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DANB CDA Dental Assisting Student Exam Blueprints

DANB’s exams do not correspond directly to any specific textbook or dental assisting program. Instead, they are based on an analysis of the duties commonly performed in actual dental assisting practice, which is called a content validation study. This study serves as the basis for what DANB calls the exam blueprint. The exam blueprint outlines all of the possible topics on a specific exam. Download free exam blueprints by clicking on the links below.

Certification Exam Blueprints

Certification exam blueprints and suggested references for DANB’s five certifications. For individual component exam blueprints, see next section.

National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) Exam Blueprint (PDF)
Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Exam Blueprint (PDF) 
Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Exam Blueprint (PDF)
Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) Exam Blueprint (PDF)
Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA) Exam Blueprint (PDF)

Exam Blueprints

Individual exam blueprints and suggested references.

Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) Exam
Coronal Polish (CP) Exam
General Chairside Assisting (GC) Exam
Infection Control (ICE) Exam
Impressions (IM) Exam
Isolation (IS) Exam
Orthodontic Assisting (OA) Exam
Restorative Functions (RF) Exam
Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam
Sealants (SE) Exam
Topical Anesthetic (TA) Exam
Topical Fluoride (TF) Exam
Temporaries (TMP) Exam

Taking DANB’s RHS and ICE Exams?

DANB’s RHS and ICE exams are two components of the NELDA and CDA exam. Now you can take them together and save $100 over the cost of taking each test separately.

RHS/ICE Exam for CDA (PDF)