General Chairside (GC) Exam

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DANB General Chairside Exam GC

The General Chairside (GC) exam is one of three components of DANB’s CDA® exam. The other two component exams are Radiation Health and Safety (RHS®) and Infection Control (ICE®). You may take the GC alone or as part of the full CDA test administration. If you take the GC exam by itself, you must pass the remaining two component exams within a five-year period to earn CDA certification.

DANB Step 1

Step One: Check Your Eligibility

To take the GC exam, you must be eligible under one of three pathways. All three pathways are described in detail on our exam eligibility requirements page.

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DANB Step 2

Step Two: Complete the Application and Submit the Fee

To apply for DANB’s GC exam, please download and review the CDA application packet, which includes the GC application. The fee for the GC exam is $250 (check the CDA application packet for exceptions). See the CDA application packet for complete information regarding application requirements and deadlines.

DANB’s CDA Application Packet (PDF) 

DANB Step 3

Step Three: Schedule and Take the Exam

Within four weeks after your exam application is received and processed, you will receive a notice from DANB that contains instructions on how to schedule your test. You can also refer to the CDA application packet to find out what to expect during and after the exam.

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