Dental assistants play a vital role in dental offices helping dentists and dental hygienists provide services to patients. Duties may include maintaining medical records, assisting with collection of patient information, instrument and patient preparation, taking and developing x-rays, and casting impressions. Hours are generally standard daytime with some evening and weekend flexibility depending on the facility.
To be a dental assistant and operate dental x-ray equipment and take x-rays in Maryland, you must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent and pass the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam.
Information Unique to the Training
Classes are approved by Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.
Course to Complete
AHE-196 Professional Preparation in Healthcare
- Core Courses
AHE-453 Introduction to Dental Assisting
AHE-067 Oral Radiography
XXZ-132 Oral Radiography Clinical (required for those not currently employed in a dental practice)
Approximate Number of Hours
Approximate Training Cost*
$1,670 (includes text)
After successfully completing the Oral Radiography (AHE-067) are eligible to take the Radiation Health and Safety examination through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). This certification is required in Maryland for anyone who takes dental x-rays.
Related Continuing Education Courses
AHE-046 CPR Healthcare Provider/BLS
AHE-099 Expanded Functions: General Chairside
AHE-002 Dental Front Office Administration
Estimated Hourly Wage**
*Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees, etc.
**Wages are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only.