Being January 1, 2010 Dental Assistants (unlicensed) will need to meet the new requirements, the following is an excerpt from a Dental Board of California publication,
Requirements of the Dentist Supervising/Employing a Dental Assistant
The supervising licensed dentist is responsible for determining the competency of the dental assistant to perform basic supportive dental procedures. The employer of a dental assistant is responsible for ensuring that the dental assistant who has been in continuous employment for 120 days or more, has already successfully completed, or successfully completes, all of the following within a year of the date of employment:
- A board-approved course in the Dental Practice Act.
- A board-approved course in infection control (8-hour).
- A course in basic life support offered by an instructor approved by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, or any other course approved by the board as equivalent and that provides the student the opportunity to engage in hands-on simulated clinical scenarios. The employer must ensure the dental assistant maintains certification in basic life support.