DANB Updates State Resources for Dental Assistants

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The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) has updated its online search-by-state map with the latest state dental assisting requirements.

The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) has updated the "Meet State Requirements" section of its website with the latest state dental assisting requirements.

“Navigating state requirements can be difficult, since they vary state by state,” says DANB Executive Director Cindy Durley, M.Ed., MBA. “The ‘Meet State Requirements’ section of DANB’s website has a wealth of information about the dental assisting requirements for each state, plus contact information for the state dental boards.”

DANB also published the updated state dental assisting information in the 2015 editions of its state publications:

DANB’s 2015 State Career Ladder Templates for Dental Assistants features easy-to-use charts with information on each state's requirements and career opportunities for dental assistants. Each state chart highlights job designations; education, exam and training requirements; allowable functions; non-delegable functions; and levels of supervision required in each state.

DANB’s 2015 State Fact Booklet provides a synopsis of current state requirements and excerpts from state dental practice acts related specifically to the dental assistant, as well as dental board contact information, the number of DANB certificants in each state, comparative salary information, information on expanded functions and radiography requirements, general dental assistant-related information on anesthesia and sedation regulations, and a list of Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-accredited dental assisting programs.

Although each state has different dental assisting requirements, DANB exams and certifications are recognized or required in 38 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“DANB’s state publications are a great resource for dental professionals or state legislators who are looking for the latest information on dental assisting regulations and requirements — all in one place,” Durley explains.

While visitors to DANB's website can download much of this information at no cost, those who wish to obtain print copies can order them from DANB for a fee. To place an order for the publications, download the order form at http://www.danb.org. or call 1-800-367-3262.

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DANB is recognized by the American Dental Association as the national certification board for dental assistants. DANB's certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Currently, there are more than 36,000 DANB certificants nationwide, and DANB exams are recognized or required by 38 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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