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Dental Assistant



Dental Assistant I 8328

Grade Level: 11 (suggested) (36 weeks, double period)

Prerequisites: Keyboarding and Introduction to Health Occupations are strongly recommended.
Students are introduced to the careers in dentistry, including dentist (general and specialists), hygienist, dental assistant, dental laboratory technician, and dental receptionist. Students practice and learn about many of the skills utilized in these professions while attaining all the skills necessary to become a dental assistant. Study includes infection control and OSHA standards, anatomy and physiology, tooth morphology, oral histology, preventive

dentistry, applied psychology, effective communication, office administration and management, use of dental software, operative dentistry techniques, and dental materials/laboratory skills.


Dental Assistant II 8329

Grade Level: 12 (suggested) (36 weeks, double period)

Prerequisite: Dental Assistant I
Units of study include medical emergencies, coronal polishing, oral pathology, dental roentgenology, nutrition, schedule IV drugs and pharmacology, and advanced laboratory techniques. While attending classes for part of the week, students also have an opportunity to participate in internships in local private dental offices and public health dental facilities, where they participate in all phases of dental care delivery. At the completion of the program, students are State Dental Board certified in Radiation Hygiene and Safety and in Schedule IV Drugs and are qualified to work as dental assistant, dental receptionist, patient educator, appointment controller, and dental office manager. After two years in the field, graduates of the program are eligible to take the national examination to become a certified Dental Assistant. Many graduates choose to continue their dental education at community colleges and universities.


Available upon completion of Dental Assistant II 8329:
Certified Dental Assistant: Infection Control Examination (Dental Assisting National Board)

Certified Dental Assistant: Radiation Health & Safety Examination (Dental Assisting National Board)

Dental Assisting Assessment (NOCTI)

NRDA Certification (National Allied Health Registry/National Association for Health Professionals)





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Certified Dental Assistant: Infection Control Examination (ICE)

One of three assessments leading to completion of the Certified Dental Assistant credential (CDA)

Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.


Pass a knowledge-based exam consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions. The exam includes collection and recording of data, patient and dental health care work education, prevention of cross-contamination and transmission, maintaining aseptic conditions, selecting disinfection or sterilization, performing sterilization procedures, performing disinfection procedures, occupational safety.



No data received on this exam.

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Certified Dental Assistant: Radiation Health & Safety Examination (RHS)

One of three assessments leading to the complete Certified Dental Assistant credential (CDA)

Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.


Pass a knowledge-based exam consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions. The exam includes the intraoral and extraoral processes, mount/label, radiation safety-patient, radiation safety-operator, storage and disposal, quality assurance.


55 students in 2005-06 were reported as having passed the Radiation Health & Safety Examination from either the Virginia Board of Dentistry (no longer available), or the Dental Assisting National Board.
Reimbusement “snapshot” for 2005-06: 24 students attempted this examination with 24 students passing

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Dental Assisting Assessment

Occupational competency assessment of skills and knowledge covered in a dental assisting instructional program

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI)


Pass the NOCTI knowledge-based exam (2026) consisting of 183 test items. Test includes communication, infection control and hazards management, assisting with clinical procedures, performing diagnostic measures and performing clerical functions.


During 2004 through 2006, 22 Virginia students have taken this assessment with 8 scoring at or above the national norm.
2006: 20 Virginia students took the assessment with 8 scoring at or above the national norm.
National Norm: 67.4

Virginia Norm: 63.8



Dental Assistant 8329

Health Science




NRDA Certification (Dental Assisting)

One of several certifications in the health sciences field offered by the National Association for Health Professionals.


National Allied Health Registry/ National Association for Health Professionals


Complete a state-approved dental assisting program.

Pass a knowledge-based examination pertaining to common requirements and job functions of a dental assistant.




0 students were reported in 2005-06 as having achieved this certification

Dental Assistant 8329

Health Science





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