Helpful Information about the Dental Assistant Exam

If you want to become a dental assistant, you may be required to take a dental assistant exam before you can work. Different states have different requirements when it comes to specifications for dental assistants. For example, some require graduates to take a state licensing exam while others do not.

You will need to graduate from an ADA accredited school in order to take your state exam or the national exam given by the DANB or Dental Assisting National Board.

If you want to be a CDA or Certified Dental Assistant, you will need to take the exam by the DANB.

This ADA recognized association also certifies orthodontic assistants, who work in the special area of orthodontics which is different from general dentistry and requires more training.

The first thing you'll need to do before you can take any examination given by this board is graduate from an accredited school. This might be a dental assistant school, distance learning school or traditional college.

While the exam is certainly not easy, it is not difficult for those who paid close attention in school and studied everything they needed to. Those who got good marks in their classes are likely to do well and become certified with no problem.

To stay certified, you may be required to take continuing education classes or re-exams to make sure you are up to date with dental technology. Any school worth attending should go over the various aspects of the exam with students preparing for graduation and provide test taking tips to help them succeed.

Basic test taking tips include getting a good night's sleep the night before, eating a healthy breakfast and remaining calm as you take the exam. This will ensure you can easily access the information in your brain that has been learned about dental assisting.

If you want to learn more about the dental assistant exam you can visit the DANB's website for more information. Also, there is a variety of information about dental assistant schools, distance learning institutions and other schools online.

Whether you choose a distance learning school, part time vocational schooling or the full time student route, check for all necessary school accreditations. If you require tuition assistance, there are loans, grants, scholarships and financial payment plans that can be of great help.

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