DANB Publishes 2012 Application Packets

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CHICAGO (January 5, 2012) – The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) has published the 2012 editions of its exam application packets and Recertification Requirements.

DANB’s 2012 exam application packets are more user-friendly, with a new look to help easily identify the packet you need. Additionally, the packets are easier to navigate and more environmentally friendly, with 14 percent fewer pages.

Currently, DANB offers three national certifications:

  • Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
  • Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA)
  • Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA)

Visit the Exams & Certifications section to learn more about DANB certification and to download applications.

If you’re looking for materials to review for DANB exams, the DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate, offers a variety of e-learning courses and study aids. You can select from review courses, such as the DANB RHS Review and the DANB ICE Review. Or, choose a study aid, like the Glossary of Dental Terms or the DANB RHS Practice Test.

Later this month, the DALE Foundation will offer two new products to round out its offerings: the DANB GC Review Part I and the DANB ICE Practice Test. To learn more about these review materials or the DALE Foundation, visit www.dalefoundation.org.

When economic times are tough, arming yourself with professional certification and dental assisting knowledge is a winning career move. If you already hold DANB certification, be sure that you renew by earning Continuing Dental Education (CDE) credits and maintaining current CPR certification.

DANB’s 2012 Recertification Requirements feature streamlined CDE categories to make certification renewal a simpler process.

You can earn CDE credits from a variety of sources, including attending hands-on seminars, participating in workshops, reading clinical materials and volunteering. “There’s so much to learn in the dental field — it’s constantly changing,” says Michelle Ashley, CDA, CPFDA, RDH, B.H.S. “That’s why it’s so important to stay current with your certification and continuing education.”

The DALE Foundation’s courses are another great resource for earning CDE. The DANB RHS Review and the DANB ICE Review are each worth 12 CDE credits upon successful completion. You can also earn CDE in office management topics by completing the DALE Foundation’s Accounts Receivable for the Dental Office course and HR Fundamentals for the Dental Office course.


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 34,000 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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