650—20.1(153) Registration required.A person shall not practice on or after July 1, 2001, as a dental assistant unless the person has registered with the board and received a certificate of registration pursuant to this chapter.
650—20.2(153) Definitions. As used in this chapter:
“Dental assistant” means any person who, under the supervision of a dentist, performs any extraoral services including infection control or the use of hazardous materials or performs any intraoral services on patients. The term “dental assistant” does not include persons otherwise actively licensed in Iowa to practice dental hygiene or nursing who are engaged in the practice of said profession.
“Direct supervision” means that the dentist is present in the treatment facility, but it is not required that the dentist be physically present in the treatment room while the registered dental assistant is performing acts assigned by the dentist.
“General supervision” means that a dentist has delegated the services to be provided by a registered dental assistant. The dentist need not be present in the facility while these services are being provided.
“Personal supervision” means the dentist is physically present in the treatment room to oversee and direct all intraoral or chairside services of the dental assistant and a licensee or registrant is physically present to oversee and direct all extraoral services of the dental assistant.
“Trainee status expiration date” means the date established by the board office which is 12 months from a person’s first date of employment as a dental assistant. The trainee status expiration date is the date by which a trainee must successfully complete requirements and become registered as a dental assistant, pursuant to Iowa Code section 153.39.