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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) Use this version for exams taken before 3/31/22.

• Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Use this version for exams taken 4/1/22 or later.


Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification

General Chairside Assisting (GC) 

• Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Use this version for exams taken before 3/31/22.

• Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Use this version for exams taken 4/1/22 or later.

• Infection Control (ICE)


Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA) certification


Orthodontic Assisting (OA)

• Infection Control (ICE)


Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) certification

Coronal Polishing (CP)  

Sealants (SE)

Topical Fluoride (TF)  


Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA) certification

Impressions (IM)

Sealants (SE) 

Temporaries (TMP)

Restorative Functions (RF)


All DANB Exam Outlines

Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP)

Coronal Polishing (CP)

• General Chairside Assisting (GC)

• Infection Control (ICE)

• Impressions (IM)

• Orthodontic Assisting (OA)

Restorative Functions (RF) 

• Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Use this version for exams taken before 3/31/22.

• Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Use this version for exams taken 4/1/22 or later.

• Sealants (SE)

Topical Fluoride (TF) 

• Temporaries (TMP)