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Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Exam Review

Quick Course Facts

  • Certifications:
    • Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
    • National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA)
  • 2020 Dates: TBN
  • Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Length of course: 16 hours
  • Accreditation: Dental Assisting National Board (DANB)
  • Admission: open enrollment for dental assistants and dental assisting students
  • Cost: $95
  • Location(s):  Northeast
  • Type(s) of Instruction: classroom lecture
  • Certification(s): 16 hours of preparation for DANB CDA or NELDA certification

Course Description

Our course is designed to prepare you to earn the DANB CDA or NELDA national certification credential.

We will give you a comprehensive review of:

  • Anatomy
  • Morphology
  • Physiology
  • General Chairside Assisting
  • Infection Control
  • Radiation Health and Safety

At the end of the course, you will take and review a mock examination.

Certification in Detail

CDA Eligibility

You must:

  • Be a graduate of one of the following American Dental Association (ADA) Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)-accredited programs:
    • Dental assisting
    • Dental hygiene
    • Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.)
    • Doctor of Dental Medicine in (D.M.D.)


  • Have a minimum of 3,500 hours of work experience accrued over a period of 2–4 years
    • A licensed dentist must verify your employment.

NELDA Eligibility

You must:

  • Be a graduate of a U.S. Department of Education post-secondary dental assisting program


  • Have completed a U.S. education system-recognized high school dental assisting program


  • Have work experience between 300–3,000 hours accrued over a period of 2–4 years

NELDA Candidates

You are eligible to sit for the General Chairside component of the CDA Exam once you have accrued at least 2 years of clinical experience or a minimum of 3,500 hours of work experience.

Course You Will Take

Check course availability

Go to Course Sections Offered by Term in WebAdvisor and scroll down to Continuing Education Terms.

How to Apply

  1. Apply to TCC
    • Once you are accepted as a student at TCC, you will get a TCC Student ID number.
    • You will receive an email with registration instructions.
  2. Register for Your Class
    • Select the section number for the date you want to take the course.
  3. Pay for Your Course
  4. Verify Your Registration
    1. Log in to WebAdvisor
    2. Select Students
    3. Select Schedule and Statement under Business Services
    4. Choose the term of your course to see your schedule


If you cannot attend class, you must drop the course on WebAdvisor or contact the Admissions & Registrar Office before the start of the course for a full refund.

No refunds will be issued after the course starts.

Have questions?

Call Laurie Semple at 817-515-6151 or 817-515-6995.



Northeast Campus

Office of Workforce Programs
Laurie Semple, Registered Dental Assistant Program Coordinator
817-515-6151 or

Updated July 02, 2020