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Ohio Dental Assistants Certification, Inc.

Guidelines for the Ohio Dental Assistants Certification Examination.

Qualifications for applicants for the Ohio Dental Assistants Certification Examination

The Ohio Certification Examination will be available to any individual who meets one of the following:

  • Has a minimum of six (6) months continuous full time work experience
  • Is enrolled in the second year of a two (2) year Dental Assisting program
  • is enrolled in a Post High School Dental Assisting program.

IN ORDER TO BE EXAMINED THE INDIVIDUAL MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Provide proof of meeting the professional ethics requirement.
  2. File a correct and complete application prior to the deadline for the application
  3. Pay the correct fee by check or money order.
  4. Proof of current CPR certificate.
  5. Submit two passport (2"x2") pictures - no others will be accepted.

IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH ETHICAL CONDUCT THE APPLICANT MUST MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING.

  1. Hold membership in one of the following: ODAA, ADAA, ADHA, NDHA.
  2. Submit THREE NOTARIZED LETTERS from current members of following organizations: ODAA, ADAA, ODA, ADA.
  3. Students enrolled in a Dental Assisting program - one notarized letter from your instructor.

IN ORDER TO BE CERTIFIED THE INDIVIDUAL MUST MEET THE PRECEDING LISTED REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EXAMINATION AND MUST PASS THE CLINICAL, WRITTEN, AND RADIOLOGY PORTIONS OF THE EXAMINATION.


FEE REQUIREMENT

The fee for the examination will be $50.00 and must accompany the application.

Applicants who fail a portion of the examination will be required to retake only the portion failed. The fee to retake the examination will be $40.00

Applicants who apply for the examination and who are not able to take the examination at the scheduled time may request to be rescheduled at a later date, and will be required to pay a $5.00 reprocessing fee.

Examination fees are not refundable. Failure to take the examination or failure to meet all requirements after submitting the examination application and fee are not cause for refund.

All fees must be paid by either check or money order, and payable to the Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification, Inc.

N.S.F. checks will incur an additional charge of $20.00


EXAMINATION APPLICATION

An examination application and exam dates may be obtained from the:

Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification, Inc.
1501 Centerview Dr.
Copley, OH 44321-1901

Applications must be received 45 days prior to the exam date applied for, and must be completed in full. Applications received after the deadline will be held until the next scheduled examination date. Each Exam date is limited to 50 applicants on a first come basis.

Persons with disabilities needing assistance are asked to notify the Commission in writing at the time of application.


CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION CONTENT

The examination is composed of an objective and clinical performance tests. The administration and grading of the examination is done by the examiners appointed by the Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification, Inc. The objective test will be a written multiple choice examination consisting of approximately 350 questions. The written and/or clinical portions of the examination may consist of any or all of the following areas.

Chairside Skills   Dental Specialties
Dental Anatomy   Insurance
Dental Materials   Preventative Procedures
Dental/Medical Emergency Skills   Radiology
Dental Office Procedures   Sterilization Techniques
Basic Laboratory Skills   Patient Education

All equipment and supplies will be furnished.


UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS FOR CLINICAL EXAM

  • PROFESSIONAL UNIFORM (OSHA Standards)
  • Clean white shoes
  • Appropriate undergarments
  • No nail polish
  • Hair off of collar and away from face
  • Name tags should NOT be worn for examination

Jewelry

  • One pair of small earrings
  • Watch
  • One Ring

Failure to meet all uniform requirements will result in ten (10) points reduction on applicant's clinical score.

 


GENERAL RULES FOR THE EXAMINATION

  1. No questions concerning the content of the written test may be asked during examination sessions. The candidates should listen carefully to all instructions and follow directions carefully.
  2. No reference materials or notes may be brought to examination sessions.
  3. No visitors or unauthorized individuals will be permitted during testing sessions.
  4. Candidates taking the clinical portion of the examination MUST BE IN UNIFORM.
  5. The examination will require approximately six hours.
  6. Applicants arriving late for the examination will be admitted but will not be allowed extra time beyond the time scheduled for completion of the examination.
  7. Applicants for the examination will receive information as to the exact date, time, and address for the examination approximately ten days prior to the examination.
  8. All address changes should be promptly reported to the Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification, Inc.
  9. Any request for information about either the examination or certification should include the applicant's name at the time the examination was taken and their Social Security number
  10. No examination results will be released if all requirements are not met.
  11. Examination results will be released only in writing and not be telephone, and only to the applicant unless otherwise requested by the applicant.
  12. The Commission on Dental Assistants Certification, Inc. will not discriminate in application, examination or certification activities on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, handicap, sexual preference, or marital status. The birth year of all applicants is requested as part of the identification data.
  13. Applicants who believe their scores from the Certification Examination were not properly recorded or who feel that test conditions adversely affected their performance on the examination may forward any complaints in writing to the Chairperson of the Board of Dental Assistants Certification, Inc. All decisions made by the Board of Directors will be final.
  14. Candidates are responsible for protecting the integrity of their answers. If cheating is detected during the examinations, or evidence of cheating is disclosed at the time or when the answer sheets are being scored, those involved, whether they be copiers or those copied from, will be failed. This warning notice will be in effect and applicable to all parts of the examination.
  15. Applicants failing the examination three times will be required to complete additional education before retaking the examination the fourth time. Such applicants should contact the Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification, Inc. for appropriate information.
  16. No application will be processed until the examination fee is recevied by the Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification, Inc.
  17. Examinations shall be held on dates and in locations specified by the Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification, Inc.
  18. The application deadlines will be strictly enforced. Applicants should allow adequate mail delivery time to insure that the application reaches the Commission prior to the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be handled by scheduling the applicant for the first testing date available following the date requested.

REFERENCE BOOK LIST

Torees & Ehrilich   Anderson/Burkhard
Modern Dental Assisting   The Dental Assistant
W.B. Saunders Company   Delmar Publishing, Inc.
West Philadelphia Square    
Philadelphia, Pa. 19105    
     
Phillips   Miles Vandis, Jensen, Ferretti
Elements of Dental Material   Radiographic Imaging
W.B. Saunders Company   W.B. Saunders Company
     
S. Hirsch, D.D.S., M. Ostrofsky, D.D.S.   CODA Review Book
Dental Assistant Review   %1501 Centerview Dr
Second Edition   Copley, OH 44321
Arco Publishing, Inc.    
215 Park Avenue South    
New York, NY 10003    
     
Torres & Ehrlich   Anderson/Clifford
Review Book   Dental Radiology
W.B. Saunders Company   Delmar Publishing