New Regulations for Dental Assistants in CT

New Regulations for Dental Assistants in CT

With our knowledge of infectious diseases and technology forever changing, it’s no wonder why the requirements and regulations for dental professionals are constantly changing. These changes and expectations can be difficult to keep up with but are crucial for you to keep your certification.

That’s why Professional Learning Services is here to answer questions you may have about the most recent new requirement for dental assistants in Connecticut: infection control certification and DANB ICE exam.

New Infection Control Requirement

As of October 1, 2016, all dental assistants in Connecticut are required to take and pass the DANB Infection Control Examination, which is also known as ICE, if they want to continue to perform any dental assisting procedures. The ICE exam is a part of the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) certification.

When To Take the Exam

If you are a current dental assistant who has not yet taken or passed the ICE exam, you have until April 1, 2019 to complete and pass the exam, according to Connecticut State law and

If you are a new dental assistant who was hired after July 1, 2018, you may work and receive on-the-job training before taking the exam. However, you must complete and pass the exam within nine months of being hired. In this case, you will also have to provide documentation to show that you have completed on-the-job training with a licensed dentist. Many dentists in
Connecticut want to hire assistants that have are ICE certified and Radiation, Health and Safety
(RHS) certified.

Whether you are a current or new dental assistant, failure to complete the exam before the deadline could result in loss of your dental assistant employment.


The ICE exam is a 100-question, computer adaptive exam. In order to pass the exam, make sure to study and be well versed in the following areas:

  • Maintaining aseptic conditions
  • Aseptic procedures
  • Processing instruments
  • Preventing contamination and spread of disease
  • Occupational safety
  • Education of patients and dental healthcare workers

After Passing the Exam

After you successfully complete the exam, you will need to continue your education with further training or education in infection control in a dental setting. In order to remain certified as a dental assistant, you must complete no less than one hour of this training or education every two years.

Continue Training with Professional Learning Services

For over 30 years, Professional Learning Services has been working with the dental community to help you achieve your certification requirements! Our seasoned educators are here to help you complete your continuing education requirements so that you can continue doing the job you love!

We offer face-to-face and online courses, as well as professional workshops so you can complete all your DANB preparation review courses and feel better prepared to take the DANB
ICE and RHS exams. Contact us today or give us a call at (203) 261-2857 to begin learning with us! You can also go to our list of CE courses to find a review class in 2019.

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