There are no prerequisites prior to taking this course, however you must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Basic computer skills are required. No healthcare or medical office work experience is required. A current CPR certification is required for employment, but it's not required for this course.
Certification Exam Requirements:
- After course completion, you will be prepared to take the Radiation Health and Safety and Infection Control components of the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Exam administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB).
- You'll be eligible to earn Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification after you've completed at least two years of employment (a minimum of 3,500 hours accrued over a two to four year period); to do so, you must meet work experience and other eligibility prerequisites and pass the General Chairside component of DANB's CDA exam, in addition to the Radiation Health and Safety and Infection Control components.
- All three components must be passed within a five-year period. For information about the DANB exam, please visit: https://www.danb.org/Become-Certified.aspx.