There are three (3) Dental Assistant National Certification Exams available to students who successfully complete this program, all of which are provided by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Each exam is a component of the National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification:
Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam
The RHS Exam consists of 100 questions, with an allowable time of 75 minutes. The four knowledge domains assessed within the exam are: Expose and Evaluate (26%), Quality Assurance and Radiology Regulations (21%), Radiation Safety for Patients and Operators (31%), and Infection Control (22%).
Infection Control Exam (ICE) Exam
The ICE Exam consists of 100 questions, with an allowable time of 75 minutes. The four knowledge domains assessed within the exam are: Standard Precautions and the Prevention of Disease Transmission (20%), Prevention of Cross-Contamination During Procedures (34%), Instrument/Device Processing (26%), and Occupational Safety/Administrative Protocols (20%).
Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) Exam
The ICE Exam consists of 105 questions, with an allowable time of 75 Minutes. The two knowledge domains assessed within the exam are: Head, Neck and Oral Cavity (40%) and Tooth Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (60%).
Graduates who have obtained these certifications may be allowed to perform expanded functions such as processing x-rays and a variety of clinical and lab tasks.
IMPORTANT: While graduates are eligible to attempt each of the three certification exams, gaining status as NELDA certified requires that additional requirements be fulfilled beyond MedCerts training.
- NELDA certification (PATHWAY IV) requires candidates to obtain a minimum of 300, and up to 3,000 hours of dental assisting work experience accrued over at least two months and no more than three years. MedCerts does not coordinate placement for this experience whether through externship or direct hire employment.
- Proof of completion of a hands-on CPR, BLS, or ACLS program. A list of approved programs can be found on www.danb.org and include such providers as American Heart Association, American Red Cross, American CPR Training, and many more.
PLEASE NOTE: Each state’s dental board implements regulations and establishes rules for delegating legally allowable duties to dental assistants. Passing one or more of the DANB component exams or earning DANB certification conveys authority to perform these duties only in those states that recognize these exams or this certification as meeting state dental assisting requirements. This information is available at www.danb.org.