Dental Assisting National Board renews multi-year contract with Pearson VUE to deliver certification exams

BLOOMINGTON, MN, Dec. 5, 2014 – The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) has chosen to renew its relationship with computer-based testing leader Pearson VUE to deliver its five national certification exams and its state-specific exams.

Pearson VUE will continue to be the sole provider for the delivery of DANB’s five national certifications and related component exams: Certified Dental Assistant™ (CDA®), Certified Orthodontic Assistant™ (COA®), Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant (CPFDA®), Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant (CRFDA®) and in early 2015, DANB’s fifth national certification program, National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA™). DANB additionally administers state-specific exams to meet dental auxiliary regulatory requirements in nine states. The exams are available at Pearson VUE’s extensive network of test centers across the USA, as well as at military sites globally and select international locations.

Cynthia C. Durley, M.Ed., MBA, Executive Director of DANB said: “We chose to continue our longstanding partnership with Pearson VUE due to their communication, attentiveness to our organization and most importantly the secure delivery of computer-based tests to a high standard.”

DANB will utilize ExamDeveloper™, Pearson VUE’s item banking software suite which integrates the functionality of test development, test publishing and analysis support within a secure web-based platform. 

Bob Whelan, Managing Director of Pearson VUE, said: “DANB has been the consummate partner, and its strong leadership position continues to serve the public with its thorough examination development processes and advocacy for public protection.  We are humbled DANB has decided to renew its partnership with us. ”

The DANB is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), a national membership organization for credentialing bodies, and its CDA and COA certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) which means that the exam programs are designed and built according to industry best practices to be valid, reliable and fair.

About the Dental Assisting National Board
The Dental Assisting National Board (, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1948 and is the nationally recognized certification board for dental assistants. More than 36,000 dental assistants are currently DANB certified nationwide. DANB exams are recognized or required by 38 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. DANB also provides information services and resources for the entire dental community.

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Damien Fletcher
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