DANB — The National Certification Board

DANB is the national certification board for dental assistants.

About DANB

Supporting the dental community for over 70 years

The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) began in 1948 to provide professional certification for dental assistants. DANB's mission is to promote the public good by providing credentialing services to the dental community.

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) and Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA). In addition to these national certifications, DANB offers certificates of knowledge-based competency in Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), Infection Control (ICE), Coronal Polishing (CP), Sealants (SE), Topical Anesthetic (TA), Topical Fluoride (TF), Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP), Impressions (IM), Temporaries (TMP) and Isolation (IS).

DANB certifications and certificates of knowledge-based competency are recognized by or required in 37 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. There are currently more than 37,000 DANB certificants nationwide.

DANB further supports the dental community through its affiliation with the DALE Foundation. The DALE Foundation was incorporated on March 17, 2010, as a nonprofit education and research foundation, with DANB as its sole member. Although DANB and the DALE Foundation work closely together, they are separate organizations. For more information about DANB, please visit danb.org.

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