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ODU's Dental Radiation Safety Certification

ODU's 2-Day Virtual Dental Radiation Safety Certification is designed to prepare on-the-job trained dental assistants for successful completion of the examination leading to a dental radiation certificate.

This course includes Lecture that will cover radiation physics, biology, protection, and regulations guiding the use of ionizing radiation. Technical competency is NOT covered in this course.

All course materials will be made accessible to participants electronically, on Canvas, on June 8, 2022. Participants who prefer hard copy materials will have the option to purchase and pick up the books in person from Colley Avenue Copies and Graphics, located at 4211 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23508. Phone 757-440-4000. Store Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5 p.m.

For questions about the Dental Radiation Safety Certification Course, please email Ann Bruhn, Chair, Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene, at abruhn@odu.edu.

Summer 2022

June 15th and 18th
(Wednesday 6pm-9pm and Saturday 8am-12pm), Examination 1-2 pm Saturday
Registration Link: https://monarchce.odu.edu/coursedisplay.cfm?schID=1708

You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.


This course will implement testing using recorded Zoom proctoring to ensure test integrity.

Hardware Requirements:

  1. A desktop computer or a laptop, a microphone (built-in or external), and a smartphone
  2. A reliable internet connection (preferably a wired connection)

NOTE: Tablets and Chromebooks are not compatible with some Canvas testing options.

Software Requirements: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari.

Below are links for the Zoom app for iPhone and Android and these applications work in the same manner as your computer.

Zoom Phone Apps:



Attendance & Being On Camera: This course requires you are present, on time, and on camera for the duration of the lecture period on Wednesday and Saturday. If you are uncomfortable showing your work or home space, please download a virtual background or use the background "blur" option provided by Zoom." Please visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210707503-Changing-your-Virtual-Background-image for more instructions on Virtual Backgrounds.

What is Canvas and why you need access?

The Canvas Learning Management System enables collaboration, feedback, and access to documents, assignments, and other materials.

The Canvas Course for the Dental Radiation Course will be made available to participants approximately one week before the first date of the scheduled course.

When you complete registration for the course, you will be emailed an activation code and link to set up your MIDAS account ID and password. Follow the steps in the link to complete MIDAS activation immediately. This is how you will access Canvas as well as the course.

Zoom links to attend the course will be on Canvas. The Zoom link is how you will participate online in the course each day.

To access your course in Canvas, Students must:

  1. Have a MIDAS account ID and password,
  2. Validate that the Canvas service in MIDAS is active,
  3. Have an active student email account and be registered in a course for at least 24 hours.

Log in at www.canvas.odu.edu with your MIDAS ID and password. Learn more on how to navigate Canvas here.

Participants will be required to log on to Canvas prior to the first date of the course when it is made available in Canvas. Please complete your MIDAS account set-up in advance.

REFUND POLICY: To withdraw from a course you must send a request in writing to cepd@odu.edu (7) days prior the start date of the course. Failure to attend a course does not constitute withdrawal.

Course registration fees, less a $50 processing fee will be refunded via check per Old Dominion University policy (we are unable to return money to a debit or credit card). There are no refunds once the class has begun. Late withdrawals of six (6) days or less before the class begins, will result in the student being charged the $50 processing fee.