Dental Radiology Certificate Program

WDEN-001 Dental Radiology Certificate Program

Hours: 12 hours online / 12 hours clinical
Fee: $429

Program Description

This intensive two-week hybrid (online and clinical component) course trains dental assistants in the fundamentals of dental radiography. Approved by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry, the successful completion of this course will render the Dental Assistant qualified to expose radiographs in practices located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

The Dental Radiology Certificate Program will explore the basics of dental radiology, including x-ray physics, characteristics of radiation, the dental x-ray machine, effects of radiation exposure, radiation protection, image receptors, digital radiography, dental radiographic anatomy, and intra and extra-oral radiographic procedures. Students will gain experience exposing digital radiographs and correctly mounting them using a digital mount. This experience will be gained by hands-on exposure on a manikin and hands-on placement on both a manikin and a lab partner. A final laboratory competency consists of exposure and evaluation of a full mouth series on a live patient selected by the student.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this introductory course in dental radiology, each student will be able to:

  1. Identify normal anatomical landmarks in periapical, bitewing, occlusal, and panoramic radiographs.
  2. Consistently produce acceptable diagnostic bitewing, periapical, occlusal, and panoramic radiographs.
  3. Discuss the scientific principles that govern radiographic techniques including radiation physics, radiation characteristics, radiation biology, and radiation safety techniques, including the ALARA principle.
  4. Appreciate and guard against the dangers of x-radiation.
  5. List and explain the selection criteria for prescribing dental radiographs.
  6. Compare and contrast intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs and identify their purposes and uses in dental disease identification.
  7. Manage dental patients competently during clinical radiographic procedures.
  8. Determine common radiographic errors that cause poor radiographic quality and be able to correct those errors.
  9. Describe a diagnostically acceptable radiograph.
  10. Interpret radiographs and be able to distinguish normal anatomy from oral pathologies, caries, and periodontal diseases.
  11. List and explain state and federal laws that pertain to the practice of dental radiography.
  12. Explain the purpose, technique, and benefits of digital radiography.
  13. Describe the techniques and purpose of using localization techniques in radiology.

Students will be awarded a certificate upon successful completion of all course requirements.

Program Details

Medical Requirements

Failure to complete and submit 100% of the medical requirements prior to the first day of class will result in your being withdrawn from the class and no refund will be issued.


  1. Must be at least 18 years old
  2. Must be currently working in a dental office
  3. Students are required to submit Immunization / Immunity Documentation Requirements prior to the first day of training:
  4. Students of this course are responsible for procuring a healthy adult patient to take a full mouth series of radiographs on. This will occur during the last lab of the course section.

Required Health Clearance    

Due 2 weeks prior the start of classes
Dental Radiology Immunization / Immunity Documentation
Dental Radiology (ZIP)

Tuberculosis Screening: must be obtained within 3 months of the start of the program. Students must submit reports for either two-step Mantoux testing (PPD) or IGRA.  Two-Step Mantoux test: The purpose of the two-step PPD is to rule out a false negative on the first test.  Step 1: PPD implanted into forearm and 48-72 hours later, the student will have the test “read” and results are documented by the clinician.  Step 2: One to three weeks later, a SECOND PPD is implanted into the forearm and 48-72 hours later, the student will have the test “read” and results are documented by the clinician.

If the student has a positive PPD or IGRA screening, a chest x-ray must be obtained within 4 months of the start of the program and the chest x-ray report must be submitted to the Health and Wellness Center with a Positive Tuberculosis Test Questionnaire. The questionnaire is required to be completed annually for all students with positive tuberculosis screening.

Immunization/Immunity Records

  • tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (TDaP) vaccination required within the past 10 years
  • hepatitis B – evidence of three vaccinations, immune titer results, or signed hepatitis B waiver required

    TITERS: If a titer is drawn, the student is required to submit the lab report to the Health and Wellness Center. Any result that is negative/indeterminate/equivocal will be considered a negative result and the student will be required to be revaccinated with the complete series of vaccinations for which a negative titer is received.

Download, complete, and submit forms to the Health and Wellness center via fax (413-755-6045), STCCNet Dropbox, or by postal mail using the address below. Please note, we highly recommend fax and Dropbox over postal mail due to delays.

Health and Wellness Center
One Armory Square,
Springfield, MA 01105

Fee: $429

Need help convincing your employer to help cover the costs?

Individual Training Account (ITA) - Funding

What is an Individual Training Account (ITA)?

An Individual Training Account (ITA) is an account set up on behalf of an adult or dislocated worker to pay for training services. The purpose of the ITA is to give program participants maximum choice in selecting a training program.

One-Stop Career Centers determine the dollar amount limits, time limits, and other requirements for use of ITA accounts.
If you are approved for an ITA account, you must choose your training services from the statewide list of ITA-approved programs. A One-Stop Career Center employment counselor will give you information to help you make an informed choice about how to spend your ITA funds.

You can use the Department of Workforce Training's Online Services Training Course Search to find ITA-approved training programs that meet your needs. Select "ITA" from the Approved Course Type drop-down box to find ITA-approved programs.

How do I apply?

To apply for the Adult and Dislocated Worker Program and Individual Training Account (ITA) funds, visit your One-Stop Career Center, or call the Division of Career Services at 617-626-5300.

To find the Career Center nearest you, see Find a Career Center near You on the Department of Workforce Development web site.

For more information about One-Stop Career Centers in Massachusetts, see One-Stop Career Centers.

Registration Deadline

One week prior to the start of classes

Online Classroom

The online class is on the Blackboard platform and has 4 modules. Class will open Monday, November 29. You must successfully complete the first two modules before the first lab. You must successfully complete the last two modules by the last lab.

These are asynchronous modules that can be completed at any time and at your convenience. Full instructions and your Blackboard credentials will be provided before the start of the online classes. There will be a web-based final examination at the conclusion of the course. 


Please note: students of this course are responsible for procuring a healthy adult patient to take a full mouth series of radiographs on. This will occur during the last lab of the course section.

  • Tuesday, December 7, 5:30-8:30
  • Thursday, December 9, 5:30-8:30
  • Tuesday, December 14, 5:30-8:30
  • Thursday, December 16, 5:30-8:30

Dental Radiography Principles and Techniques, ed.5. Elsevier, 2017
Iannucci and Howerton
ISBN: 978-0-323-29742-4

Required Lab Apparel
Clean lab coats and scrubs

Books may be purchased on Amazon or other book vendors.

Refund Policy

Withdraw prior to the start of class* - 100% Refund
No Refunds will be given once class begins

In the absence of a written third party contractual agreement stating otherwise, all refunds will be issued to the student. Credit card payments will be refunded directly to the credit card if processed within thirty days of the payment.

Course Cancellation Policy

The STCC Workforce Training office reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

Student Handbook Policies

As a participant in this program/course I understand that I am bound by all the rules, regulations, and policies of STCC as outlined in the Springfield Technical Community College Student Handbook.

To view Dental Radiology Certificate Program related careers, live job listings, and average salaries please see STCC’s Career Coach.

For More Information, Please Contact:

The STCC Workforce Development Center
Building 27, Second Floor

Enrollment Process

Enroll Online

  1. Click: Online Registration
  2. Click on “Search and Register for Workforce Training Classes”
  3. Type in “Dental" and hit “Submit"
  4. Carefully click the SELECT box for the course that you want to take. There may be several choices so make sure you select the right course and dates.
  5. Enter your personal and credit card information.
    • Please note STCC accepts Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express as well as E-check payments. E-checks are a fee-free alternative to credit/debit payments.
    • Your receipt will be immediately emailed to you.
    • If you do not receive your receipt, check with our office at 413-755-4225 a few weeks prior to the class.
  6. Complete Medical Clearance information as soon as possible. See Prerequisites/Requirements above for details.

Enroll in Person

At this time due to COVID-19, in-person enrollment has been suspended until further notice.