Clinical Information for Radiology Students
The following information is for students taking the Dental Radiology course and pertains specifically to the
The Bureau of X-Ray Compliance, which is a division of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) requires
that you complete a clinical education in a state approved
dental office where you
are supervised by a properly licensed individual. This is
intended to provide you an opportunity for real world practice in an
actual dental office, where you will be preparing patients, working
with radiographic equipment, and taking actual dental radiographs.
The clinical component can only begin after successful completion of
the the didactic (instructional) and laboratory components of the
Radiology course and after successfully passing the course exam offered
by Dental Assistant Services (DAS).
With regards to
locating a site where you can perform your clinical,
many students who are already working in a dental office are able to
use their current employer. Students who are not currently
employed in a dental office may consider trying to obtain their clinical education
at an office where they might like to work in the future, as this can
be a great way to make connections and a positive
While we may like to help, it is your responsibility to locate
an office where you can perform your clinical. Final determination of an appropriate office to complete your clincial is subject to approval
by both DAS and the Bureau of X-Ray Compliance.
Upon approval, DAS
will issue you a name tag and a film badge. These must be worn
at all times while performing your clinical. While the name tag indicates that
you have been granted permission to take dental radiographs prior to
obtaining an actual license, the film badge detects and
measures any radiation that you may be exposed to while exposing the radiographs. Without your name tag and film badge
or an actual license, it is illegal for you to operate radiographic equipment,
take dental radiographs, position a patient, and/or position a film in
the mouth of a patient.
Not wearing your name tag or film badge may subject you, DAS, and/or the dental
office you're working in to various penalties and fines. The Bureau of X-Ray
Compliance may also revoke your previously approved Clinical
Affiliation Application keeping you from completing your clinical and
ultimately from obtaining your Dental Radiologic Technologist license (dental x-ray license).
Further, you may only take dental radiographs while under
proper supervision, during the approved clinical period, and at the approved
office. Once your clinical hours have been completed or your film
badge expires, you are no longer legally permitted to continue taking
dental radiographs. To do so would risk your ability to
eventually obtain your license and put the office you're working
in, DAS, and yourself at risk for legal action and monetary
Dental Assistant Services and/or a Bureau of X-Ray Compliance inspector may at any time
visit the dental office where you are performing your clinical to
ensure that you are complying with all of the necessary requirements
and to assure that you are receiving a proper educational experience
and are being safe. In addition to assuring that you are
complying with all laws, regulations, and safety requirements, it is our goal for
our students to become properly educated and well-prepared for their future careers.
We also do not want to find you in a potentially harmful environment, where
your physical safety, the safety of patients, or your future as a
dental assistant may be potentially compromised. Should you have
any concerns about the appropriateness of what is being done at your
clinical site, please contact us
or the Bureau of X-Ray Compliance. The Bureau can be reached by calling
609-984-5890 or clicking here
for a list of email addresses under their " technologist certification
section". You can also obtain a copy of the various rules and
regulations pertaining to the use of radiation from the NJ
Radiation Regulations Downloads page.
While performing your clinical, please remember that you are a guest at
their office and you should provide your coworkers and patients with
respect. Even if you do not plan to continue working there beyond
your clinical, keep in mind that your behavior is also a reflection
upon DAS and that you may need to use that office as an employment
reference in the future.
By following the guidelines and regulations established by the
of X-Ray Compliance, your clinical assignment should be a safe,
educational, beneficial, and meaningful experience for everyone.
If you still have questions, we're here to help. Don't
hesitate to contact us.