Effective date: 4/11/2017
(1) Dental assistants may position and expose dental radiographic images only if they have been certified by the Department as dental radiographers or have graduated from a Board-approved dental assisting school or program.
(2) Dental assistants may be certified as dental radiographers if they comply with the following requirements:
(a) Apply for certification on DH-MQA 1202, Dental Radiography Certification Application (Rev. 11/16), incorporated herein by reference and available at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-08094, and available on the Department of Health’s website at http://floridadentistry.gov/licensing/dental-radiographer/, and submit the nonrefundable fee prescribed by Rule 64B5-15.015, F.A.C.;
(b) Document having completed at least 3 months of continuous on-the-job training through assisting in the positioning of digital radiographic sensors and positioning and exposing of dental radiographic images under the direct supervision of a Florida licensed dentist; and,
(c) Document successful completion of a Board-approved course which meets the requirements of subsection 64B5-9.011(3), F.A.C., within 12 months after completion of the on-the-job training required by subsection 64B5-9.011(2), F.A.C.
(3) Only courses which provide training in the following areas may receive Board approval:
(a) Dental radiography practice and equipment;
(b) Radiation biology and radiation safety techniques;
(c) Hands-on instruction in the positioning of digital radiographic sensors and films through the use of appropriate mannequins that will provide the didactic objectives;
(d) Radiographic anatomy;
(e) Radiographic images, films, and processing;
(f) Intra-oral radiographic techniques;
(g) Supplemental techniques of dental radiography; and,
(h) Infection control and sterilization techniques.
(4) A dental assistant’s certification as a dental radiographer must be conspicuously displayed to the public in any dental office where these services are performed.
Rulemaking Authority 456.013, 466.004, 466.017(7) FS. Implements Florida Statutes § 456.013, 456.0635, 466.017(7). History—New 9-20-80, Amended 1-28-81, Formerly 21G-9.11, Amended 12-31-86, 1-18-89, 4-24-91, Formerly 21G-9.011, 61F5-9.011, 59Q-9.011, Amended 6-12-00, 5-20-01, 12-11-12, 5-12-16, 4-11-17.