State Board Regulations for Radiation Safety:

Dental Assistants are not licensed or registered in SC.

All Dental Assistants must have a State Board approved Radiation Safety certification.

SC State Requirements for Radiation Safety Certification:

-You must either have your RHS from the Dental Assistants National Board (DANB); or
-Have graduated from a two year CODA Accredited Dental Assisting program (list below)

If you don’t have either you must take the SCDA Radiation Safety Exam.

American Dental Association (ADA) CODA- accredited schools to verify your CODA approved program

List of South Carolina ADA CODA- accredited schools:
-Aiken Technical College
-Florence-Darlington Technical College
- Greenville Technical College
- Horry-Georgetown Technical College
- Midlands Technical College
- Spartanburg Community College
- Tri-County Technical College
- Trident Technical College
- York Technical College

Radiation Safety Exam


Registration Fee:
$60.00 to be paid by bank/credit card or PayPal

  • Qualifications: To register for this exam, the registrant must work for a South Carolina Dentist for three months full-time or worked in another state with a radiation safety certification.
  • The registrant will need to set up a login with your email address and 8-character password. You will need to save this password to sign back in to take the exam when you are ready.
  • ***DO NOT START the exam until you have read and are familiar with the NEW Radiation Safety Study Guide.
  • Test Details
    • 50 random multiple-choice questions
    • 90 minutes to complete
    • one-time attempt to complete
    • Before taking the exam make sure you are in an environment where you will not be disturbed and have good internet connection.
    • You will not be able to save and finish later
    • You will not be able to go back and change any answers.
    • You must answer the question to move on
    • Once you have finished the exam, you will receive your score. If you receive 75% or better, you will pass and receive a PDF of your certificate that you need to print and save for your records. If you do not save this pdf, there is a $10.00 fee to reissue the Certificate.
    • Your receipt will be available when you complete your exam.
    • You will have 90 days after registration to take this exam.
    • If you do not pass, will need to register/pay again to be able to retake the exam.

Click here to pay and take the ONLINE Radiation Safety Exam

Login Instructions

Radiation Safety Certificate Re-Issue Form - Please make sure you have taken the exam through the SCDA!

If you have any questions please email Sue Copeland or call 803-750-2277