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STLCC Dental Assisting Graduates Rank Highest on National Boards

September 01, 2015

For the second straight year, the scaled scores of St. Louis Community College graduates who took the Dental Assisting National Boards (DANB) ranked the highest in the nation.


This past May, all eight graduates of the Dental Assisting program passed the exams to earn Certified Dental Assisting (CDA) certification. The eight students were Kristen Apken (St. Louis, MO), Katie Coots (O’Fallon, MO), Brandi Feather (Bowling Green, MO), Lauren Friedmeyer (Festus, MO), Ingrid Reimann (Florissant, MO), Maria Reinhart (St. Louis, MO), Tiffany Stegall (Bonne Terre, MO) and Jessica Wibracht (St. Louis, MO).


In 2015, a total of 1,111 candidates sat for the DANB. Of those 1,111 who took the exam, 818 passed. The examination consist of Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), Infection Control (ICE), and General Chairside Assisting (GC).  


Scaled scores range from 100 to 900, with 400 being the minimum to pass each component exam. This year, STLCC’s eight students scored an average 555 on the RHS component, 522 on the ICE component, and 561 on the GC component.


Since 2011, 52 of the 56 STLCC students who have taken the DANB passed and earned CDA certification.


The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) sets the highest standards for all CODA-accredited institutions. Program effectiveness is analyzed by achievement measures, such as national assessment scores (e.g. DANB), results of licensure or certification (e.g. CDA) examinations, and/or employment rates to assess the program’s overall performance.   


STLCC graduates who have successfully passed their national board exam receive their Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) certificate, and thus are eligible to obtain a permit from the Missouri Dental Board.


“A registered and licensed dentist may delegate expanded functions duties to an EFDA and permit-holding dental assistant or hygienist,” said Deborah Bush-Munson, coordinator of STLCC’s Dental Assisting program. “The average dental practice is now seeking dental assistant graduates with EFDA credentials. Consequently, our Dental Assisting program has a 100 percent placement rate for graduates.”