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Question by Cheryl: where can I go in Denver colorado area to get certified for taking dental xrays?
I have been a dental assistant for 40 years and never been certified to take x-rays..I just moved to the Denver area and need to get certified..wondering where I can do this without taking other classes with it.
Answer by Almost Marathe
To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiologic procedures in the state of Colorado, a dental assistant must: (1) Be at least 18 years of age AND (2) Successfully complete minimum safety, education and training for operating machine sources of ionizing radiation and administering such radiation to patients. Approved education or training includes completion of five hours of practical or clinical experience and three hours of lecture for a total of eight hours from a program accredited by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education, or the Private Occupational School Division (or the equivalent in any other state) OR (3) Education and training may be provided on the job by a licensed dentist or dental hygienist provided that the educational module used is approved by the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners OR (4) Successfully complete the national DANB Radiation Health & Safety (RHS) exam or the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam.
A dentist or hygienist can actually train you on the job for this, and Colorado will accept it, providing they use the approved educational module. This way you don’t have to go back to school.
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