Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The DANB Dental Assistant Certification

There are several dental assistant certifications that you can take. It is important though to check which ones are accepted in your state. You will also have to consider this if you need to move and practice in another state. Therefore, one of the better choices is to go for a DANB dental assistant certification, where DANB stands for Dental Assisting National Board. This is because DANB is a credible organization and its certificate is recognized by over 30 states.

In order to get your DANB certification, you need to become either CDA, i.e. Certified Dental Assistant or COA, i.e. Certified Orthodontic Assistant.

There are three parts of the certified dental assistant exam:

General Chairside (GC) Exam

  • 120 multiple choice questions
  • One hour duration
  • Examples of topics: chair side procedure, clinical data recording, lab materials, application of chair side detail materials 
  • Fee: $200

Radiation Health And Safety (RHS) 

  • 100 multiple choice questions 
  • One hour and 15 minutes duration
  • Examples of topics: radiation safety for both patient and operator, radiology process 
  • RHS certification is mandatory in many states
  • Fee: $190 (including a $50 non-refundable application fee)

Infection Control (ICE) Exam

  • 100 multiple-choice questions
  • Duration: one hour and 15 minutes
  • Examples of topics: preventing cross-contamination, sterilizing procedures, maintain aseptic conditions, dental health care education

The Certified Dental Assistant Exam In One Go

There is also the option to take one test for all three parts:
  • 320 multiple-choice questions
  • Duration: four hours
  • Fee: $375
It is important that you really prepare for the exam. Study the DANB site and go through exam blueprints in order to have the right expectations. The exam is not easy and even if you have just attended a dental assistant school, you should still treat the preparation phase very seriously.

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