DANB to Administer CDA Exam at ODA Annual Session

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CHICAGO (June 16, 2009) – The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) will hold a special administration of its Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam in Columbus on August 29, 2009. The computerized exam administration will be held in conjunction with the Ohio Dental Association Annual Session, August 27-30 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The special CDA Exam Candidate Guide for the Ohio administration can be downloaded from DANB's website. Completed applications submitted with exam eligibility documentation, signature and fees, must be postmarked or faxed to DANB no later than Friday, July 31. Up to 20 qualified CDA exam applicants will be accepted, on a first-come, first-served basis. The ODA will provide free transportation from the convention center to the computerized testing center.

The DANB CDA exam is one of two avenues to meet Ohio state requirements for dental assistant certification to perform certain functions under direct supervision, and for entry into coursework leading to the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) designation in Ohio. Last year, nine candidates tested, eight of whom are DANB Certified Dental Assistants today, and DANB expects an even greater turnout this year.

"The DANB/ODA collaboration has brought benefits to both organizations, as well as to Ohio dental assistants and dentists," explains DANB Executive Director Cindy Durley, MEd, MBA. "By supporting DANB Certification, members of the ODA are working to ensure that their assistants meet national dental assisting competency standards, and demonstrate their commitment to lifelong learning."

Paula Oliver, CDA, CDPMA, CODA, will lead a refresher course on Ohio dental assisting certification at the Annual Session on Friday, August 28. The course provides an overview of the various available paths to dental assisting certification in Ohio and provides an overview of the exams meeting Ohio certification requirements.

DANB will be exhibiting at the ODA Annual Session, and staff will be available to answer questions during the meeting.

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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