Special Administration of DANB CDA Exam at ODA Annual Session

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CHICAGO (July 14, 2010) – The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) is proud to offer a special administration of DANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam at the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) Annual Session. This year, DANB’s CDA exam will be administered on September 25, 2010. Complete applications, including exam fee and all required exam eligibility documentation, must be postmarked or faxed to DANB no later than August 31, 2010 to be considered for this special exam administration.

Dental assistants who are interested in taking DANB’s CDA exam on September 25 during the ODA Annual Session may obtain the ODA CDA exam application by calling 1-800-FOR-DANB or downloading one from DANB’s website.

DANB is recognized by the American Dental Association as the national testing and certification organization for dental assistants. The Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) recognizes DANB exams as meeting state requirements for Ohio dental assistants. DANB CDAs are qualified to expose radiographs, after also applying to the OSDB for certification as a Dental Assistant Radiographer. Additionally, current DANB CDAs are qualified to enroll in OSDB-approved coronal polishing or pit and fissure sealant courses, meeting partial requirements to perform these functions in Ohio. Earning and maintaining DANB CDA Certification is one way for dental assistants to meet state requirements to move up the career ladder.

Dental assistants who attend the ODA Annual Session benefit from the opportunity to attend a refresher course on Ohio certification the day before the CDA exam administration. The course, “CDA Test Review and Descriptions,” is taught by Paula Oliver, CDA, COPMA, CODA, and will be held on Friday, September 24. While candidates may find this course to be helpful, DANB does not require or endorse any particular review course. Dental assistants may register for the course (course code F28), and for the ODA Annual Session, by visiting www.oda.org

DANB will be exhibiting at the ODA annual meeting, so a DANB staff member will be available to answer any questions about DANB and dental assisting certification throughout the meeting. 

DANB held the first administration of the CDA exam at the ODA Annual Session three years ago, and tested two candidates. In 2008, nine candidates tested, and last year, an all-time high of 12 candidates tested. Because of increasing demand, DANB and the ODA have agreed again this year to reserve 20 spots to test at a local Pearson VUE computerized testing center. DANB hopes to see a continued increase in candidates who take advantage of this special opportunity.

“The collaboration between DANB and the ODA has brought tremendous benefits to both organizations, as well as to Ohio dental assistants and dentists,” DANB Executive Director Cindy Durley, MEd, MBA says. “By supporting DANB Certification, members of the ODA are working to ensure that their assistants meet national dental assisting competency standards, and demonstrate their commitment to lifelong learning.”

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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