Glossary

Accreditation – credentials held by a school that demonstrate that the education it provides meets certain high standards of quality.
Associate’s Degree – a college degree that normally takes between two and three years to complete, as opposed to a bachelor’s degree, which usually takes four years to complete

DANB CDA Exam – a test provided by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. Dental assistants who successfully pass this exam earn national certification.

Dental Assistant – a dental team member whose responsibilities vary according to where he or she lives and works. Generally, dental assistants help a dentist treat patients by handing over tools during a dental procedure, ensuring patients stay comfortable as they receive dental care. Dental assistants can take on other general office tasks to help a practice run smoothly.

Dental Hygienist – a member of the dental team who works in conjunction with the dentist to provide oral health care. Many dental assistants continue their education and move on to become dental hygienists.

Last Updated: 05/05/2014

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