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R E G I S T R A T I O N   &   M E M B E R S H I P 

 D E N T A L   A S S I S T A N T S   P L E D G E

"I solemnly pledge that, in the practice of my profession, I will always be loyal to the welfare of the patients who come under my care, and to the interest of the practitioner whom I serve.

I will be just and generous to the members of my profession, aiding them and lending them encouragement to be loyal, to be just, to be studious.

I hereby pledge to devote my best energies to the service of humanity in that relationship of life to which I Consecrated myself when I elected to become a Dental Assistant."

Dr. Charles Nelson Johnson

 

Q: I am a Dental Assistant and I need to be registered because I take x-rays. What do I need to do?

 

A: A Dental Assistant will need to take a SBDE Approved Provider Course and pass the required examination prior to submitting an application to the SBDE for Registration.

 

Q: I have several Dental Assistants in my office who have in the past taken the radiology exam and passed but they do not have the Jurisprudence or the Infection Control. Do they have to take the course with all three or are there available courses for the individual tests they have not taken? Thank you.

 

A: Dental Assistants who were "Grand-fathered" prior to 1989 or who took the Radiology test as provided by the Texas SBDE prior to 2003 will no longer be listed on the Texas SBDE website.  The Department of Health Radiology Certificate is considered obsolete and is no longer valid, expiring on August 31, 2007.

 

Dental assistants who took only the Radiology Examination at Prometric are not listed with the SBDE because they did not complete the process required for application for Registration between September 1, 2004, and August 31, 2006. These Dental Assistants are not RDA's.

 

Dental Assistants who are current DANB CDA's only have to take the Jurisprudence Assessment. Jurisprudence Assessment Information.

 

All Dental Assistants who expose radiographs must be registered with the Texas SBDE. As of September 1, 2006, an Assistant must successfully complete a Course and exit Examination covering Radiology, Infection Control and Jurisprudence. The Certificate of completion received MUST be used to apply to the SBDE for Registration and is not meant as a training course. The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) and the SBDE Rules and Regulations provide for the objectives for the Course. Chapter 114 - Rules

Dental Practice Act (DPA): The Dental Practice Act is published by the TSBDE, and contains portions of the Texas Occupations Code relevant to the dental professional.Texas Administrative Code (TAC): The Texas Administrative Code is a compilation of all state agency rules in Texas.

Texas Occupations Code (TOC): The Texas Occupations Code is a compilation of the laws enacted by the Texas Legislature. See: Dental Practice Act (DPA)

Texas law allows only certain organizations to apply to become Approved Providers of the Dental Assistant Course and Examination. Texas’ SBDE website lists Approved Providers and the programs which are currently available. TDAA is very proud to be listed among the Approved Providers of the Course and Examination. SBDE Approved Provider Course Once the process is complete, a Dental Assistant who is a Texas Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) will be listed publicly as an "Active & Current Registered Dental Assistant."

 

SOURCE:  The provisions of this §114.2 adopted to be effective effective May 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 4479; amended to be effective November 5, 2006, 31 TexReg 8834; amended to be effective February 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 635 

 

Q: I have let my registration lapse. What do I do now?

 

A: Rule 114.2

A Registration that has been expired for more than one year will be canceled and may not be renewed.  An applicant whose Registration has been canceled must submit a new application.

 

If it has not been (12) twelve months, the Dental Assistant may contact the SBDE for the renewal form, attest that he/she has had the required CE, copy current CPR card, pay the renewal fee and be reinstated.  If it has been more than one year since the renewal was due, the Dental Assistant must take the new Course and Examination and reapply for Registration. Dental Assistant Renewal Form

 

SOURCE:  The provisions of this §114.2 adopted to be effective effective May 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 4479; amended to be effective November 5, 2006, 31 TexReg 8834; amended to be effective February 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 635 

 

Q:  If I am not a “RDA” by September 1, 2006, what happens to my radiology certification issued by the SBDE dated 1989?

 

A: Rule 114.2

Having only the Radiology Certificate will no longer satisfy the law or the rules of SBDE.  Radiology Certificate holders are required to take the Course and Examination presented by an SBDE Approved Provider covering Radiology, Infection Control and Jurisprudence.  Radiology Certificate holders had until August 31, 2007 to come into compliance with the law.

 

SOURCE:  The provisions of this §114.2 adopted to be effective effective May 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 4479; amended to be effective November 5, 2006, 31 TexReg 8834; amended to be effective February 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 635 

 

Q. Since I earned my Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Certificate upon graduation from my school, may I send a copy of my certificate as my record?

 

A. To be in compliance with the States’ laws, the only Registration acceptable in Texas is one that is provided by the State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE). Dental Assistant Registration Procedures

 

Q: Will the SBDE make available a list of approved providers for the courses and examinations presented around the state after September 1, 2006?

 

A:  Yes, the State Board of Dental Examiner’s (SBDE) has made available a list of Approved Providers, along with links for further information.  Visit this page for comprehensive information: Dental Assistant Registration Procedures.

 

Q. What does Jurisprudence mean?

 

A. Jurisprudence is a collection of rules imposed by authority. Rule 114.2

Texas Legislature passes laws concerning Dentistry and Dental Assisting. The State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) is an agency of the Texas Government charged with creating the rules and regulations necessary to enforce those laws.

 

SOURCE:  The provisions of this §114.2 adopted to be effective effective May 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 4479; amended to be effective November 5, 2006, 31 TexReg 8834; amended to be effective February 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 635 

 

Q:  I’m a new Dental Assistant and was hired on September 30, 2010. I have been told that I will be taught how to take x-rays and that I must be registered. What is the law in regards to this?

 

A:  Newly hired inexperienced Dental Assistants will have 12 months from their date of hiring to come into compliance with the law.  Dental Practice Act, Chapter 265.005.

 

Acts of the 81st Legislature Regular Session and 1st Called Sessions.

 

Q:  What is the difference between and Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)?

 

A:  A CDA usually has attended an American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Dental Accreditation (CODA) approved school and has passed an examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).  A CDA is required by DANB to have twelve (12) hours of approved continued education (CE) each year and pay an annual fee to retain the credential of CDA. A RDA is required by Texas’ SBDE to have at least six (6) hours of approved continuing education (CE) each year and pay an annual fee to retain the credential of RDA. If a RDA holds another certificate other than the Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate, they must have twelve (12) hours of CE each year and pay an annual fee to retain the credential of RDA.

A Texas RDA has proved, by testing, to be competent in Radiology, Infection Control and Jurisprudence, has made application to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiner’s SBDE, and has paid a fee to the SBDE for both application and registration. Dental Assistant Renewal Form

 

A current DANB Certified Dental Assistant is required to complete the Jurisprudence Assessment provided by the Texas SBDE prior to making application to the SBDE for Texas Registration.

 

Texas JURIS Assessment Information can be found here.

 

Q. Does TDAA sponsor continuing education (CE) courses?

 

A. Yes, TDAA and its Local Components are SBDE Approved sponsors of CE Courses.  One may subscribe to The Bulletin, TDAA’S publication for courses offered and/or attend any Local Society's CE Program. More information: TDAA CE & Calendar of Events

 

Providers of CE are different from providers of the Dental Assistant Course and Examination.

 

Q. Does TDAA offer scholarships?

 

A. Yes.  TDAA offers Scholarships to Student Applicants from Dental Assisting Programs; they are awarded during TDAA Annual Session, which is in May of each year. TDAA Scholarship Information

 

Q. If I become a member, how do I find the closest group for Continuing Education?

 

A. Current Local Dental Assistants Societies are:

 

Austin Dental Assistants Society

Dallas County Dental Assistants Society

East Texas Dental Assistants Society

El Paso Dental Assistants Society

Fort Worth District Dental Assistants Society

Greater Houston Dental Assistants Society

Nueces Valley Dental Assistants Society

San Antonio Dental Assistants Society

 

Q: My employer is not taking us to the state meeting this year and registration requires six (6) hours that are not home study and I do not know how I am going to get those hours. Any information you could give me would be great.

 

A: Since September 1, 2006, the laws have changed. Currently, Registered Dental Assistants (RDA) must have at least six (6) hours of Continuing Education (CE), which can all be achieved through self-study, Interactive computer courses or lecture courses as offered AND must be given by a SBDE Approved Provider for CE and can be about any dental assistant duties (not specific). Dental Assistants who have other certifications must have up-to twelve (12) hours of CE, which can all be achieved through self-study, Interactive computer courses or lecture courses as offered AND must be given by a SBDE Approved Provider for CE and can be about any dental assistant duties (not specific). Currently, having Certification in Nitrous Oxide Monitoring does not increase the hours of required CE. More information: TDAA CE & Calendar of Events and other certifications.

Continuing Education Requirements for Dental Assistants.

 

Visit SBDE’s comprehensive page of information for Approved Providers of DA Course & Examination and contact information.

SOURCE: The provisions of this §114.2 adopted to be effective effective May 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 4479; amended to be effective November 5, 2006, 31 TexReg 8834; amended to be effective February 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 635 

 

Q. Where can I get information about taking the nitrous-oxide monitoring examination?

 

A. Please view CE Courses offered on this page: TDAA CE & Calendar of Events and view SBDE's website for examination and other certifications.  Resource: Professional Pursuits

 

Q. Where can I get information to sign- up for the SBDE’s Pit & Fissure Sealant Certificate Course and take an exam?

 

A. The schools that are current providers of the Pit and Fissure Sealant Course are listed on the SBDE’s page regarding optional certificates.

 

Q: Help!! I just moved to Texas, and have been a Dental Assistant for 25 years. I was told to contact the Dental Board to be grand-fathered in but I am having trouble getting information.

 

A. Texas offers no reciprocity for credentials from any other state. As of September 1, 2006, all Assistants who expose radiographs are required by law to be registered in the State of Texas. If you are new to the profession, you have up to (12) twelve months to be in compliance. Once registered, you will be given the Texas RDA Credential and will need to adhere to the rules and regulations imposed by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE).

 

In order to be legally allowed to expose Radiographs, Monitor Nitrous Oxide, Perform Orthodontic Coronal Polishing or Apply Pit & Fissure Sealants in the State of Texas one must contact Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) for information regarding education and testing.

 

Again, the Texas Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) credential is required in Texas for Dental Assistants who expose Radiographs. The following expanded duties do require Texas State License/Certification.

 

Taking Radiographs, Monitoring Nitrous Oxide, Performing Coronal Polishing and/or Applying Pit & Fissure Sealants.

 

TDAA endorses educated Dental Assistants.
 

Please check SBDE's website for these optional certifications.

For further information contact SBDE at these numbers:
(Phone) 512.463.6400 (FAX) 512.463.7452 and view their website.

 

Q: What are the requirements working as a Dental Assistant?

 

A: There are no legal requirements in Texas for Dental Assistants, except for those Dental Assistants who expose Radiographs, Monitor Nitrous Oxide, Perform Orthodontic Coronal Polishing, or Apply Pit and Fissure Sealants. All those Assistants must have attended a course(s) and passed an examination.  Courses with an exit examination must be provided by an SBDE Approved Provider and must cover the objectives set forth by rule by the SBDE.  Having a current Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card is also a requirement for SBDE Application.

 

Q: Are Dental Assistants legally allowed to polish above the gumline in the state of Texas?  I have been given conflicting information.

 

A: Refer to the above question. If you have the delegated duty of polishing smooth surfaces prior to the placement of orthodontic brackets/bands OR you have the delegated duty of placement of Sealants, you MUST hold a Coronal Polishing Certificate and/or Pit & Fissure Sealant Certificate issued by the SBDE to be in compliance with Texas law. Coronal polishing is not legal for any other purpose and patients may not be charged for a prophylaxis.

 

If you have questions, legal or otherwise, regarding Dental Assisting Certifications in Texas, please contact the SBDE office and speak to their current Dental Assisting Coordinator.

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
333 Guadalupe Street, Tower 3, Suite 800
Austin, Texas 78701-3942, Main number: 1.512.463.6400

 

Q: I am an orthodontic assistant, but do not take x-rays. Do I still need to be registered?

 

A: Chapter 114 addresses the current laws for Dental Assistants.  If you do not take x-rays as part of your duties as a Dental Assistant in your current office, then, no you do not need to be registered according to the laws of the state of Texas.

 

Choosing to have the RDA Credential would qualify you for future positions where you may wish to be employed in the future.

 

SOURCE:  The provisions of this §114.2 adopted to be effective effective May 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 4479; amended to be effective November 5, 2006, 31 TexReg 8834; amended to be effective February 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 635 

 

Q: What if I attend a course that is not approved by SBDE?

 

A: Not all CE Courses that are offered for Dental Assistants will have SBDE Approval.  Please pay close attention when registering for CE’s, so that you will know if the course will be allowed for proof of CE with regard to your certificates, credential or Registration. TDAA and its Local Dental Assistant Societies are state components of the American Dental Assistants Association.  Providers of CE are different from providers of the Dental Assistant Course and Examination.

 

To verify that the course is approved for Dental Assistant Course and Examination, contact the State Board of Dental Examiners.

 

Q: I am a Dental Assistant in Minnesota and will be moving to Texas in the near future.  Will my certifications be good in Texas?

 

A: The rules and regulations for Texas Dental Assistants are unique and separate from other states' licenses. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) offers no reciprocity from any state regarding Registration of Dental Assistants.  Therefore, any license or certification that you may have obtained in another state is not recognized in Texas. If you are a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), you still have to apply to SBDE for Registration. Rule 114. 2 – Registration of Dental Assistants.

 

DANB Certified Dental Assistants MUST successfully pass the JURIS Assessment and then make application to TSBDE for Dental Assistant Registration, in order to be in compliance with Texas law.  It is necessary for Dental Assistants to know Jurisprudence, which applies to the dental profession in the State of Texas.  Jurisprudence is the collection of rules imposed by authority.

 

JURIS Assessment Information can be found here.

 

SOURCE:  The provisions of this §114.2 adopted to be effective effective May 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 4479; amended to be effective November 5, 2006, 31 TexReg 8834; amended to be effective February 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 635 

 

Q: I want to get some information on the insurance that is available to members.  I am interested in becoming a member.

 

A: For insurance information, membership application and fees, you may contact The ADAA National Office Phone: 312-541-1550, FAX: 312-541-1496; toll free @ 877.874.3785; E-mail: Erek Armentrout and Download Membership Application

 

The American Dental Assistants Association

JOIN THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE DENTAL ASSISTING A PROFESSION

 

Included in ADAA dues:
$50,000 professional liability insurance, $2,000 of accidental death and dismemberment insurance, Discounts on home study continuing education courses, No Grading Fee for members, A subscription to The Dental Assistant Journal, and FREE continuing education, with only a moderate test-grading fee. Additional advantages of Membership.

 

Want to learn more about member services and benefits? Or if you have a question about basic membership records - address, dues, magazine subscription, call Member Records. The ADAA staff is accessible toll free @ 877.874.3785. Becoming an ADAA/TDAA Member is a very positive step.

 

Q. Do I have to be a Certified Dental Assistant to become a member of TDAA?

 

A. No, you do not need to be a CDA or RDA to become a member. TDAA supports Members who become CDA’s by providing Continuing Education (CE) Courses that have been given the status of DANB Approval. For DANB (CDA) Certification, only twelve (12) CE units/credits are required annually, along with current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Healthcare Providers.

 

TDAA and its Local Societies also provide opportunities for CE to help Dental Assistants maintain SBDE Registration and other state certifications.  For Texas Dental Assistant Registration, at least six (6) CE hours are required annually, along with current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Healthcare Providers. Presently, having other certifications may require Texas Dental Assistants to have up-to twelve (12) hours of CE annually, along with current Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Healthcare Providers.

 

The Texas Dental Assistants Association (TDAA) and its affiliated Local Societies are components of the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA).  TDAA is also a Texas SBDE Approved Provider for Dental Assistant Registration. TDAA and its Local Societies are Texas SBDE Approved Providers of CE Courses, as well as Program Sponsors of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

  

Q. Can I become just a Member of a Local Society or TDAA?

 

A. No, membership is tripartite; that is, when you join you will become a member of the ADAA, the TDAA and a Local Society.  If there is not a Local Society in your area, you may be designated as a State (independent) Member.

 

ADAA/TDAA/Local Membership Application

 

Q. If I am not a member, may I go to any meetings/CE courses that TDAA offers?

 

A. Yes, you may attend any meeting of TDAA or Local Society that is available. Registration fees for seminars and meetings may be free or may be offered at a reduced rate to members. Local organizations may impose a fee to non-members attending a CE program.

 

You have the option of subscribing to the TDAA Bulletin publication and possibly to the Local Society's newsletter, and attending their CE meeting(s), without becoming a member. TDAA encourages all Dental Assistants to join because of the added benefits of membership.

 

Q. How much do Dental Assistants receive in wages in Texas? What benefits should I expect?

 

A. Income varies according to experience, education, abilities, and according to the local area you reside or work in.  Starting average for Clinical Assistants in the D/FW metro area can be anywhere from $14.00 an hour as a new graduate and up to $22.00 an hour with experience. For example: Temporary agencies in the D/FW metro area presently pay Clinical Assistants approximately $15.00 - $16.00 an hour.  Temporary agencies in West Texas pay approximately $10.00 an hour. Business Assistants tend to be paid monthly, anywhere from $2800.00 to $4000.00 per month, depending on experience. Talk with other Dental Assistants in your area or contact your local temporary agency.

 

Employment benefits that are provided vary. There are Dentists who offer no benefits, other than Vacation and/or Holiday pay, which may begin after a period of anywhere from 30 days to one year.  However, if you do find a Dentist who does offer other benefits, it is possible they may also offer: 401K plan, Uniform Allowance, Bonuses, Insurance, Continuing Education (CE) Courses, Paid Time-Off, and ADAA/TDAA Membership Dues.

 

Resources: Texas Dental Placement Network

                    Texas Workforce Commission – Austin: 512.463.8942

                    Dental Assisting National Board (www.danb.org) - Salary Survey

                    Dental Assisting Digest - Salary Survey

 

Q. Where are Dental Assisting courses available?

 

A. TDAA promotes Dental Assisting Courses that are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and have been granted the accreditation status of Approved.  The Commission on Dental Accreditation is a specialized component of the American Dental Association, and is recognized by the United States Department of Education.  Dental Assistant Courses are offered through Regional, State, and local Dental Conferences, as well as, private and public institutions in Texas. There are also courses offered that are non-accredited, but provide knowledge necessary to begin a Dental Assisting Career.

 

Resources:

TDAA CE & Calendar of Events

TDAA Accredited Programs

TDAA Dental Links

ADAA – Education Information

ADA – Education Information

ADA – CODA Approved Program Search

SBDE Dental Assistant Registration Procedures

SBDE CE Requirements for Dental Assistants

SBDE - Forms & Applications

 

 

Q. Am I required to be certified in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)?

 

A. Yes, a current CPR Card is required.

 

Q. May I take CPR at my local city fire department or local parks & recreation center?

 

A. Yes, you may take CPR from any Certified Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Instructor. The requirement no longer mandates a certain provider. However, the Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Healthcare Providers must include two components: a written assessment and a hands-on demonstration of skills of Infant, Child, Adult CPR, obstructed airway and Automated External Defibrillator (AED), which is at least 4.0 hours in length.  Hands-on demonstration of skills makes any online certification unacceptable.

 

Resources: Rod Jensen & Associates – 210.647.3549 or 210.647.1610

        American Heart Association (AHA) 

        American Red Cross (ARC)

 

Q: I received a certified Dental Assistant diploma June 1, 1970 from a Dental Assisting Program, which now no longer exists. I have been working in the dental field since 1967. I am an Office Manager and basically been working front office for many years now in dental offices. My question is: Is there some sort of grandfather clause, which would allow me to become a RDA or CDA without having to take CE classes or exams? I am interested in a position outside of the dental office, which requires registered or certified.

 

A: There are no “Grandmother/Grandfather” clauses available in the state of Texas. In order to be credentialed, one must take and pass an examination. Once one has a credential, either CDA or RDA, there are continuing education (CE) requirements to uphold and adhere to annually.

 

Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) is a national credential and is recognized by the State Board of Dental Examiners and given by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

 

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) is a state credential given by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE).

 

Q. I work for two (2) dentists in different locations.  Do I need two (2) state registration certificates?

 

A. Yes. 

 

Q. I am a receptionist for an Oral Surgeon. Do I have to be Registered?

 

A. Yes, if the duties of your position require that you take any type of radiograph, you are required to be Registered by the state.

 

Q. I am considering hiring a Dental Assistant who is Registered. How can I determine he/she is actually currently Registered with the SBDE?

 

A. The State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) has a list of Dental Assistants in the State of Texas who are Registered. SBDE’s Verification Input Screen

 

If you have any questions not addressed above or listed on these pages: SBDE - Rules to Govern & Registration or State Required Registration & Other Certifications, please contact TDAA at the below E-mail address OR Contact the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE):

 

William P. Hobby Building

333 Guadalupe Street, Tower 3, Suite 800

Austin, TX 78701

1.512.463.6400 (PHONE)

1.512.463.7452 (FAX)

1.800.821.3205 (COMPLAINT HOTLINE)

Email: information@tsbde.state.tx.us

 

SBDE: Frequently Asked Questions

 

NOTE: As time progresses this webpage will be updated as information becomes available.

 

Last update: 12/30/17

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