DANB Offers RHS ICE Combination Exam

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CHICAGO (May 5, 2010) - The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) is now offering candidates the opportunity to take the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam and Infection Control (ICE) exam together during the same test administration for $220. This reduced fee represents a cost savings of $80 as compared to taking each exam during two separate administrations.

The RHS and ICE exams have no eligibility requirements, and are two of the three component exams of the national DANB Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam. The third component, the General Chairside (GC) exam, does have education or work experience eligibility requirements. To earn the CDA Certification mark, a dental assistant must pass all three component exams within a five-year period.

“DANB is very excited to offer the RHS/ICE component exam combination at a cost savings to candidates. It is a great way for candidates who have passed the GC exam to take the RHS/ICE components and become DANB Certified,” explains Johnna Gueorguieva, Director, Testing and Measurement. “Or, candidates can opt to take the RHS/ICE component exams first, and then take the GC exam once they have met the eligibility requirements.”

The RHS exam has been administered for more than 25 years and is currently recognized or required to meet radiography requirements in 29 states. Those who have passed the RHS exam are knowledgeable about the guidelines set by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The ICE exam is a component of the Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) exam as well as the CDA exam. DANB’s ICE exam is specifically required in three states, and is part of dental assisting requirements for those 29 states that recognize the CDA or COA exams. DANB’s ICE exam assesses competency in infection control and occupational safety, reflecting knowledge of many national standards, among them OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, and the CDC’s Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care Settings.

DANB exams are currently recognized or required in 37 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Veterans Administration. Pearson VUE testing centers administer the computer-based DANB exams year-round.

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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