DANB CDPMA Exam to be Discontinued

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CHICAGO (May 7, 2008) - The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) will discontinue administration of the current Certified Dental Practice Management Administrator (CDPMA) exam as of May 31, 2008, in order to evaluate the possibility of updating the exam to more accurately reflect current practice managers' responsibilities.

Last year, in conjunction with the American Dental Assistants Association and the American Association of Dental Office Managers, DANB conducted focus groups with dental team members employed as dental office managers, many of whom hold the CDPMA credential. DANB learned that the scope of the CDPMA role is expanding, with many managers entering the field with strong business backgrounds, rather than dental backgrounds.

As a result of these findings along with the analysis of CDPMA exam results, DANB determined that the current CDPMA exam content coverage might not reflect the practice of many if not most dental practice managers today. Therefore, the administration of the CDPMA examination will be discontinued during DANB's content validation study of this aspect of dental office practice. Applications to take the current CDPMA exam must be postmarked or faxed by May 31, 2008. Applications received after May 31 will not be accepted.

The current CDPMA credential is not affected by this change. CDPMAs can still annually renew their credential by meeting DANB's Recertification Requirements (12 hours of Continuing Dental Education, holding current DANB-accepted CPR certification and submitting the renewal fee). After June 1, 2008, reinstatement of a lapsed CDPMA certification will only be possible if the credential has lapsed for less than one year.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies accredits DANB's certification programs as meeting the highest standards of validity, reliability and objectivity. "DANB takes great pride in its national dental assisting certification exam programs," said DANB Executive Director Cynthia C. Durley. "By re-evaluating the CDPMA credential, DANB is proactively working to assure the value and integrity of DANB's certification programs."


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