About the Exams
National Entry Level Dental Assistant Exam
DANB's NELDA exam is intended for entry-level dental assistants who do not yet qualify for DANB's CDA exam.
Certified Dental Assistant Exam
The CDA exam focuses on general chairside assisting and is DANB's flagship certification.
Certified Orthodontic Assistant
The COA exam is made up of the OA and the ICE component exams.
Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant
The CPFDA certification exam includes component exams on four preventive functions: Coronal Polish (CP), Sealants (SE), Topical Anesthetic (TA) and Topical Fluoride (TF).
Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant
The CRFDA certification is made up of six component exams: Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP); Impressions (IM); Temporaries (TMP); Isolation (IS); Sealants (SE); and Restorative Functions (RF).