CPCC dental assisting students earn 100-percent pass rate on national certification exam

last modified Mar 03, 2017 10:29 AM

Twenty-five students who are enrolled in Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Dental Assisting program achieved a 100-percent pass rate on the national Radiation Health & Safety (RHS) Exam, a component of the Dental Assisting National Board certification (DANB). The DANB Certified Dental Assistant certification is considered the highest credential for dental assistants and is recognized across the United States.

The examination contains 100 multiple choice questions, focusing on the following areas: expose and evaluate, process, mount/label, radiation safety-patient, and radiation safety-operator.

“The Dental Assisting program at CPCC is more than 50 years old and our faculty members bring close to 120 years of collective general and specialty dental office experience to the classroom,” said Eleanor Henry, program chair of CPCC’s Dental Assisting program. “As a result, we’re able to produce quality dental assistants who are prepared to enter today’s workforce and make an impact in the industry.”

Dental assistants function as integral members of the dental team while performing chairside and related office and laboratory procedures. They prepare patients for treatment and obtain patients’ dental records, pass instruments and materials to the dentist and maintain a clear working field by using suction or other devices, sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare tray setups for dental procedures, instruct patients on post-operative and general oral healthcare, are more.

CPCC offers a one-year dental assisting diploma program. To learn more about dental assisting at CPCC, visit http://www.cpcc.edu/health_sciences/dental-assisting.