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DANB CDA Dental Assisting Student Exam Blueprints

DANB’s exam outlines list the topics covered on each exam. You can use these outlines to help create your study plan. Download free outlines by clicking on the links below.

Note: 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 outline.

Exam Outlines and Suggested References

Exam Outlines by DANB certification. Exams can be taken separately or in combination.

National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification
Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP)  
Infection Control (ICE)
Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)

Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification
General Chairside Assisting (GC) 
• Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)
• Infection Control (ICE)

Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) certification
Orthodontic Assisting (OA)
• Infection Control (ICE)

Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) certification
Coronal Polish (CP)  
Sealants (SE)
Topical Fluoride (TF)  

Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA) certification
Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) 
Impressions (IM)
Isolation (IS)
Sealants (SE) 
Temporaries (TMP)
Restorative Functions (RF)

All DANB Exam Outlines

Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) 
Coronal Polish (CP)
• General Chairside Assisting (GC)
• Infection Control (ICE)
• Impressions (IM)
• Isolation (IS)
• Orthodontic Assisting (OA)
Restorative Functions (RF) 
• Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)
• Sealants (SE)
Topical Anesthetic (TA) 
Topical Fluoride (TF) 
• Temporaries (TMP)