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.
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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.
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
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
Frequently Asked Questions
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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