DANB Recognizes COAs During National Orthodontic Health Month

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CHICAGO (October 14, 2010) – The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) is proud to recognize its nearly 1,400 Certified Orthodontic Assistants (COAs), in honor of National Orthodontic Health Month.  National Orthodontic Health Month takes place during the month of October and is sponsored by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).  The AAO supports research and education leading to quality patient care and promotes increased public awareness of the need for and benefits of orthodontic treatment.

DANB Certificants are dental professionals who enhance the dental team’s competency, efficiency, reputation and credibility. The benefits of DANB Certification include:
• Personal Pride
• Lifelong Learning
• Professional Advantage
• Recognition
• Greater Earning Power
• Career Advancement
• Enhanced Career Mobility
• Acknowledgment

DANBs exams are recognized or required in 37 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and Veterans Administration. Specifically, DANB’s COA Certification is recognized or required to perform expanded functions in Maryland, New Jersey and Oregon.

DANB’s COA exam is made up of two component exams:
• Orthodontic Assisting  (OA)
• Infection Control (ICE)

Candidates may take the full COA exam all at once or take and pass the component exams separately within a five year period to become DANB Certified.  There are no eligibility requirements to take the Infection Control (ICE) exam. Candidates receive a Certificate of Competency in Infection Control, after successfully passing the component exam. The Certificate of Competency in Infection Control meets specific state dental assisting requirements for infection control in Iowa, New York and North Dakota.

To take DANB’s COA examination, candidates must be eligible under one of four pathways. For more information about each of DANB’s eligibility pathways, visit www.danb.org.

DANB Certification is current for one year. To maintain Certification, DANB Certified Assistants must renew their certification annually. DANB’s Recertification Requirements include mandatory, current DANB-accepted CPR certification, completing at least 12 Continuing Dental Education (CDE) credits and paying an annual renewal fee.

For more information about National Orthodontic Health Month or the AAO, visit http://www.mylifemysmile.org/.
For more information about DANB’s COA exam or to download a 2010 COA Candidate Guide, 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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