiology course including both the laboratory and
clinical components. Upon becoming aware of your pregnancy,
Dental Assistant Services will provide you with a written pregnancy
policy as mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection.
The purchase of a separate textbook will be required for this
course. The required book is called "Dental Radiography:
Principles and Techniques" (5th edition). It is written by Joen M. Iannucci and
Laura Jansen Howerton and was published by Elsevier in 2017. The ISBN number
We encourage you to shop around online for the
best price. Click here for a list of some useful websites that may assist with locating a textbook. At times we may have used textbooks from previous
students available for sale. Please call to find out if there are
any used copies currently available.
Although there is no strict and formal prerequisites to taking this
radiology course, it is highly recommended that you
first take Introductory Dental Assisting.
At a minimum
you should be familiar with the following:
Maxillary and mandibular
Anterior and posterior
Universal numbering system
Names of the teeth
Surfaces of the teeth
After reviewing this list, if you are still unsure about whether or not
you would be prepared to take
this course, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
a brief summary of your experience or call our office at 732-919-1816.
Typical Course Sequence
This chart displays the usual order that students will take our courses
and the order in which they obtain their credentials. For a more
detailed overview, please click here.
1. Introductory Dental Assisting
Dental X-Ray License (LDRT)
2. Dental Radiology
Radiation Health & Safety
Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Certificate
3. Review of Radiation Health & Safety*
4. Infection Control
5. General Chairside
Radiation Health & Safety
Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
6. Expanded Functions
*If you obtained your dental
x-ray license in NJ you will most likely not have to take the Review of Radiation Health
& Safety course in order to obtain a CDA
You must be at least 18 years old.
You must complete a form indicating that you are "of good moral
You must provide documentation of having completed at least a
high school level education in the United States or its
equivalent. The following documents satisfy the requirement set
by the DEP:
A United States high school diploma
A United States high school transcript
A passing GED (General Educational Development) test
Evidence of a United States college or university degree (i.e.,
a degree or transcript indicating that a degree has been earned)
For international students, a translated and
evaluated high school or above diploma, degree, or transcript is
See the other
useful sites section of our useful links page for help locating an approved
translation and educational evaluation service.
You must complete an approved course such as this one.
You must fill out an application from the DEP.
You must pass an exam approved by the DEP
Most students will take DANB's
Some students such as those from others states who have taken
and passed an equivalent exam or the DANB exam elsewhere may be able to
to take the RHS exam in New Jersey. The NJ DEP will make this
For further information about the Limited Dental Radiologic Technology
license, please visit the Bureau
of X-Ray Compliance (a division of the NJ Department of
The process of obtaining your dental x-ray license can be confusing as there are
several steps and requirements.
At Dental Assistant Services we try to simplify the process as much as
possible. We've been through the process several times and are
here to offer you the benefit of our experience. We will not
simply teach you the course content and send you on your way. We
understand the process and how confusing it can be, and will actually
take the time to walk you through the process.