Winter 2016 Certified Press

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NELDA certification: A stepping stone for dental assisting students
The introduction of DANB’s National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification provides dental assisting students in non-CODA accredited dental assisting programs the opportunity to get a jump start on the dental assisting career ladder. The winter issue of Certified Press features insights from Connie Gerken, CDA, an instructor at the Pima Medical Institute (PMI) in Tucson, Arizona, about how encouraging dental assisting students to earn NELDA certification has become one of the major ways to motivate them. “I want to set my students up to take the NELDA exams and pass so they can gain the benefits that come with DANB certification,” says Gerken. “It gives them a higher level of confidence — and that’s huge with any entry-level dental assistant.”

DANB Board Director Katharine Noble exemplifies commitment to service
Whether dropping from a helicopter into remote parts of Alaska or setting up a power supply in Mozambique, DANB Board Director Katharine Noble, CDA, CRFDA, RDA, HMC (FMF), United States Navy, knows what it means to go the extra mile as a dental assistant. The winter issue of Certified Press spotlights Noble and the way her work brings oral health care to communities that might otherwise not have access, as well as her role on the DANB Board and how earning DANB certification has impacted her career. “DANB certification has played a vital role in my career,” she says. “I am proud to put CDA after my name.” 

The DALE Foundation celebrates dental assistants
In November, the DALE Foundation hosted a reception during the American Dental Association Annual Meeting. Nearly 100 dental professionals — including dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and corporate professionals — gathered together to network and learn more about the issues facing dental assistants. The winter issue of Certified Press recaps that reception, including the panel discussion on the DALE Foundation’s upcoming researching project, “The Value of Dental Assistants to the Dental Practice.”

Read more in the winter 2016 issue.

 

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