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Measuring of Dental Assisting Excellence

The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) was founded in 1980 and is the national certification board for dental assistants. More than 37,000 dental assistants are currently DANB certified nationwide. DANB, a nonprofit organization, is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. DANB's CDA and COA certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

DANB understands the importance of impartiality and potential conflicts of interests in carrying out its certification activities. Being impartial, and being perceived to be impartial, is necessary for DANB to be able to deliver credible certification programs that provide confidence to our candidates and certificants, our communities of interest, and the public. In order to obtain and maintain confidence, DANB will, at all times, be able to demonstrate that our decisions are based on objective evidence and that our decisions have not been improperly influenced by other interests or by other parties. The above statement is made by DANB in the interest of transparency and so that our candidates and certificants, our communities of interest, and the public may be aware of our intentions.

DANB News and Events

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Services offered by Dental Assisting National Board


DANB offers services, such as exam development and administration, credential verification, and information about state dental assisting requirements.

DANB's Services

DANB is the national certification board for dental assistants.

This recognition is supported by the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Education Association
  • American Dental Assistants Association
  • American Association of Dental Boards
  • Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention
  • American Association of Orthodontists