Air Force Dental Assistants Take DANB ICE Exam

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CHICAGO (March 20, 2009) -- The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) and the Air Force Dental Service (AFDS) are underway in their collaboration on the administration of DANB's Infection Control (ICE) exam. DANB's contract with the AFDS went into effect at the end of last year, and more than 40 candidates in the Air Force dental technical training program have since passed the exam and earned Certificates of Competency in Infection Control. The exam is administered once a month at Sheppard Air Force base in Texas.

By delivering DANB exams within the AFDS dental technician curriculum, the Air Force gains an independent verification of dental technician knowledge of federal infection control and occupational safety requirements and related national guidelines. This collaborative relationship also provides AFDS dental technicians with the opportunity to earn national DANB Certificates of Competency.

Earning a DANB Certificate of Competency in Infection Control can lead to a professional Certification - either Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) or Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) - for those who pass the required component exams. In addition, earning a Certificate of Competency in Infection Control and working toward DANB Certification helps military personnel meet civilian dental assisting requirements in a number of states and plan ahead for a smooth transition from military life to a rewarding civilian career.

DANB exams are required or recognized by 38 states as meeting dental assistant requirements. The ICE exam is specifically recognized or required for dental assistants working in Iowa, North Dakota, and New York and as a component of the CDA, required or recognized in 29 other states. Effective October 1, 2009, DANB will also begin to administer the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam to AFDS students. The RHS exam has been in existence for more than 25 years, and is currently required or recognized as meeting radiology requirements in 31 states.

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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