DANB Releases E-Learning Courses

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CHICAGO (January 8, 2010) – The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) launched its first online e-learning courses this week. The offerings include an online review course in conventional dental radiography and an assessment-based certificate program (ABCP) in accounts receivable. ABCPs are based on specific education components and contain a post-course assessment.

DANB's Conventional Dental Radiography Review Course
DANB's Conventional Dental Radiography Review Course was developed for chairside assistants or dental assisting students who have some background in dental radiography, and a basic understanding of dental radiography vocabulary and general dental assisting duties. The interactive review course covers basic radiation biology concepts, radiographic processing and exposure, mounting and labeling procedures, infection control techniques and quality assurance procedures.

DANB's ABCP: Accounts Receivable
Designed for dental office managers, dental assistants and receptionists, DANB's ABCP: Accounts Receivable is an interactive professional development course covering accounts receivable topics for the dental office. During the online course, participants learn about accounts receivable, develop dental practice financial policy and financial agreement templates for the employer's consideration, demonstrate knowledge of payment methods and billing stages, and enhance their communications skills in the area of accounts receivable. DANB's ABCP: Accounts Receivable is accessible for ninety days after purchase, allowing learners to revisit topics and take notes before completing the post-course assessment.

"We are very excited to launch DANB's e-learning courses," said DANB's Executive Director Cindy Durley, MEd, MBA. "They are accessible, affordable courses and provide dental assistants and dental office managers with engaging career development opportunities."

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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