This year, the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification. Earning and maintaining DANB certification has long been a great source of pride and a sign of commitment to lifelong learning among dental assistants.
The history of DANB certification dates back to 1948, when the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) identified the need for certification and founded the Certifying Board of the American Dental Assistants Association.
In 1978, the Certifying Board became incorporated as an organization separate from the ADAA. Then, in 1980, the Certifying Board changed its name to the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB).
Today, DANB offers five national certifications:
- National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA®)
- Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
- Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA)
- Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA)
- Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA)
Earning DANB certification is one of the most important steps dental assistants can take in their careers. DANB’s exams and certifications are recognized or required by 39 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many dental assistants say that earning DANB certification has helped them take charge of their personal and professional growth.
“As a DANB certificant, you receive respect and recognition from employers, peers and the public by demonstrating dedication to oral healthcare and to your career,” says Cynthia C. Durley, M.Ed., MBA, Executive Director of DANB and the DALE Foundation, the official affiliate of DANB. “Earning and maintaining DANB certification shows a personal and professional commitment to growth and enhances your contribution to the dental team.”
There are many benefits of CDA certification, such as increased knowledge, professional distinction and personal pride. Earning CDA certification is also known to boost dental assistants’ confidence, along with their salary. CDA certificants earn over $2 more per hour than those who are not DANB certified. To learn more about the benefits of CDA certification, visit DANB’s salary survey website.
For more information about DANB certification, visit www.danb.org.