DANB updates state resources for dental assistants

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The Meet State Requirements section of DANB’s website now features the latest state dental assisting requirements. 

“Navigating state requirements can be difficult, since they vary state by state,” said DANB Executive Director Cindy Durley, M.Ed., MBA. “The ‘Meet State Requirements’ section of DANB’s website has a wealth of information about the dental assisting requirements for each state, plus contact information for the state dental boards.”

DANB also published the updated state dental assisting information in the 2015 editions of its state publications:

  • DANB’s 2015 State Career Ladder Templates for Dental Assistants features easy-to-use charts with information on each state's requirements and career opportunities for dental assistants. Each state chart highlights job designations; education, exam and training requirements; allowable functions; non-delegable functions; and levels of supervision required in each state. 
  • DANB’s 2015 State Fact Booklet provides a synopsis of current state requirements and excerpts from state dental practice acts related specifically to the dental assistant, as well as dental board contact information, the number of DANB certificants in each state, comparative salary information, information on expanded functions and radiography requirements, general dental assistant-related information on anesthesia and sedation regulations, and a list of Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-accredited dental assisting programs.

Although each state has different dental assisting requirements, DANB exams and certifications are recognized or required in 38 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“DANB’s state publications are a great resource for dental professionals or state legislators who are looking for the latest information on dental assisting regulations and requirements — all in one place,” Durley explained.

While visitors to DANB's website can download much of this information at no cost, those who wish to obtain print copies can order them from DANB for a fee. To place an order for the publications, download the order form or call 1-800-367-3262. 

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