Professional Development

ADAA Membership:   

Serving over 20,000 dental team members, we know what it means to be part of a team. ADAA knows what it means to advance your career. There are many reasons to join the ADAA but unlimited free online education is a big one! Continuing education is important to your professional development as much as it is to your patients. It is also important to your dental team. Take advantage of all the ADAA site has to offer: networking with your peers, discussion boards, chat, and more! The ADAA gives you many ways to enhance your dental career and there's no better way than to join today!
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ADAA Mission Statement
"To advance the careers of dental assistants and to promote the dental assisting profession in matters of education, legislation, credentialing and professional activities which enhance the delivery of quality dental health care to the public."


ADAA Fellowship & Mastership
Long a standard of professional achievement, Fellowship in one of America's healthcare organizations has been a coveted level of professional recognition; a recognized, accepted accomplishment among one's peers.
The American Dental Assistants Association offers the Fellowship and Mastership category for both the clinical and business pathway within its membership.  
For more information about Program requirements or to enroll in the Program, Click Here.

DANB – Pathways to Credentialing

SC Radiation Safety Exam:

Does the Board require certification of dental radiography?

39-16. Dental Radiography (Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Section 40-15-40)…Every dentist shall certify to the Board that any person employed by him, who shall place and expose radiographic films, has successfully completed the training required herein.
Although the Board will no longer certify (issue certificates to) individuals in radiation safety, it will, however, continue to determine which structured courses are approved for satisfying the radiation safety requirements of the South Carolina Dental Practice Act.  Board Regulations 39-12(8) and 39-16 govern the performance of dental radiologic procedures in South Carolina. 

Structured courses that are Board - approved are given by American Dental Association (ADA)-accredited schools and their constituents; Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) schools; and
South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA).

Nitrous Oxide Monitoring –
SC requires an expanded duty dental assistant to take and pass/or hold a certificate of completion in a Board-Approved Nitrous Oxide Monitoring course as a condition for applying for the SC CERTIFICATION FOR MONITORING OF NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION