DANB to Offer Special RHS Exam Administration at MDA Annual Meeting

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CHICAGO (March 31, 2010) – The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) will hold a special administration of its Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam in Missoula in conjunction with the Montana Dental Association Annual Meeting, April 28-30 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula.

The Montana Board of Dentistry (MBD) recognizes passing DANB’s RHS exam as one way to meet state requirements for Montana dental assistants who wish to legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiography procedures in this state. Dental assistants who are interested in taking this special administration of the RHS exam at the MDA Annual Meeting should contact Kate Slagoski, DANB’s Senior Coordinator, Testing and Measurement, directly at 1-800-FOR-DANB, ext. 452 in order to obtain an RHS exam application for these special testing dates. Up to 16 qualified RHS exam applicants will be accepted.

Complete RHS exam applications (including $150 exam fee paid by credit card) must be received by e-mail or fax, no later than April 16, 2010. Only those candidates who applied in advance and were pre-registered by DANB will be eligible to test on this date. There will be no on-site registration.

The exam will be administered on Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Candidates will be assigned a testing date/time based on the next available testing appointment. The RHS exam will be administered on computer at secure and proctored Pearson VUE Testing Center (VTC) in Missoula at the University of Montana, located 5.5 miles from the MDA convention site.

“DANB is excited to be able to offer this special administration of the RHS exam to dental assistants in Montana,” DANB’s Executive Director Cindy Durley said. “One of DANB’s strategic priorities is increasing the accessibility of exams. We believe that offering the RHS exam during the MDA Annual Meeting gives dental assistants additional opportunities to take the RHS exam and meet state requirements, while enjoying speakers and other events offered during the 2010 MDA Annual Meeting.”

To help dental assistants to prepare, DANB offers review materials, including an interactive, online e-learning course, DANB’s Conventional Dental Radiography Review Course, which can be purchased through DANB's Web site, and two publications: the DANB Review and DANB's Glossary of Dental Assisting Terms.

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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