How Do I Become A Dental Assistant in Texas?

Type of Certificates Issued by the TSBDE to Dental Assistants

As of September 1, 2017, there are two certifications a dental assistant may apply for that issued by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE):

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Certificate

This certificate legally permits a dental assistant to make x-rays in the State of Texas. To qualify for this certificate a dental assistant must successfully pass a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Course given by a TSBDE-approved RDA Course Provider. Once the assistant successfully passes an RDA Course they may apply to the TSBDE for a RDA Certificate. An RDA Certificate must be displayed in the area where x-rays services are provided.

Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate

This certificate legally permits a dental assistant to monitor nitrous oxide under the direct supervision of a Texas licensed dentist. To qualify for this certificate a dental assistant must successfully pass a TSBDE-approved Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Course. Once the assistant has passed this course they may apply for the TSBDE Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Certificate. This certificate must be displayed where the dental assistant provides monitoring services.