How to Earn Your Dental Assistant Certification
Many dental assistants wonder how to get a dental assistant certification. It’s important to note that there’s only one way to earn a national dental assisting certification – and that’s through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). DANB is the national certification board for dental assistants.
Earning DANB certification can boost your career in many ways. First of all, DANB 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. So, if you ever plan to work in another state, holding DANB certification can help you out.
Earning and maintaining DANB certification can also lead to greater personal pride, increased dental assistant salary, employer recognition, and more! To learn about all the benefits of DANB certification, visit DANB’s “Why Certify with DANB?” page or see the results of DANB’s Salary Survey to learn how much a dental assistant makes.
So now that you’ve decided to earn DANB certification, you may be asking yourself, now what?
The next step is to decide where you are in your career, and what DANB certification is right for you.
DANB’s most popular and widely recognized certification is the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification. DANB’s CDA certification is made up of three component exams: General Chairside Assisting (GC), Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and Infection Control (ICE). Visit DANB’s CDA certification page to learn more.
If you’re just starting out in your career, DANB’s National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification may be right for you. Or, if you are interested in preventive or restorative functions, consider DANB’s Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA) or Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA) certifications.
Whatever route you take, the DALE Foundation has the study guides to help you prepare for exam day. Visit our product catalog to learn about our review courses and practice tests.