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What is the DANB?

The DANB (Dental Assisting National Board) is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides certification and credentialing for dental assistants in the United States. It sets national standards for dental assisting knowledge and skills and offers various certifications to dental assistants who meet the established requirements.

Here are some key points about DANB:

  1. Certification Examinations: DANB offers several certification examinations for dental assistants. The most widely recognized certification is the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) credential, which requires passing three component exams: General Chairside Assisting (GC), Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), and Infection Control (ICE). The CDA certification demonstrates competency in general chairside assisting, radiography, and infection control.
  2. State-Specific Examinations: In addition to the CDA certification, DANB offers state-specific examinations to meet certain state requirements. These examinations assess the knowledge and skills necessary for dental assistants to practice within the legal and regulatory framework of specific states.
  3. Continuing Education: DANB promotes lifelong learning and continuing education for dental assistants. It offers various resources, including webinars, workshops, and online courses, to help dental assistants stay updated with current practices and maintain their certifications.
  4. Dental Assistant Registry: DANB maintains a registry of dental assistants who hold DANB certifications. This registry provides a way for employers and the public to verify a dental assistant’s credentials and qualifications.
  5. Professional Development: DANB supports dental assistants in their professional development and advancement within the field. It offers resources for career guidance, job postings, and networking opportunities to help dental assistants explore and pursue career pathways.
  6. Standards and Guidelines: DANB develops and promotes national standards and guidelines for dental assisting education, ethics, and professional conduct. These standards ensure a consistent level of competency and professionalism among dental assistants.
  7. Collaboration and Recognition: DANB collaborates with various dental organizations, state dental boards, and educational institutions to advance the dental assisting profession. It also works to gain recognition and acceptance of its certifications and credentialing programs by dental professionals, employers, and regulatory bodies.

It’s important to note that DANB certifications are voluntary and not legally required to work as a dental assistant in all states. However, earning DANB certifications can enhance career opportunities, demonstrate competence, and potentially lead to increased earning potential for dental assistants. We recommend that our graduates take the DANB after they have fulfilled the 3,000 hour experience requirements.

For specific information about DANB’s certifications, eligibility requirements, and examination processes, it is recommended to visit the official DANB website or contact DANB directly.

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