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DANB launches entry-level program

February 02, 2015 The Dental Assisting National Board Inc. is launching a new entry-level certification program called National Entry Level Dental Assistant. Candidates have three years to pass three component exams: Radiation Health and Safety; Infection Control; and Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology.

"Dentists can encourage professional development among members of their dental team through a variety of programs, including DANB's NELDA program, which offers uncertified dental assistants a starting point for demonstrating their education, training and professional competence," said Dr. Joseph G. Unger, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice.

Candidates may be eligible to earn NELDA certification through one of three education pathways or one work experience pathway. More than 36,000 dental assistants are currently certified under the four national certifications DANB offers: Certified Dental Assistant; Certified Orthodontic Assistant; Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant; and Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant.  

"DANB's NELDA certification program is a new and an additional step on the career ladder, with its own unique eligibility pathways for those who do not yet qualify for DANB's full CDA certification," said Cindy Durley, DANB executive director.

To learn more about DANB exams and certifications, visit