This course is for dental assistants that already have experience. This course is approved by the Florida Board of Dentistry. At least three months of continuous on-the-job training through assisting is required in the positioning and exposing of dental radiographic film under the direct supervision of a Florida licensed dentist and must be at least 18 years of age. (Chapter 64B5-9.011). Signed acknowledgement of meeting these prerequisites is required. Participants may be dismissed from course if found lacking appropriate dental experience.
Course Description: This certification course provides knowledge of and evaluates the students’ ability to perform Radiology duties as a component of their Expanded Functions, required by the State of Florida. Students will learn digital radiology clinically and traditional radiology didactically. It is conducted in a dental office setting, allowing the student to utilize the equipment and materials used on a day to day basis in a dental office. Upon completion of the course, the student will be tested and must pass all clinical competencies in order to receive certification.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be knowledgeable in and able to do the following:
- Identify Equipment
- Identify Radiographic Anatomy
- Be familiar with the film/sensor techniques
- Understand the development and processing techniques
- Perform adequate infection control
- Be aware of tissue sensitivity
- Understand radiation protection for the patient and the operator
- Understand the types of exposure
- Understand the units of measurement
- Understand radiation biology
- Understand radiation doses
Continuing Education Coursework is not under the purview of the Commission for Independent Education.