DANB Releases New RHS Review Course

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CHICAGO (September 28, 2010) – The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) is proud to announce the release of its most recent e-learning program: DANB’s Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Review Course. Learners earn 12 DANB CDE credits for successful completion of the course. The estimated seat time to proceed once through the course is 12 hours.

DANB’s RHS Review Course was developed for dental assistants with varying degrees of dental radiography knowledge. The review course covers both conventional and digital dental radiation health and safety, basic anatomical landmarks, radiation biology and safety issues, elements of radiographic exposure equipment, errors encountered during radiographic exposure, radiographic labeling, and infection control techniques. Learners have access to DANB’s RHS Review Course for 90 days after purchase, allowing them to revisit topics and take notes before completing the post-course assessment.

“DANB is excited to provide additional e-learning courses to dental assistants, dental office managers and dental professionals,” says Executive Director Cindy Durley, M.Ed., MBA. “DANB’s RHS Review Course can be one of the tools used to prepare for the RHS component of the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam, or as CDE to meet DANB's Recertification Requirements.”

In January 2010, DANB launched its first two e-learning courses: DANB’s Conventional Dental Radiography Review Course and DANB’s Assessment-Based Certificate Program (ABCP): Accounts Receivable.

In spring 2011, DANB’s e-learning courses will be rebranded and launched through the Dental Auxiliary Learning and Education (DALE) Foundation. The DALE Foundation was incorporated in March 2010, as a DANB-affiliated, but separately incorporated nonprofit foundation. The DALE Foundation was formed to benefit the public by providing quality education and conducting sound research to promote oral health.

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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