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Dental Radiology
Certificate Course for Dental Assistants

Become qualified to deliver dental radiological services

You can become more valuable in the dental office by advancing your education with career-focused training. Expand your scope of duties by taking coursework in dental radiology and radiography, learning the basics of how to take and analyze x-ray images.

Our 8-week course provides unlicensed dental assistants and other dental auxiliaries currently employed in dental offices the opportunity to become qualified to perform radiological services—without having to become a fully licensed dental assistant.

  • Complete didactic, lecture-style coursework online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom
  • Put academic training into action in hands-on labs at our Minneapolis campus, and clinical experience in your current place of employment
  • Learn from Herzing University faculty with extensive experience teaching dental assisting and dental hygiene
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion in Dental Radiology—a credential qualifying you to apply for Limited Radiology Registration with the Minnesota Board of Dentistry

You can build your skills without investing in a full-fledged degree program. Start now by enrolling in our Certificate of Completion in Dental Radiology program, expand your professional capabilities and take the first step towards advancing your career. Your brighter future is possible with Herzing University.

Classes Start September 7th

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Curriculum

Dental radiology certificate course description

The certificate program’s 80 contact hours will be distributed as such:

  • 50 hours of asynchronous course content
  • 15 lab hours at the Herzing University – Minneapolis campus radiology lab
  • 15 hours of clinical site assignments completed at your workplace

Topics covered across the 8-week course include the basics of radiation, equipment, film and processing, imaging technique, digital and panoramic imaging, and more.

CourseWeeksiContact hours
Certificate of Completion in Dental Radiology880
Tuition & Cost

8 weeks | 80 contact hours

$3,095 tuition

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Tuition & Cost

Our goal is your career advancement.

That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculums and processes to make our Dental Radiology certificate program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

Take this step to invest in yourself, build your skills and capabilities in dental radiology, and advance your career to the next level.

Requirements

Dental Radiology Certificate enrollment requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Certificate of Completion in Dental Radiology include:

  • You must be actively employed in a dental office
  • You must obtain sponsorship from a licensed dentist
  • Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
  • Complete an enrollment application

Practice requirements

In addition to completing this course and a Certificate of Completion, you must meet the Limited Radiology Registration requirements specified by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, including:

  • Evidence of passing a board-approved nationally recognized radiation examination within the past five years
  • Evidence of passing the board's jurisprudence examination within the past five years
  • Documentation of current CPR certification
  • Criminal background check
  • Two hours of infection control education
FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to first earn a diploma or associate degree in dental assisting in order to eventually become a Licensed Dental Assistant in the state of Minnesota.

Our dental radiography certificate is designed to qualify you to deliver x-ray and other radiological services in a dental office, but it does not equip you with the skills and knowledge to practice as an LDA.

If you’re considering advancing your career as a dental assistant, keep in mind dental assistants earn a higher salary in Minnesota than any other state, according to 2021 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In Minnesota, dental assistants earn an average salary of $53,080 per year ($25.52 per hour).*

There are no eligibility requirements to take the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam. However, completing our dental radiology course can help you prepare, and put you in much better position to pass the exam on your first attempt.

You will need to both complete the course and become DANB certified in order to practice, according to Minnesota Board of Dentistry requirements. Completing the course first puts you in a much better position to pass the test and earn Limited Radiology Registration.

You will complete a total of 15 laboratory hours over one weekend at our campus near Minneapolis. Your time in labs will cover these topics:

  • Equipment, Dental Film
  • Dental Radiographer Basics
  • Digital Imaging
  • Infection Control
  • Exposure Techniques
  • Normal Anatomy and Film Mounting
  • Radiation Biology
  • Radiation Protection and Safety
  • Radiation Production
  • Image Interpretation and Evaluation

We do our best to make the most of the time we have in labs. Our goal is to prepare you for success in your work and do it quickly—without sacrificing your ability to retain what you’ve learned.

Unlicensed dental assistants are allowed to perform certain duties as stipulated by Minnesota Legislature regulations. These duties include:

  • Retracting a patient’s cheek, tongue, or other parts of tissue during a procedure
  • Assist with placement or removal of devices as directed by the dentist or dental therapist
  • Remove debris or water during treatment using suction devices
  • Assisting in placing articles and topical medication in a patient’s oral cavity under supervision of a dentist or dental therapist

In January 2022, the Minnesota Board of Dentistry approved unlicensed dental assistants to perform radiological services after meeting certain requirements, including completing a board approved course in dental radiology.

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