Radiology Certificate for Dental Assistants: An 80-hour Training Program - January - April 2024

Designed for unlicensed dental assistants and those looking to advance their abilities, this course will provide you with the skills needed to produce high-quality diagnostic intraoral, panoramic, and CBCT images. The 2022 Minnesota administrative rules allow unlicensed assistants to perform radiology services under a limited radiology registration. This course is designed to meet the new rule requirements. Participants will spend 50 hours in self-paced didactic learning, 15 hours on the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry campus in a clinical setting, and an additional 15 hours completing clinical experiences within their current dental practice.

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Register for Upcoming Sessions

January 9, 2024 7:00 pm - April 30, 2024 5:00 pm

All times for all events are in local Central Time.

Zoom Meetings: January 9 and February 13, 2024
On-campus Weekend: March 2-3, 2024

Self-paced study via online presentations and videos
On-campus training sessions
In-office clinical practice

Course Number: CF4015

Enrollment is limited to 30.

This session has filled. Please register for the next session, August-November 2024.




  1. As of January 2022, the Minnesota Board of Dentistry's approval for unlicensed dental assistants to provide radiological services has passed.
  2. Course attendees must be currently employed within a dental practice.
  3. No refunds or session switching will be granted 30 calendar days before the course start date.

80 Hour Course

  • 50 hours of course content viewed from your home or office
  • 15 hours on the University of Minnesota campus
  • 15 hours of clinical site assignments completed at your workplace

50 Hour: Didactic Component

50 hours of the course content will be delivered via online pre-recorded lectures available in our Google drive and via live presentations held over Zoom.

Learn How To
  • Discuss the Basics of Radiology
  • Analyze the Physics of Radiology
  • Consider the elements of an X-ray Machine
  • Explain Image Receptors
  • Describe the Fundamentals of Radiographic Image Formation
  • Analyze Image Characteristic and Manipulation
  • Identify Imaging Techniques
  • Summarize Radiation Biology
  • Explain Radiation Protection
  • Consider Radiation Regulation
  • Apply Infection Control Standards
  • Reference Radiographic Anatomy
  • Discuss Radiographic Interpretation

Clinical Component - 30 Hours

15 hours on the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry campus
15 hours within your clinic workplace

  • The clinical component will aid you in obtaining and evaluating intraoral radiographs, the ideal positioning of patients in panoramic and CBCT units, and quality assurance of panoramic radiography. The course also includes basic interpretation of full mouth intraoral and panoramic radiographs.
  • 15 hours of the course content will be delivered in person at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
  • 15 additional hours will be required at your place of employment. With the assistance of an instructor, you will interpret the quality of the images taken in your practice.
Learn How To
  • Acquire Intraoral Radiographs
  • Acquire Panoramic Radiographs
  • Acquire CBCT Images
  • Conduct Quality Analysis
  • Interpret Images

Please review this important course information:

Training Methods

Lecture, discussion, demonstration, simulation, clinical practice

Important Details

According to our Course Director, Dr. Mansur Ahmad, there is no contraindication for radiography when the operator is pregnant. Radiography rooms at the School of Dentistry provide a safe environment and protect the operators.

The Minnesota Board of Dentistry has updated the requirements for the Limited Radiology Registration program.