Dental Assistants

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DANB Dental Assistant

About Dental Assisting

Dental assisting is one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States. In fact, the demand for dental assistants is expected to grow 25 percent between 2012 and 2022. Dentists are relying more and more on dental assistants, who need a combination of clinical and interpersonal skills to perform a wide variety of tasks. Find out more about this dynamic profession.

Learn More About Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting Student

Dental Assisting Programs: What to Look for

In order to earn DANB certification, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. These requirements include either graduation from an accredited dental assisting program or a minimum number of hours of on-the-job training (OJT). If you are planning to attend a dental assisting program, here are some things you should know to make the best decision possible.

Dental Assisting Programs
DANB Exam Eligibility Requirements

Salary Survey

Salary and Benefits

Every two years, DANB conducts a salary survey. This survey compares salaries between DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certificants and non-certified dental assistants, and provides additional data about the dental assisting profession. See the results of the most recent DANB Salary Survey.

DANB's Salary Survey Results (PDF)
DANB's Salary Survey snapshot (PDF)

Earn the Certification with Industry Recognition

DANB certifications are recognized by the dental community as a sign of achievement and commitment to quality oral healthcare delivery. Join over 37,000 (and growing) dental assistants nationwide who have earned DANB certification.

DANB’s Exams & Certifications