Dental Support
Technician Certification (DSTC)

Role of a Dental Support Technician

A Dental Support Technician can perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. Dental Support Technicians may perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.

Exam Information

  • Abbreviation: DSTC
  • Total Number of questions on exam: 130
  • Allotted time for exam: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Modality available: Online, Paper/Pencil
  • Live Remote Proctoring Available: Yes
  • Cost: $109.00 (Study material included)
  • AMCA DSTC Exam Statistics

Competencies

  • Anatomy and Physiology (10%)
  • Patient Care/Administrative (10%)
  • Law and Ethics (8%)
  • OSHA/Infection Control (7%)
  • Chairside Assisting (14%)
  • Pharmacology (16%)
  • Medical Terminology (10%)
  • Radiology (10%)
  • Dental Medical Lab Procedures (9%)
For more information, please view the Certification Program Outline and Exam Blueprint.

Additional Information

If you would like to learn more about the role of a Dental Support Technician, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics or the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).

State Guidelines

The laws and regulations pertaining to minimum requirements and the allied health industry vary by state. It is highly recommended that test candidates familiarize themselves with their particular states rules and regulations regarding certification requirements.

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