Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA)

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DANB Certified Orthodontic Assistant COA

DANB’s COA exam consists of two component exams: 

  • Orthodontic Assisting (OA)
  • Infection Control (ICE)

Additional Information

The price for the COA exam is $425. You must meet eligibility requirements to take the COA exam. You can find more exam eligibility requirement details below.

Exam Eligibility Requirements

DANB’s COA Application Packet can be used if you would like to submit your application via mail or fax.

COA Application Packet (PDF)

DANB COA Exam Study Materials

DANB’s COA exam blueprint outlines the topics covered on DANB’s COA exam. You can use the blueprint to help create your study plan.

COA Exam Blueprint (PDF)

DALE Foundation Review Courses

The DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate, offers review courses and practice tests to help prepare for the DANB COA exam.

DANB ICE Practice Test
DANB ICE Review

DANB OA Practice Test

COA Component Exams

  • Orthodontic Assisting (OA)

    DANB’s OA exam can be taken at the same time as the ICE exam or on its own. Further information, as well as COA and OA applications, is included in the COA application packet. Following are details about the OA exam:

    • 210 multiple-choice questions
    • 2 ¾ hours testing time
    • $300 stand-alone exam fee
    • Eligibility requirements apply

    Go to the OA Exam Page

  • Infection Control (ICE)

    DANB’s ICE exam can be taken at the same time as the OA component exam or on its own. Successful completion of the ICE exam leads to a certificate of knowledge-based competency. The COA and ICE exam applications are included in the COA application packet. Following are details about the ICE exam:

    • 100 multiple-choice questions
    • 1 ¼ hours testing time
    • $250 stand-alone exam fee
    • No eligibility requirements apply

    Go to the ICE Exam Page

"How Can I Prepare?"

Taking an exam can be stressful, so we provide as many tools as possible to help you be ready for the big day. To learn more, visit our Prepare for DANB Exams page.

Exam Preparation