when can I take the state board exam - CADA ohio

The Dental Assistant State Board Exam

The state board exam to become a dental assistant is optional. That’s right! Less than 50% of dental assistants in the state of Ohio are state board certified. You can work and be employed as a dental assistant without being certified. There are different types of certifications you can take at the national or state level, and both are completely different from each other. We want to give you our recommendations of when to expect to take the state board exam and how to go about doing so.

CODA (Commission of Ohio Dental Assistant Certification)

The CODA is the Commission of Ohio Dental Assistant Certification. It is offered twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall. It is a full day of testing on a Saturday or Sunday (they will assign you). There are 3 parts to the exam; radiology, clinical skills, and a written portion. You have to apply/sign up to take the exam 4+ months in advance to secure your spot. The exam fills up very quickly. The exam is $65 to take, and if you happen to fail one portion, you retake just that part for $25.

Preparation for the CODA Exam

We do our absolute best to prepare the students on taking their exams. We have two instructors that have taken the exam and help students feel confident when applying to take it. We base our final exam off of the clinical portion of the state boards to also help. We have an open-door policy, meaning we allow students to come back to practice specific clinical skills so they feel ready to go. The book that was provided in class has an online portion that is a huge help with the written portion. There are a mock dental assisting board exam practice and lots of interactive tools available. We encourage doing as many of these as possible. 

DANB (Dental Assisting National Board) Exam

The DANB or the Dental Assisting National Board exam is good for those that may want to move out of state. This certification is recognized nationally, meaning it can transfer from state to state. This is a big advantage when deciding which exam is best for you. In the state of Ohio, there is no advantage to having the DANBE over the CODA. Both allow you to take additional courses to do more chairside. These courses include dental sealants, coronal polishing, and more. This exam costs $425 to take, so it is more of an investment.

Take the Dental Assisting Board Exam!

We highly encourage all of our dental assisting students to take the state board exam to allow for growth in the dental field. Be sure to visit CODA’s website for information on their dress code, exam content, application, and more. http://www.codacertification.org/

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Alania Belcher
Alania Belcher
2023-12-09
I really enjoyed my time with CADA! The instructors were so helpful every step of the way!
Machaellah Blankenship
Machaellah Blankenship
2023-12-08
This class has been beyond amazing! I have enjoyed being part of CADA! Allison has always been available to help with any questions you have about anything. If you want to purse a career in the dental field, go to CADA!
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Fatoumatta
2023-08-27
CADA is a great school! Allison and Chasity are so amazing they always ready to help students.Will definitely recommend CADA.
Djenaba T
Djenaba T
2023-08-26
Amazing, knowledgeable instructors! I learned a lot and feel prepared to start working.
Salma Mohzar
Salma Mohzar
2023-08-26
So glad I chose CADA to start off my dental assisting journey! Informative program and the instructors want you to succeed. Definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in becoming a CDA.
Melanie M
Melanie M
2023-08-26
Sooo glad that I could find this school, they gave me beyond my thoughts, if you’re interested in dental field I highly recommend this course, from my experience I even got my first job as a DA before graduation!!!
Shivani Patel
Shivani Patel
2023-08-26
I learned a lot from this program about dentistry… Thank you so much to Allison and all teachers who teach me..
Jazz Smith
Jazz Smith
2023-08-26
The teachers are really helpful
Reagin Anderson
Reagin Anderson
2023-08-26
This program is awesome! The instructors are always willing to help and give you all the information needed to be successful in your assisting career. If you’re thinking about applying do it!
harmony janae
harmony janae
2023-08-26
I highly recommend this program for anyone interested in the dental field, you learn so much & leave the program feeling very prepared for a career in assisting.