UConn School of Dental Medicine has developed a Radiation Health & Safety Competency Assessment Self Study Course, Materials and Exam. The Radiation Health & Safety Competency Assessment meets the 2023 legislation, which allows a Dental Assistant in Connecticut to take dental x-rays if they pass either the national exam, Dental Assistant National Board’s (DANB) Radiation Health & Safety Examination or the Connecticut assessment, the Radiation Health and Safety Competency Assessment, administered by a dental education program in Connecticut that is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation. Please note, the Radiation Health & Safety Competency Assessment cannot be used toward Certified Dental Assisting and does not replace the DANB test.   

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Test Dates
June 22, 2024, 10:00 AM
July 13, 2024, 10:00 AM
July 27, 2024, 10:00 AM

Public Act No. 23-97

Sec. 40. Subdivision (1) of subsection (c) of section 20-112a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2023):

(c) (1) A licensed dentist may delegate to dental assistants such dental procedures as the dentist may deem advisable, including: (A) The taking of dental x-rays if the dental assistant can demonstrate successful completion of the dental radiation health and safety examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board or a radiation health and safety competency assessment administered by a dental education program in the state that is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation; (B) the taking of impressions of teeth for study models; and (C) the provision of fluoride varnish treatments. Such procedures shall be performed under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist and the dentist providing direct supervision shall assume responsibility for such procedures

Registration of $150 per person includes the following:

  • Self-Study Courses: Use the modules and self-assessment questions to prep for the exam
  • Competency Exam: Exam consists of 50 questions. 65% is passing
  • Letter of Completion: UCONN School of Dental Medicine to issue letter upon successful completion of the exam.

Additional Information:

  1. Click the button above to register and gain access to the self-study material and self-assessment quizzes. So no need to obtain or pay for additional study materials.
  2. Registrants have 30 days from registration to take the exam.
  3. Registrants must pick a test date. The test will be monitored virtually and an attestation form required.
  4. Various email reminders will be sent prior to the test date.
  5. Information regarding accessing the exam will be provided the day prior to the assessment.  
  6. There are 50 questions to be completed in 60 minutes. Passing is 65%.
  7. UCONN School of Dental Medicine will send a letter of completion to the registrant.

Radiation Health & Safety Competency Assessment’s Online Learning Modules

Module I: Expose and Evaluation: Techniques

Mdule II: Expose and Evaluation: Extraoral Techniques

Module III: Expose and Evaluation: Image and Quality

Module IV: Expose and Evaluation: Digital Imaging In Dentistry

Module V: Expose and Evaluation: Selection Criteria

Module VI: Quality Assurance and Radiation Safety

Module VII: Radiation Safety for Patients and Operators

Questions? Contact Dawn Champagne, CSDA Interim Director, Professional Development at dchampagne@csda.com or (860) 378-1800.