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DANB CDA Dental Assisting Student Exam Blueprints

DANB’s exams do not correspond directly to any specific textbook or dental assisting program. Instead, they are based on an analysis of the duties commonly performed in actual dental assisting practice, which is called a content validation study. This study serves as the basis for what DANB calls the exam blueprint. The exam blueprint outlines all of the possible topics on a specific exam. Download free exam blueprints by clicking on the links below.

Certification Exam Blueprints

Certification exam blueprints and suggested references for DANB’s five certifications. For individual component exam blueprints, see next section.

National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) Exam Blueprint (PDF)
Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Exam Blueprint (PDF) 
Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) Exam Blueprint (PDF)
Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) Exam Blueprint (PDF)
Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA) Exam Blueprint (PDF)

Exam Blueprints

Individual exam blueprints and suggested references.

2018 Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) Exam (Use this version if testing before 1/1/19.)
2019 Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) Exam (Use this version if testing after 1/1/19.)
2018 Coronal Polish (CP) Exam (Use this version if testing before 1/1/19.)
2019 Coronal Polish (CP) Exam (Use this version if testing after 1/1/19.)
2018 General Chairside Assisting (GC) Exam (Use this version if testing before 1/1/19.)
2019 General Chairside Assisting (GC) Exam (Use this version if testing after 1/1/19.)
Infection Control (ICE) Exam
Impressions (IM) Exam
Isolation (IS) Exam
Orthodontic Assisting (OA) Exam 
Restorative Functions (RF) Exam
Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam
RHS/ICE Exam
2018 Sealants (SE) Exam (Use this version if testing before 1/1/19.)
2019 Sealants (SE) Exam (Use this version if testing after 1/1/19.)
Topical Anesthetic (TA) Exam
2018 Topical Fluoride (TF) Exam (Use this version if testing before 1/1/19.)
2019 Topical Fluoride (TF) Exam (Use this version if testing after 1/1/19.)
Temporaries (TMP) Exam
New York Infection Control (NYI) Exam
New York Radiation Health and Safety (NYR) Exam

Taking DANB’s RHS and ICE Exams?

DANB’s RHS and ICE exams are two components of the NELDA and CDA exam. Now you can take them together and save $175 over the cost of taking each test separately.

RHS/ICE Exam for CDA (PDF)
RHS/ICE Exam for NELDA (PDF)