DANB's Online HR Fundamentals Course

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CHICAGO (Feb. 23, 2011) - The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) has released a new online professional development course covering human resources for general and specialty dental practices. DANB’s Assessment-Based Certificate Program (ABCP): HR Fundamentals is an interactive e-learning course designed for dental office managers, dental assistants, receptionists and hygienists. Dentists with varying degrees of knowledge in human resources of the dental office may also benefit from taking this course.

The course costs $100, and learners who successfully complete the post-course assessment are able to print a certificate of completion and earn 6 DANB Continuing Dental Education (CDE) credits.

The course covers topics such as planning for current and future staff, and analyzing staffing needs as they relate to office structure and developing clear job descriptions. Other important subjects include identifying legal human resources issues, recognizing components in the interviewing and hiring process, identifying elements of employee benefit and compensation plans, and more. Learners will be able to apply these concepts and obtain resources to use in their dental practices.

“Human resources management is a critical component to running a successful dental practice,” notes Kathy Stack, Assistant Director, Education. “Proper human resources management can increase a dental practice’s bottom line, as well as improve overall patient care. We are pleased to deliver this important online course for the dental team.”

For members of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM), DANB’s ABCPs will also meet some of the requirements for fellowship in AADOM.

DANB’s ABCP: HR Fundamentals is DANB’s fourth online course. DANB’s Conventional Dental Radiography Review Course and DANB’s ABCP: Accounts Receivable launched in January 2010, and DANB’s RHS Review Course debuted in September 2010.

In spring 2011, DANB’s e-learning courses will be rebranded and launched through the Dental Auxiliary Learning and Education Foundation (The 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.

To place an order for the publications, download the order form or call 1-800-367-3262.

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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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