Chapter 02: Professional and Legal Aspects of Dental Assisting
Robinson & Bird: Essentials of Dental Assisting, 6th Edition
1. Which agency issues the certified dental assistant (CDA) credential?
a. State dental board
b. Dental Assisting National Board (DANB)
c. American Dental Association (ADA)
d. American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA)
The DANB is the national agency responsible for testing dental assistants and issuing the
CDA credential. Some states require dental assistant registration—however, the CDA
credential is issued by DANB, not the state dental board. The DANB acts independent of the
ADA and ADAA to administer the national examination for CDA certification.
DIF: Recall REF: p. 15|p. 18 OBJ: 6 MSC: CDA Exam: NA
2. Which best defines omission?
a. Failure to do something that should have been done
b. Doing something that should not have been done
c. Protection from criminal or civil liability
d. Permission to practice in a specific state
Failure to do something is an act of omission. Commission, not omission, is doing something
that should not have been done. Immunity is protection from criminal or civil liability.
Licensure is permission to practice in a specific state.
DIF: Comprehension REF: p. 17 OBJ: 1
MSC: CDA Exam: GC.VII.D.2.c.factors and precautions necessary to prevent lawsuits against dental
3. The purpose of a state dental practice act is to provide:
a. principles of ethics and a code of professional conduct
b. contact information for professional dental organizations and government agencies
c. laws to protect the public from incompetent dental healthcare providers
d. protection for dentists from lawsuits
Each state has established a dental practice act to protect the public from incompetent dental
healthcare providers. A dental practice act is not a code of ethics or a directory of dental
organizations and government agencies, but rather an act that establishes the legal
requirements for the practice of dentistry. Compliance with the state dental practice act may
help a dentist prevent unwanted legal action; however, the purpose of these regulations is to
protect the public, not the dentist.
DIF: Recall REF: p. 14 OBJ: 4
MSC: CDA Exam: GC.VII.D.2.d.legal responsibilities of the dental assistant in relation to the state
dental practice act