DANB 2008 State Publications Now Available

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CHICAGO (April 23, 2008) - The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) has published the latest versions of two essential publications: DANB's 2008 State Fact Booklet and DANB's 2008 Career Ladder Templates for Dental Assistants. These publications replace the 2007 versions and together are a complete guide to dental assisting regulatory requirements. DANB's 2008 State Fact Booklet and DANB's 2008 Career Ladder Templates for Dental Assistants are both must-have reference items for educators, state legislators, dental boards and dental professionals looking to further their careers.

DANB's 2008 State Fact Booklet provides current state requirements and excerpts from State Practice Acts, related specifically to the dental assistant, and noting the 37 states in which DANB credentials are currently required or recognized. The 2008 volume also contains the latest State Board of Dentistry contact information, accepted/required DANB exams, the number of assistants holding DANB Certification or other DANB certificates in the state, comparative salary information, general information on expanded functions and radiography requirements, and a list of Commission on Dental Accreditation-accredited dental assisting programs.

DANB's 2008 Career Ladder Templates for Dental Assistants is a reader-friendly guide outlining dental assistant requirements and career ladder opportunities for dental assistants in all 50 states. This resource will prove invaluable to both new and experienced dental assistants who are interested in verifying the dental assisting duties allowed in their state, who might plan to relocate or seek to develop their professional responsibilities and skills. It will also aid state dental board members and officials who are interested in reviewing their own regulations or comparing their state's requirements to others.

This state-specific and career ladder information is also available on DANB's Web site under the State-Specific Information link . Whether viewed online or in print, the information in both of these DANB publications can serve as a roadmap for dental professionals, educators and state legislators' future initiatives.

To order your copies, please see the attached order form. Or, for more information, visit www.danb.org or call 1-800-FOR-DANB.

About DANB

DANB is recognized by the American Dental Association as the national certification board for dental assistants. DANB's certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. DANB serves the public by promoting a means of identifying qualified and competent dental assistants and by measuring and promoting excellence in oral healthcare delivery. As a Mark of Dental Assisting Excellence, DANB Certification is a source of pride for those who achieve it. Currently, there are more than 33,000 DANB Certificants nationwide, and DANB Certifications and Certificates of Competency are recognized or required in 38 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. For those dental assistants who meet the eligibility and exam requirements, DANB Certification may be earned in the areas of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and/or Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA). In addition to these two national certifications, DANB offers Certificates of Competency in Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and Infection Control (ICE). The RHS and ICE exams are components of the CDA exam, and ICE is also a component of the COA exam. Individuals may take these components separately in order to earn Certificates of Competency. Passing either or both of these exams demonstrates a dental assistant's competency in these two areas that are important to the health and safety of oral healthcare workers and patients alike.

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