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Link below to dental assistant license application:


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Link below for Nebraska Jurisprudence Exam:

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Link below dental assistant experience verification form:

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A letter from Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

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 Please contact HHS with questions at (402) 471-2118 or DHHS.MedicalOffice@nebraska.gov 


LB 18 and Dental Assistants

LB 18

  • Signed into law on March 29, 2017
  • Operative date of January 1, 2018
  • Provides for licensure of dental assistants
  • Provides for expanded function dental assistants and expanded function dental hygienists
  • Provides powers and duties
  • Regulations will be put into effect over the next few months
  • Dentistry Practice Act http://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/browse-chapters.php?chapter=38, sections 38-1101 to 38-1152


Unlicensed Dental Assistants

  • Requirements to perform x-rays and coronal polishing remain the same
  • May apply topical local anesthesia under indirect supervision of a licensed dentist
  • May monitor nitrous oxide analgesia if board-approved CPR certified and when under indirect supervision of a licensed dentist
  • May perform duties delegated by a licensed dentist for the purpose of assisting the licensed dentist in clinical and clinical-related duties as allowed in regulations and rules adopted under the Dentistry Practice Act


Licensed Dental Assistants

  • Licensed dental assistants may perform all duties authorized for an unlicensed dental assistant
  • Qualify through education (graduation from a CODA accredited program) OR experience (1,500 dental assisting work hours within the past five years)
  • To apply: complete application, pay application fee, and provide proof of

w  Age (19 years old or older)

w  Citizenship/Lawful presence

w  Graduation from high school (or equivalent, see https://www.education.ne.gov/aded/)

w  Results of CDA sent directly from DANB to the Licensure Unit

w  Passing score on the Nebraska jurisprudence exam 


Licensed Dental Assistants - Permits

  • Available to licensed dental assistants
  • Four additional competency permits

w  Take dental impressions for fixed prostheses

w  Take dental impressions and make minor adjustments for removable prostheses

w  Cement prefabricated fixed prostheses on primary teeth

w  Monitor and administer nitrous oxide analgesia


Expanded Function Permit - Dental Assistants

  • Available to licensed dental assistants
  • Must have 1,500 hours experience as a licensed dental assistant to apply
  • Two levels

w  Level one simple restorations (one surface)

w  Level two complex restorations (multiple surfaces)


Questions? Contact our office at (402) 471-2118 or at DHHS.MedicalOffice@nebraska.gov