Chapter 4715-12 Dental Assistant Radiographer

4715-12-01 Permissible practices of a dental assistant radiographer; supervision required; certificate to be displayed.

(A) A dental assistant radiographer may perform standard, diagnostic, radiologic procedures for the purpose of contributing to the provision of dental care to a dental patient.

(B) A dental assistant radiographer may perform radiologic procedures only under the direct supervision of the supervising dentist.

(C) The original or copy of the certificate and/or renewal receipt card shall be displayed in a conspicuous place in the office wherein the dental assistant radiographer is employed and be made immediately available upon the request of an agent of the board.

Effective: 05/05/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/14/2014 and 04/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4715.39 , 4715.53
Rule Amplifies: 4715.53 , 4715.56
Prior Effective Dates: 3-3-95, 4-4-02, 10-9-06

4715-12-02 Application for certificate; requirements; exceptions.

(A) Each person who desires to perform the duties of a dental assistant radiographer shall file with the secretary of the state dental board a written application for a dental assistant radiographer's certificate. Each applicant for a dental assistant radiographer's certificate shall pay an application fee of twenty-five dollars. Each applicant shall furnish satisfactory proof of the following on a form prescribed and provided by the state dental board:

(1) Except as provided in paragraph (B) of this rule, he has completed a board-approved dental radiography training program presented by either of the following:

(a) An accredited educational institution or program; or

(b) A permanent sponsor of continuing education as listed in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(9) of rule 4715-8-02 of the Administrative Code.

(B) A dental assistant radiographer shall be exempt from the initial training requirements provided in paragraph (A) of this rule if either of the following apply:

(1) He holds current certification as a dental assistant which included required examination in radiography as a component from the "Dental Assisting National Board" or the "Ohio Commission on Dental Assistant Certification"; or

(2) He holds a current license, certificate, or other credential issued by another state that the board determines uses standards for dental assistant radiographers that are at least equal to those established by state dental board rules.

Effective: 05/05/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/14/2014 and 04/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4715.53
Rule Amplifies: 4715.53
Prior Effective Dates: 3-3-95, 4-4-02, 11-1-04, 10-9-06

4715-12-03 Certificate renewal.

(A) Each person who is certified as a dental assistant radiographer shall on or before the first day of January of each odd-numbered year, register with the state dental board. The registration shall be made on a form prescribed by the board, and shall include the certificate holder's name, address, certificate number, proof of having completed at least two hours of continuing education in radiation technology from a board-approved biennial or permanent sponsor during the two-year period immediately preceding renewal, and such other reasonable information as the board may consider necessary, and shall include payment of a biennial registration fee of twenty-five dollars. This certificate shall be in effect for the two-year period beginning on the first day of January of the odd-numbered year, and ending on the last day of December of the following even-numbered year, and shall automatically expire if not renewed.

(B) Any dental assistant radiographer whose certificate has expired under this section must immediately cease taking x-rays until said certificate has been renewed.

Effective: 05/05/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/14/2014 and 04/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4715.53
Rule Amplifies: 4715.53 , 4715.57
Prior Effective Dates: 3-3-95, 4-4-02, 10-9-06

4715-12-04 Accreditation of education programs; application; fee; suspension; revocation.

(A) Any permanent sponsor wishing to offer dental assistant radiographer's training must offer a curriculum of at least seven hours to include the following subjects:

(1) Radiation physics;

(2) Radiation biology;

(3) Radiation health, safety and protection;

(4) X-ray films and radiographic film quality;

(5) Radiographic techniques, processing and storage.

This curriculum may be presented as a correspondence course.

(B) Clinical experience making a variety of radiographs and radiographic surveys must be part of the course curriculum. The clinical experience must be completed within sixty days after completion of the seven subjects of the curriculum.

The clinical experience may be performed in the dental office in which the dental assistant is employed or is serving an externship. The employing/supervising dentist must certify to the sponsor of the dental assistant radiography training program that the clinical experience was completed.

(C) Permanent sponsors wishing to obtain accreditation of radiologic education programs must apply on a form prescribed and provided by the state dental board, and must submit a fee of sixty-seven dollars and fifty cents.

(D) All programs submitted will be reviewed by the board. The accreditation or approval shall be valid until surrendered by the program, or suspended or revoked by the board. A program's accreditation or approval may be suspended or revoked if the program does not comply with applicable requirements of the Revised Code or state dental board rules.

Effective: 05/05/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/14/2014 and 04/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4715.03 , 4715.57
Rule Amplifies: 4715.53 , 4715.57
Prior Effective Dates: 3-3-95, 4-4-02, 11-1-04, 10-9-06

4715-12-05 Continuing education requirements.

(A) Every person certified to practice as a dental assistant radiographer and required to register with the state dental board shall provide proof to the board at the time of applying for a renewal of registration that in the preceding two years the registrant has completed a minimum of two hours of continuing education in dental radiation technology. Certification shall be made upon the application for registration prescribed by the board pursuant to section 4715.53 of the Revised Code.

(B) Continuing education programs may be developed and offered to dental assistant radiographers by any of the following agencies or organizations:

(1) National, state, district, or local dental associations affiliated with the American dental association or National dental association;

(2) National, state, district, or local dental hygienists' associations affiliated with the American dental hygienists' association;

(3) National, state, district, or local dental assistants associations affiliated with the American dental assistants association;

(4) Accredited dental colleges or schools;

(5) Accredited dental hygiene colleges or schools;

(6) Other organizations, schools, paraprofessional programs, or agencies approved by the state dental board.

(C) Continuing radiation technology programs include, but are not limited to, programs that address any of the following:

(1) Radiation physics;

(2) Radiation biology;

(3) Radiation health, safety and protection;

(4) X-ray films and radiographic film quality;

(5) Radiographic techniques, processing and storage.

(D) A dental assistant radiographer shall retain in his records for a period of at least four years such receipts, vouchers, or certificates as may be necessary to document completion of continuing education programs. With cause, the board may request such documentation from dental assistant radiographers, and the board may request such documentation from dental assistant radiographers at random without cause.

(E) The board may excuse dental assistant radiographers, as a group or as individuals, from all or any part of the requirements of this rule because of an unusual circumstance, emergency, or special hardship.

(F) Failure to comply with the requirements of this rule constitutes a failure to renew registration pursuant to section 4715.53 of the Revised Code.

Effective: 05/05/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/14/2014 and 04/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4715.03 , 4715.53 , 4715.57
Rule Amplifies: 4715.53 , 4715.57
Prior Effective Dates: 4-4-02, 10-9-06