CPCC’s Dental Assisting students achieve 100 percent pass rate on national board exam

last modified Nov 02, 2011 05:20 PM

Students’ average scores were better than groups challenging the exam at the state and national level.

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is pleased to announce its July 2011 Dental Assisting program graduates, who sat for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) this summer, achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the exam. The students performed so well on the exam they outscored their peers across the state and the nation on the exam’s three component areas – Radiation, Health and Safety (RHS), Infection Control (IC) and General Chairside (GC). As a result, 25 CPCC students earned the industry’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) designation and DA II – the highest credentials recognized by the N.C. State Dental Board.

“These scores reflect the tremendous effort put forth by both our CPCC faculty and students,” said Jane Lavin, program chair for CPCC’s Dental Assisting program. “Our students are in lecture and labs approximately 20 hours a week and begin working on live subjects in our Harris Campus dental facility as early as their first semester of study. It’s this early exposure that prepares them to enter the workforce as entry-level professionals who are ready to function as integral members of the dental team and make a difference in the industry.”

The DANB’s three component areas are scored on a 100-900 point scale. The following chart demonstrates how CPCC students’ test results compared to their peers:

SectionTotal No. of Candidates TestedCPCC Avg.State Avg.National Avg.All Others Avg.
RHS 5,727 560 536 502 444
IC 2,273 634 600 555 486
GC 1,043 474 468 463 455


The 25 CPCC students passing the DANB this summer were: Mala Chang, Nancy Dianderas, Brenda Andino, Mae Mendiola, Trinh Do, Nicole Force, Ana Saballos, Danielle Dunton, Delores Paillett, Debra Babington, Chiana Tracy, Christine Burriola, Chueyee Thao and Elfreda Bawua of Charlotte, N.C.; Taylor Leggett of Lowell, N.C.; Kristen Thompson of Dallas, N.C.; Karen Latimore and Alisa Aleksandrova of Waxhaw, N.C.; Emily Saunders of Indian Trail, N.C.; Ashley Miller of Matthews, N.C.; Emily Day of Cherryville, N.C.; Dipti Adhia of Mooresville, N.C.; Cassie Lowe of Kannapolis, N.C.; and Haley Merritt and Melissa Brantley of Monroe, N.C.

To learn more about CPCC’s Dental Assisting program, visit www.cpcc.edu/health_sciences/dental-assisting.

Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.