Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Regulations Governing the Practice of Dental Assistants [18 VAC 60 ‑ 30]
Education and training for dental assistants II
Action 4916
General Information
Action Summary At its meeting on September 15, 2017, the Board voted to initiate rulemaking to modify the educational qualifications for registration of a dental assistant II by moving to a competency-based program in which basic didactic course work is followed by clinical training under the direction and supervision of a dentist who has successfully completed a calibration exercise on evaluating the clinical skills of a student. The intent is to make entry into the profession more accessible to students and ensure greater consistency in their training and assurance of competency.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005287]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8069 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/05/2018.
8508 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/20/2020.
9067 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/31/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jamie Sacksteder  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4581    FAX: (804)698-4266    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.