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Categories of dental assistants
There are two categories of dental assistants in Iowa: Dental Assistant Trainees and Registered Dental Assistants.
A person shall not practice on or after July 1, 2001, as a dental assistant unless the person has registered with the Iowa Dental Board and received a certificate of registration. To legally engage in the practice of dental assisting in Iowa, you must either be registered or be placed on dental assistant trainee status by the Board.
Dental assistants are required to provide proof that they are either registered, or that they are working on trainee status. This information must be available at all practice locations.
Please note that being DANB (Dental Assisting National Board) certified, does not authorize you to engage in the practice of dental assisting in Iowa. To be registered in Iowa you must submit an application along with the necessary application fees. Simply passing the exams does not allow you to legally work in Iowa.