DANB and the DALE Foundation partner with Temple University

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The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) has partnered with Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry on a first-of-its-kind post-baccalaureate program for aspiring dental students. The program includes an innovative combination of dental assisting training and practice, as well as advanced translational science courses.

During this program, the Kornberg School of Dentistry collaborated with Harcum College’s dental assisting faculty in developing the dental assisting curriculum, as well as with DANB and the DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate. The goal of the post-baccalaureate program is to provide students who are interested in studying dentistry an opportunity to advance their education and improve their admission application for dental school.

The program began in June 2015 and students will complete the program May 2016. After successfully completing the program, students who meet the admission requirements will be admitted to Temple University’s Doctor of Dental Medicine program. 

“We accepted 40 students in this inaugural class, which exceeded our admissions goals,” says Jo Ann Allen Nyquist, B.S.D.H., M.A., Ed.S., Associate Dean for Student Affairs and director of the program. “Our hope is that students are not only competitive when seeking admission into dental school, but also well prepared for clinical dental education through the new curriculum elements offered.”

In addition to traditional classroom lecture and clinical hours, the program includes unique elements offered by DANB and the DALE Foundation. All students will have access to the DALE Foundation’s review courses and study aids, which are designed to help them prepare for DANB’s Radiation Health and Safety (RHS); Infection Control (ICE); and Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) exams — which make up the exam components of DANB’s National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification program. Students must pass the DANB exams in order to be allowed to assist the dental students on the clinic floor.

“We are excited to work with Temple University to provide DALE Foundation resources and DANB exams to the students enrolled in this new post-baccalaureate program,” says Cindy Durley, M.Ed., MBA, Executive Director of DANB and the DALE Foundation. “Because the DALE Foundation’s materials are available online, students can access them outside the classroom to supplement the in-person lectures and labs. Passing these three DANB exams demonstrates baseline knowledge of concepts in key subjects that provide the foundation for dental school curricula and patient safety.”

To date, all of the students have passed the DANB exams and will be eligible to earn DANB’s NELDA certification after they meet the work experience and other requirements.

“We have seen our students perform very effectively in their lab work, which we believe is a direct result of the additional materials provided by the DALE Foundation and DANB,” says Ms. Nyquist. “Even at this early stage, we believe the program is a success and plan to offer it again next year.”


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