Can you be a dental assistant without a certificate?

I am certified in CPR. I have a dental radiology license and take continuing education courses. I just want to know if I am doing this legally. I personally feel I have more knowledge than some of the people they are hiring from dental school. I take my job very seriously.

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  1. J B says

    It may depend on your state.

    I recently attended an information session on dental hygiene and dental assisting, and we were told that the difference is as follows:

    DA1 – on the job training
    DA2 – formal schooling
    CDA – formal schooling plus DANB certification

  2. CDA~NY says

    What state are you in? If you go to the DANB site (www.danb.org) you’ll be able to get all the info you need for your state……… and you’ll know if you’re doing things illegally or not…
    :)