Passing scores on appropriate examinations administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), Inc. are required for licensure in New York. There are three (3) pathways to qualify to take the required DANB examinations. See below to determine which examination section(s) you must complete.
Pathway I: Applicants who meet DANB's eligibility requirements
If you meet DANB's eligibility requirements, you must take and pass the current DANB CDA examination consisting of the following three components: Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), Infection Control (ICE), and General Chairside (GC).
- If you have passed all three components of DANB's CDA examination after June 1, 1993, you have met New York State's examination requirement.
- If you have passed DANB's CDA examination between June 1, 1985 and June 1, 1993, you must take and pass the Infection Control (ICE) component of the current DANB examination.
- If you have passed DANB's CDA examination prior to June 1, 1985, you must take and pass the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) and Infection Control (ICE) components of the current DANB examination.
Pathway III: Applicants who do not meet DANB's eligibility requirements
An applicant who graduates from a New York registered dental assisting program, or the equivalent, but does not meet DANB's requirement to take the DANB CDA exam (because the program was not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the applicant has less than two years’ experience) must pass the DANB, New York State's three-part exam which consists of New York Professional Dental Assisting (NYPDA) Exam, Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) Exam and Infection Control (ICE) Exam.
NOTE: Even if you fulfill the examination requirement, you will not be licensed until the department approves your education. Both the education and examination requirements must be fulfilled.
For examination application, dates and scheduling information, visit the DANB Web site at www.danb.org , or contact DANB by phone at 1-800-FOR-DANB (1-800-367-3262) or fax at 312-642-1475.
Reasonable Testing Accommodations
General information about reasonable testing accommodations and details on what to provide is available on the DANB Web site at www.danb.org/Meet-State-Requirements/State-Exam-Applications.aspx.