Indiana radiology program

INDIANA RADIOLOGY PROGRAM

ADAA HOME STUDY RADIOLOGY COURSES

 

Dental assistants taking x-rays in the State of Indiana must be licensed by the Indiana State Department of Health to do so. The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) has a home study package of 6 courses approved by the Indiana State Department of Health for the Indiana Radiology Program that can be completed at home or in the office. If the assistant is a full member of the ADAA or joins as a new full member of the ADAA, then the assistant can take the Radiology Program at no additional fee online. To apply for membership in the ADAA, complete the membership application at www.adaausa.org. You may also print it and fax it to the ADAA office at 630-351-8490. Once you receive your membership number you can begin to take the courses.

 

The assistant also will need to apply for an Indiana Provisional Dental Permit to take x-rays in the office while competing the home study courses. The Provisional Permit Application is available online through the Indiana State Department of Health website at www.in.gov/isdh/23279.htm. After receiving the membership number and starting the courses, you will need to complete the “Application for Provisional or Student Permit” form which you will fax to the ADAA. The ADAA Director of Education will sign the form and return it to you. You must sent it into the Indiana State Department of Health to receive your Provisional Permit. The ADAA Home Study Courses must be listed on the application for the Provisional Permit as the educational program for the assistant (“ADAA Home Study Course; the address of the ADAA, 140 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL  60108-1017; the date you ordered the course- date enrolled; and the date that you anticipate finishing all six courses – date graduated or projected graduation) and you must mark “Provisional-Dental”, not student. The assistant may not take x-rays in the office until he/she receives the Provisional Permit and the permit is valid for 6 months from the date received. It cannot be renewed. The assistant may take x-rays under the supervision of an Indiana licensed dentist with the valid Provisional Permit.

 

During the clinical training in the office, the assistant should complete the 6 home study courses and exams at the end of each course. When completing the course online, download the Course Attendance Verification form at the end of each exam when successfully passing the post-test. The Home Study Courses are “open book” exams and any licensed dentist, hygienist or x-ray licensed assistant may assist the student with the courses.

 

Once all 6 exams are passed, the employer dentist must sign a Certificate of Proficiency available on the Indiana State Department of Health website at www.in.gov/isdh/23279.htm. The assistant will need to apply for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety Exam directly with DANB and can request a “Candidate Guide” from DANB at 1-800-FOR DANB or online at www.danb.org. After passing the DANB RHS exam, the assistant will then apply for the Operator’s License with the ISDH. The Application for License is available on the ISDH website at www.in.gov/isdh/23279.htm.

The assistant must send in copies of the 6 Course Attendance Verification forms from the ADAA along with the Certificate of Proficiency and a copy of the DANB Certificate to the Indiana State Department of Health with the Application for the Radiology License and the appropriate fee.

 

 

 

 

American Dental Assistants Association/Indiana State Department of Health Approved Dental Radiology Education Package

 

Course Number

Course Title

Number of CE Credits

1302

Introduction to Basic Concepts in Dental Radiography

18

1420

Intra Oral Radiographic Technique

3

1203

Dental Radiographic Pitfalls and Errors

4

1309

Identifying Diseases of the Teeth and Oral Cavity Through Radiographic Images

4

1306

Digital Radiography in Dentistry: Moving from Film-based to Digital Imaging

4

1105

Radiation Biology, Safety and Protection for Today’s Dental Assistant

5

 

 

Steps to complete the indiana radiology program

 

1.        To complete the course online, join the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) as a full member including the Indiana State dues by completing the ADAA membership application online at www.adaausa.org or completing the application and faxing it to the ADAA office at 630-351-8490. Once you receive your ADAA membership number, go to the ADAA website at www.adaausa.org and click on the continuing education section. Then download one of the required radiology courses listed above. This enrolls you in the program.

 

2.        Complete the ISDH Provisional Permit Application. Fax or send the completed ISDH Provisional Permit Application to the ADAA. The permit application will be returned to you with the ADAA’s Director of Education’s signature. List the ADAA Home Study Courses on the application under Name of School/Program.

 

3.        Submit the signed and completed application for the Indiana Provisional Permit to the Indiana State Department of Health. They will issue the Provisional Permit. Once the Provisional Permit is received back from the Indiana State Department of Health, the assistant can take x-rays in the dental office under the supervision of the dentist. The Provisional Permit is only good for 6 months from the date of issue. IT CANNOT BE RENEWED.

 

4.        Complete all 6 radiology courses and download the Course Attendance Verification for each course. After passing all 6 courses, the employer dentist will sign a “Certificate of Proficiency” from the ISDH website.

 

5.        Contact the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and request a DANB Radiation Health and Safety Exam. If you have passed the RHS exam previously, you do not need to retake it. You must have a copy of the certificate showing it was passed.

 

6.        Apply to take the DANB Radiation Health and Safety Exam with DANB. Take and pass the DANB RHS Exam.

 

7.        Apply for the Indiana x-ray Operator’s License from the Indiana State Department of Health (application on the ISDH website) and submit the fee along with the 6 Course Attendance Verification forms from the ADAA, copies of the DANB certificate and the Certificate of Proficiency signed by the dentist.

 

8.        Keep copies of all the certificates of completion, DANB certificate and Certificate of Proficiency for your records.