DANB releases 2016 editions of state publications

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To help dental professionals and state dental boards stay informed, the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) has updated its state resources — the search-by-state map featured on the DANB website and the print editions of its state publications.

The search-by-state tool features comprehensive information on each state’s requirements for dental assistants, including job titles, recognition of DANB exams, and allowed and prohibited dental assisting functions. Additionally, users can find each state’s dental practice act in the Dental Community section of DANB’s website.

In addition to these online resources, DANB has also published updated state dental assisting information in the 2016 editions of its state publications:

  • DANB’s 2016 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 2016 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.

Currently, DANB exams are recognized or required by 39 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, dental assisting requirements vary from state to state, and there are more than 40 different job titles for dental assistants. As a result, comparing dental assisting requirements across states can be challenging.

“Dental professionals and state regulators need access to the most up-to-date information on dental assisting regulations and requirements,” says DANB Executive Director Cynthia Durley, M.Ed., MBA. “DANB’s state publications provide that information in one easy-to-access, accurate, updated resource.”

While visitors to DANB’s website can access much of the state 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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