Dental Radiology: (see below for course description)
DAS is no longer presenting this class room course but DAS has published a HOME STUDY MANUAL that can be purchased and used as an aid in studying and preparing for DANB’s RHS exam discussed below. The course manual will include practice tests and answer sheets that will definitely help you through the class room course (of another program) and help prepare you for your national exam.
Private tutoring is available for Radiology. If you have read through the manual and are still confused or have questions, if you’re the type of person that simply isn’t self-motivated and needs a sense of accountability, or if you simply learn better by meeting with someone in person you may be interested in private tutoring.
Tutoring sessions are one-on-one and allow you the personal time and attention you may be seeking. Tutoring is self-led, meaning that you should come prepared in advance with questions and that you control the topic of discussion. Private tutoring is not meant as a replacement for a class where a curriculum (outline of topics to be discussed) is prepared for you in advance.
The didactic component
The didactic (or instructional) component is the more traditional classroom time. It is here that you will first be introduced to the required radiology concepts and practices that you will need to know and be able to perform in order to obtain your license. In this part of the course students will learn about radiation physics, radiation biology, exposure and processing techniques, radiation safety, processing chemicals, and mounting films. Students will spend a minimum of 30 hours in a classroom setting.
DAS is no longer presenting this course, but has published A HOME STUDY MANUAL that can be purchased and used as an aid in studying and preparing for DANB’s RHS exam discussed below. Course manuals will include practice tests and answer sheets that will definitely help you through your class room course and help prepare you for your national exam.
The laboratory component
The laboratory component of this course is designed to provide students a truly hands-on opportunity to practice their newly learned skills. You will practice actual procedures with real instruments, equipment, and live radiation using a mannequin as your patient. Students will expose actual radiographs (x-rays) and later process (develop) those radiographs. Students will however, not be allowed to practice exposing films on each other. A minimum of 20 hours are required for laboratory time.
The clinical component
This clinical component of the course can only begin after completion of the first two components (the didactic and laboratory components). The “clinical” must be performed in a state approved (Bureau of X-Ray Compliance approved) dental office where you are supervised by a properly licensed individual. If you are already working in a dental office you may be able to use your current employer to complete your clinical, pending approval.
New regulation from New Jersey’s Bureau of X-Ray Compliance requires that prospective students obtain an agreement with a dental office where they can and plan to complete their clinical component before being permitted to register or enroll in a state-approved dental radiology program.
For more specific information about the clinical component please click here or visit the clinical section of our Frequently Asked Questions page. Of course, if you still have questions please feel free to contact us.
Typical Course Sequence
This chart displays the usual order that students will take our courses and the order in which they obtain their credentials. For a more detailed overview, please click here.
|Dental Assistant with a Limited Permit||1. Introduction Dental Assisting||None|
|Dental X-Ray License (LDRT)||2. Dental Radiology||Radiation Health & Safety (RHS )|
|Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Certificate||
3. Review of Radiation Health & Safety*
4. Infection Control
5. General Chairside
|Radiation Health & Safety (RHS ), Infection Control, General Chairside|
|Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)||6. Expanded Functions||Expanded Functions|
*If you obtained your dental x-ray license in NJ you will most likely not have to take the Review of Radiation Health & Safety course in order to obtain a CDA certificate.
Dental Assistant Services
Dental Assistant Services provides a variety of courses designed to help you obtain and maintain your dental assisting credentials.