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Organizations for the Dental Assistant

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Dental Assistant

National Board

The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) was founded in 1980 and is the national certification board for dental assistants. More than 37,000 dental assistants are currently DANB certified nationwide. DANB, a nonprofit organization, is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. DANB's CDA and COA certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

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Dale Foundation

The Dental Auxiliary Learning and Education Foundation (the DALE Foundation), an independent affiliate of the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc., benefits the public by providing quality education and conducting sound research to promote oral health. The DALE Foundation offers interactive online educational courses and resources to advance the dental team and prepare dental auxiliaries for DANB certification. 

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To be the leading provider of infection prevention and control education, training and credentialing that supports safe dental visits.

We believe that all patients deserve access to oral healthcare that is delivered safely and that the persons who are involved in delivering such care are protected from occupational injury or illness.

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"To advance the careers of dental assistants and to advocate for the dental assisting profession in matters of education, professional activities, credentialing and legislation. To promote the ideals and growth of the Association which aid in the accessibility and delivery of quality oral health care to the public."

The American Dental Assistants Association is the oldest, largest group representing professional dental assistants. Its members include clinical personnel, those working chairside with the dentist, as well as those on the administrative side: the receptionist, office manager, practice manager and those working behind the scenes in dental product sales, insurance and, of course, educators.

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