Dental Assistant Programs in New Mexico
New Mexico Dental Assisting Schools
Find an accredited New Mexico or online school with dental assistant certificate training classes and college degree programs. Go to school for about 1 year and learn to increase the efficiency of a dentist office, perform and assist with dental procedures, and complete administrative tasks.
Use the zip-code program search to find accredited CDA training in New Mexico.
What does a dental assistant do? State of New Mexico Dental Assisting Requirements
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Dental Assisting Schools in New Mexico
6101 Montana Ave
El Paso, TX 79925
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Las Cruces, NM 88011
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State of New Mexico, Dental Assisting Certification Requirements
You are able to perform basic dental procedures under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.
There are no other education or training requirements.
Dental Assistant With State Certification In Expanded Functions
You must have a state certification in each of your desired following functions:
Rubber cup coronal polishing and application of topical fluoride Independent study or a training course. Assist and observe 5 cases of rubber cup coronal polishing on children and adults, and 5 applications of topical fluoride. Pass the Coronal Polish (CP) and Topical Fluoride (TP) exams. Pass the New Mexico Jurisprudence take-home exam. Pass a clinical exam: perform the rubber cup coronal polishing on 5 adults and children, along with topical fluoride treatment on 5 children, while being observed by a licensed dentist, hygienist, or dental assistant. Pit and Fissure Sealants Log in 2,080 hours of chair side dental assisting in 2 years prior to your application. Independently study or take a training course in the function. Assist and observe 12 cases of pit and fissure sealants. Pass the Sealants exam (SE). Apply to the New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care for your advanced certification in pit and fissure sealants. Pass the take home exam for the New Mexico Jurisprudence. Pass the clinical exam: while being observed, apply the pit and sealants on 5 patients. Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Complete an EFDA course approved by the New Mexico Board of Dental Healthcare, or accredited by CODA. Or, complete a minimum of 5 years, 1000 hours per year, of continuous employment as a dental assistant or dental hygienist. Earn your state certification in radiography, rubber cup coronal polishing and application of topical fluoride, and pit and fissure sealant expanded functions. Complete the New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care for EFDA certification course of study. Get a recommendation from your supervising dentist. Pass the New Mexico Board of Dental Healthcare exams. Pass the New Mexico Jurisprudence exam with a 75% minimum. Apply for an apprenticeship permit and complete the apprenticeship within 180 days of applying. Return the permit and signed affidavit to the New Mexico Board of Dental Healthcare to receive your EFDA certification. Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) You must have your high school diploma or equivalent, or a college degree. Have your radiography certification, rubber cup coronal polishing and application of topical fluoride, and pit and fissure sealant expanded functions. Get at least a 75 percent on the New Mexico jurisprudence take home exam. Take and pass a CDHC program.