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Oregon Oral Radiology Proficiency Certification Prep Course

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Learn hands on skills and prepare for the Oregon Radiation Health and Safety exam.

The Oregon Oral Radiology Proficiency Certification preparation course is for dental assistants and those with dental office experience who want to become certified in Oregon.

The Job

Take on more responsibility as a dental assistant by obtaining the Radiation Health and Safety certificate. Dental Assistants who become radiology certified in the state of Oregon, can operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiography procedures.

The Program

Our RHS prep course is convenient with our combined online didactic learning, and weekend hands-on lab classes.This course meets criteria to take Oregon’s Clinical and Didactic Radiologic Proficiency Exam administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).


Students must be currently working as a dental assistant, or office staff to become radiology certified in the State of Oregon.

The Investment

Time commitment for this course consists of 30 hours didactic, and 16 hours of hands on in the PCC Dental Radiology lab.

Didactic information will be accessed through Desire2Learn, PCC’s on-line method to deliver education. Additional literature, assignments and quizzes are used outside the classroom to enhance course materials.

The Instructor

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Are there prerequisites for this course?

No. No prior experience is necessary and in Oregon, anyone can take radiographs after they obtain the radiology certificate with DANB and OBD.

Will this course prepare a student for the DANB didactic (written test) and for the Oregon requirement for a Full Mouth X Ray (FMX) to be sent to DANB?

Yes. But of course, the student will be responsible for preparing him/herself well for the test. The FMX’s will be taken during the clinical portion of the course.

How does this course work?

The didactic portion will be offered online. Students will watch/listen to the lectures on their own time. However, the instructor will have discussion boards, exercises and quizzes/tests every week. The clinical portion will be covered in two extensive days.  Students will first learn on Dexter Mannequins and later on patients. More details will be provided during the first week of class.

Cost of the Program?

$975.00 excluding book

What is the textbook to be used?

The textbook – “Dental Radiography: Principles and Techniques, 6th Edition” – can be found on Evolve Elsevier (ISBN: 978-0323695503). Please purchase prior to the first week of class.

What is the Drop/Refund Policy?

Students must drop the course two weeks BEFORE it begins in order to get a refund for course they have paid for. If they miss the deadline, they will not get a refund and will be responsible to pay for the course even if they didn’t attend.

Upcoming Course Schedule

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Register Today

Find the CRN of your course from the class schedule. Then, register:

  • Online: If this is your first time taking a class at PCC, create an account. If you are a returning student, log on to MyPCC and click “Register for classes,” found in your Term-to-Term Checklist, under “Register”.
  • Phone: Call 971-722-8888, option 2.

Need help? Get detailed information on how to register and how to pay.


Contact Stacy Kimsey about Dental Health Education courses.