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Dental term glossary

A list of words and phrases associated with the world of dental assisting.

The DALE Foundation is pleased to provide you with a list of definitions of commonly used terms and acronyms used on this website, within the dental assisting profession, and during the DANB certification process. See our dental term glossary below.

Commonly Used Terms

ABCP

Accreditation

Applicant

Assessment Instruments

Candidate

CDA

CDPMA

Certificant

Certificate Holder

Certificate of Attendance or Participation

Certificate of Knowledge-Based Competency

Certificate Program

Certification

Certification Agency

Certification Board

COA

COMSA

Content Domains

Continuing Dental Education (CDE)

CPFDA

Credentialing

Credentials

Curriculum-Based Certificate

Cut Score

Discipline

Eligibility Requirements

Emeritus

Expanded Functions

Governing Committee

Grandfathering

High-Stakes Exam

Incorporation Status

Infection Control (ICE) Exam

Institute for Credentialing Excellence

Item

Item Bank

Item Type or Format

Job/Practice Analysis/Role Delineation Study

Knowledge-Based Certificate

Licensure

Membership Association

NCCA

Passing Score

PDEP

Performance Domains

Psychometrician

Psychometrics

Public Member

Publish

Recertification

Registration

RHS

Self-Assessment

Stakeholders

Standard

Task Analysis

Validity

 

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