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DANB offering new certification program

July 15, 2013

By Kelly Soderlund, ADA News staff

The Dental Assisting National Board is offering a new certification program for dental assistants that will allow them to broaden their professional skills.

Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant is made up of six component exams: Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology; Impressions; Temporaries; Isolation; Sealants; and Restorative Functions. To earn the certification, dental assistants must pass all six exams within three years.

There are eligibility requirements for the restorative functions exam and for earning and maintaining the certification as a whole. Earning the certification will not only put dental assistants in a better spot professionally but it will help them meet any requirements set forth in their state. To continue to use the certification, dental assistants must meet annual DANB recertification requirements, including holding a current CPR, basic life support or advanced cardiovascular life support certificate and completing at least 12 hours of continuing education.

“There are many states that require some type of examination, a certain amount of clinical experience and basic knowledge in order for a dental assistant to do restorative functions,” said Dr. Frank Maggio, DANB board chair. “Some dental assistants will be interested in this certification because it's a requirement in their respective state. Others will enroll because they want to advance their career in dental assisting.”

The first certifications were issued in January, and there are currently dental assistants working in 26 states who have earned the new certification.

To learn more about this certification, visit the “Exams and Certifications” section of DANB's website or call 800.367.3262.