Certified Dental Assistant

Passing the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) exam is a milestone achievement. Learn about the exam requirements, how to apply, how to prepare, and what to expect on exam day.
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Important Information

The CDA exam includes the RHS, ICE and GC exams taken together. These resources will help you apply and prepare for the exam.

CDA Application Packet

Candidate Handbook

GC Exam Outline and References

ICE Exam Outline and References

RHS Exam Outline and References

Study Materials

CDA Work Experience Form

Parent/Guardian Consent Form

Timeline & Requirements

TEST WINDOW

60 DAYS

TEST TIME

195 MINUTES

TEST QUESTIONS

255 QUESTIONS

Eligibility Requirements & Pathways

Pathway I

  • Graduation from a CODA-accredited dental assisting or dental hygiene program,
  • Current hands-on CPR, BLS or ACLS from a DANB-accepted provider

Pathway II

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3,500 hours of approved work experience
  • Current hands-on CPR, BLS or ACLS from a DANB-accepted provider

Pathway III

  • Former DANB CDA status, or graduation from or enrollment in a CODA-accredited DDS or DMD program, or graduation from a dental degree program outside the U.S. or Canada, or graduation from or enrollment in a post-baccalaureate program affiliated with a U.S. or Canadian dental school on DANB’s list of accepted post baccalaureate programs
  • Current hands-on CPR, BLS or ACLS from a DANB-accepted provider

Testing Options

Test Center

Read about what to expect when you take your exam in-person at a test center.

DALE Foundation Study Materials

CDA Exam Prep Bundle

This complete package includes all the practice tests and review courses for DANB’s CDA exam.

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CDA Review Courses

Study for DANB’s CDA exam with four comprehensive review courses, all part of this discounted bundle.

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CDA Practice Tests

Prepare for DANB’s CDA exam with all three practice tests together in one cost-saving package.

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