National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA)

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NELDA

DANB’s NELDA certification consists of three component exams:

  • Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP)
  • Infection Control (ICE)
  • Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)

Additional Information

The price for the NELDA exam is $375. After passing the NELDA exam, you must meet eligibility requirements to earn NELDA certification. You can find more exam eligibility requirement details below.

Exam Eligibility Requirements

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

NELDA Application Packet (PDF)

DANB NELDA Exam Study Materials

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

NELDA 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 NELDA exam.

DANB RHS Practice Test
DANB RHS Review 

DANB ICE Practice Test
DANB ICE Review

DANB AMP Practice Test
DANB AMP Review

NELDA Component Exams

  • Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP)

    The Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) exam is one of three components of the NELDA exam. Successful completion of the AMP exam leads to a certificate of knowledge-based competency. Following are details about the AMP exam:

    • 105 multiple-choice questions
    • 80 minutes testing time
    • $225 exam fee
    • No eligibility requirements apply

    Go to the AMP Exam Page

  • Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)

    The RHS exam is one of three components of the NELDA exam. This exam can be taken at the same time as the other two component exams, on its own or together with the ICE exam for a reduced cost. Successful completion of the RHS exam leads to a certificate of knowledge-based competency. Following are details about the RHS exam:

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

    Go to the RHS Exam Page

  • Infection Control (ICE)

    The ICE exam is one of three components of the NELDA exam. It can be taken at the same time as the other two component exams, on its own, or together with the RHS exam for a reduced cost. Successful completion of the ICE exam leads to a certificate of knowledge-based competency. 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