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DA1000: Radiological Health and Safety Examination

Date: 10/01/2011 - 11/30/2014 Course Status: Available
Facility: Online Location: Online
Level: Basic Audience: Assistants
Quota: 0 - 10000 students Tuition: $0.00
Hours: 0.00 (Total CDE)
Course Types
The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider
The IHS Division of Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider

There is no need to "Register" for this course. Simply login to the CDE and use the links provided on the Course Page to review the "Radiology Study Guide" and then Click on "Take the exam" in the "Instructions" section on the Course Detail page to receive credit.

According to PL 97-35, the initial certification of competency in Dental Radiology involves two components:
1. Written Evaluation: "A criterion-reference test designed to measure knowledge and functional capability essential for making diagnostically acceptable radiographic surveys with minimal risk to the patient and the operator."
2. Clinical Evaluation: "The written examination is supplemented as necessary with a clinical examination." Demonstration of clinical proficiency means meeting the minimum standards in Infection control, radiology protection, quality of radiographs and presentation of radiographs.

The radiology certification process is intended to be accomplished at the dental auxiliarys facility under the guidance of the supervising dentist.
Dental auxiliaries who are currently certified by the Dental Assisting National Board [DANB] or hold a State radiology certificate, are exempt from taking the written evaluation.

Learning Objectives:

This course is the online version of the written exam.
Upon successful completion [a grade of 70 percent or higher] on the online exam and the completion of the clinical portion of the radiology certification process, the dental auxiliary will receive a certificate of competency in radiology.

To complete the online clinical portion of the radiology exam process, the supervisor must enter the clinical evaluations online in the dental directory. Go to the Assistants listing in the directory and use the drop down menu under their name to select "Add Radiology Clinical Eval" which will present the evaluation entering screen.

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of the Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, that faculty/planners disclose any financial or other relationships with commercial companies whose products may be discussed in the educational activity. The Indian Health Service, Division of Oral Health, also requires that faculty disclose any unlabeled or investigative use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Images that have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes are prohibited.

None of the faculty/planners for this activity has a conflict of interest, and there is no use of unlabeled or investigative pharmaceutical products or medical devices. No images have been falsified or manipulated to misrepresent treatment outcomes.The educational objectives, content, and selection of educational methods and instructors are conducted independent of any commercial entity.

Concerns or complaints about this course may be directed to Mary Beth Kinney or to ADA CERP (http://www.ada.org/goto/cerp).


It is recommended that dental auxiliaries study the IHS Radiological Health and Safety workbook. The study guide includes information on radiological protection, quality of radiographs, radiograpic and processing techniques, presentation of radiographs, infection control and special radiological techniques. Additionally, the study guide includes a glossary, certification requirements, technical quality of care standards, and clinical criteria of evaluation. The study guide also includes self-evaluation quizes.

An electronic version of the study guide with self-evaluation quizes can be found on the dental portal www.doh.ihs.gov under the Clinic tab. Scroll down the menu under the Clinic tab and click on Radiology.

Tuition Payment Information:

Tuition Policy:

Tuition must be paid in full 8 weeks prior to the start date of any course. Request for refunds must be received in writing at least two weeks before the course begins. For each refund request, there will be an administrative charge of $100. No refunds will be made to registrants who fail to attend a course. If IHS CDE program cancels a course, then 100% of the tuition will be refunded.

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