National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA)

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NELDA

DANB’s NELDA certification consists of three component exams:

  • Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP)
  • Infection Control (ICE)
  • Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)

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DANB is extending all testing windows from 60 days to 150 days. We made this change to give you more time to schedule and take your exam. We recently learned that Pearson VUE testing centers will be closed through at least April 16. During this time, you can still apply for DANB exams and you can schedule your exams for 4/17/2020 or later.  We encourage you to apply online for faster processing. We will work with you to schedule your exam as soon as Pearson VUE notifies DANB that test centers have reopened. For more details, visit the link below.

DANB Testing Information

Additional Information

The price for the NELDA exam is $400. After passing the NELDA exam, you must meet eligibility requirements to earn NELDA certification. You can find more exam eligibility requirement details below.

Exam Eligibility Requirements

DANB’s NELDA Application Packet can be used if you would like to submit your application via mail or fax.

NELDA Application Packet (PDF)

DANB NELDA Exam Study Materials

DANB’s NELDA Exam Outline lists the topics covered on DANB’s NELDA exam. You can use the outline to help create your study plan.

NELDA Exam Outline

DALE Foundation Review Courses

The DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate, offers review courses and practice tests to help prepare for the DANB NELDA exam.

DANB RHS Practice Test
DANB RHS Review 

DANB ICE Practice Test
DANB ICE Review

DANB AMP Practice Test
DANB AMP Review

NELDA Component Exams

  • Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP)

    The Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) exam is one of three components of the NELDA exam. Successful completion of the AMP exam leads to a certificate of knowledge-based competency. Following are details about the AMP exam:

    • 105 multiple-choice questions
    • 80 minutes testing time
    • $245 exam fee
    • No eligibility requirements apply

    Go to the AMP Exam Page

  • Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)

    The RHS exam is one of three components of the NELDA exam. This exam can be taken at the same time as the other two component exams, on its own or together with the ICE exam for a reduced cost. Successful completion of the RHS exam leads to a certificate of knowledge-based competency. Following are details about the RHS exam:

    • 100 multiple-choice questions
    • 1¼ hours testing time
    • $270 stand-alone exam fee
    • No eligibility requirements apply

    Go to the RHS Exam Page

  • Infection Control (ICE)

    The ICE exam is one of three components of the NELDA exam. It can be taken at the same time as the other two component exams, on its own, or together with the RHS exam for a reduced cost. Successful completion of the ICE exam leads to a certificate of knowledge-based competency. Following are details about the ICE exam:

    • 100 multiple-choice questions
    • 1¼ hours testing time
    • $270 stand-alone exam fee
    • No eligibility requirements apply

    Go to the ICE Exam Page

Testing at Pearson VUE

Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), Pearson VUE testing centers are closed through 4/16/20. For more information on what this means for you, visit the link below.

DANB Testing Information

"How Can I Prepare?"

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