To become a certified dental assistant in Oregon, students must successfully complete an accredited dental assistant program and pass all three segments of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) exam. The DANB is administered at computerized testing centers in Eugene and Portland. Students interested in working outside of Oregon must be aware that each state has its own regulations governing duties and requirements of dental assistants.
LBCC's Dental Assistant program prepares students to take the DANB examination in three segments:
- The first segment, the Infection Control Examination (ICE), is taken during the December break after successfully completing fall term and the Dental Office Infection Control course.
- The second segment, the Radiation Health and Safety Examination, is taken during spring term after successfully completing three terms (60 hours) in radiology. A successful set of clinical x-rays will result in an Oregon Radiological Proficiency License.
- The third and final segment, the General Chairside Exam, is taken after completing all four terms of the program and 300 hours of office and clinical chairside assisting (as specified by the American Dental Association).
Students who have successfully completed the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and the Dental Assistant program have earned the title Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
Graduates also are eligible to apply for an Oregon Expanded Function License and the title of Oregon Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA).