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Radiation Safety Exam

**We no longer accept online registrations. Please print and fill out the registration form below and send it to the SCDA office.

Dental Assistants must pass a SC State Board of Dentistry approved Radiation Safety exam  before they are allowed to take x-rays within a dental office in South Carolina. Board Regulation 39-16 requires that the employing dentist is responsible for verifying the credentials of all dental assistants who expose radiographs in his/her office, and for verifying that all personnel in his/her office who expose radiographs have met the required training and have a copy of their certification from a Board-approved program:

Board-approved Programs:
American Dental Association (ADA)-accredited schools
Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and
South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA)

Dental Assistants who have completed an out-of- State Radiation Safety course will need to take the Radiation Safety Exam in South Carolina, contact Sue Copeland (803) 750-2277 or

The law requires that Dental Assistants have worked under the supervision of a South Carolina licensed dentist for at least three months full-time. The supervising dentists must verify by signing a form indicating that you are competent in the use of the radiological equipment. Please provide the dentist's full name (first and last) on your registration. The Radiation Safety Exam is $60 and includes access to the video online.

Below are the dates for exams given at MIDLANDS TECH AIRPORT CAMPUS in the Academic Center Auditorium will run from 9:30 am- 11:30 am 

Registration Date Test Date
 Friday 1/20/17
 Friday 2/3/17
 Friday ​5/5/17
 Friday ​5/19/17
Friday 7/21/17 ​Friday 8/4/17
Friday 10/20/17 Friday 11/3/17

Below are the dates for exams given at FORTIS COLLEGE will run from 9:30 am- 11:30 am

Registration Date
Test Date
Friday 11/4/16 Friday 11/18/16

All exam study materials will be emailed to registrants.

The exam is given 4 times a year. If an assistant cannot make it to take the test, he/she will have up to 6 months from the date of registration to take the exam during one of the upcoming exam dates. Refunds will not be given.

The exam is 50 questions multiple choice. You can miss up to 12 questions and still pass the exam. You will receive an email with your score within a few days of the exam. Certificates will be mailed out the week following the exam.

Radiation Safety Registration Form - please print and fax (803-750-1644) or mail to the SCDA
Radiation Safety Video
Directions to Midlands Tech Airport Campus Exam
Certificate Reissue Request Form - Please make sure you have taken the exam through the SCDA!

For more information about Radiation Safety, please call Sue Copeland at 800-327-2598 or email her at