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3 - National Dental Assisting Examining Board
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ANNUAL REPORT • 2014
ANNUAL REPORT • 2014
Table of Contents
President’s Message ..........................................................................................................................2
Introduction.......................................................................................................................................3
NDAEB Mission, Vision and Values................................................................................................3
Testing Agency..................................................................................................................................3
Written Examination .........................................................................................................................3
Standard Setting for the Written Examination..................................................................................3
Written Exam Results .......................................................................................................................4
Three Attempt Limit of the Written Examination ...........................................................................5
Clinical Practice Evaluation..............................................................................................................6
Clinical Practice Evaluation Sites.....................................................................................................6
Candidate Eligibility Assessment ...................................................................................................10
Appeals ...........................................................................................................................................12
NDAEB Certificates Issued to Date ...............................................................................................12
Looking Ahead................................................................................................................................12
Board List .......................................................................................................................................13
Audited Financial Statements .........................................................................................................15
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2014 President’s Message
National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB)
is responsible for the development and administration
of the national examination of Dental Assistants in
Canada. The examination process includes written
examination and clinical evaluation tools. The process
ensures that candidates have met the national baseline
entry-to-practice standard through valid and reliable
testing methods which helps to establish a recognized
minimum standard for the profession. In all 8
jurisdictions in Canada that license dental assistants,
the NDAEB Certificate is recognized as a qualification
to practice intra-oral dental assisting duties. The
NDAEB Certificate is also a mandatory requirement to
practice in Ontario.
The NDAEB Board of Directors (the Board) oversees
the big picture of and provides direction for the
organization. The Board is comprised of voting
representatives from various stakeholder groups
including:
• each of the Dental Assisting Regulatory
Authorities
• the Canadian Dental Assistants’ Association
• the Commission on Dental Accreditation of
Canada (CDAC)
• the Canadian Dental Association
• a dental assisting educator representing CDACaccredited educational institutes
• a dental assisting educator representing nonaccredited educational institutes
• the general public
The Board also includes a non-voting seat for a recent
dental assisting program graduate.
On behalf of the Board it’s my privilege to provide a
brief overview of the highlights from 2014 and
activities coming up in 2015.
In 2014 the Clinical Practice Evaluation Committee
finalized revisions to the evaluator’s rubric. The
revised rubric will be implemented in 2015 and used
for a three year period.
A National Occupational Analysis for Dental Assisting
(NOA) was completed in partnership with the
Canadian Dental Assistants Association. Information
from the NOA was used to develop an Occupational
Standard (OS). The OS will be used in 2015 to
validate the current Domain Description for Dental
Assisting (Domain). The Domain forms the basis of
the national exam. A current Domain ensures
candidates completing the national examination are
being tested on current and relevant subject matter
and practices.
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Development of committee members who are directly
involved in reviewing, maintaining and facilitating the
elements of the examination process continues to be a
key focus of the NDAEB. Over the past year
workshops were provided for exam item writers and
CPE session facilitators. The Session Facilitators
reviewed changes to the evaluation and documentation
for 2015 and took part in clinical calibration. During
the calibration workshop an inter-rater reliability study
was conducted.
The NDAEB office is very close to being a paperless
environment. Additional equipment has been
purchased and testing is on-going. In 2015 we look
forward to candidates accessing their information
online via a secure web board.
The NDAEB’s Committees and respective Chairs including the Chief Evaluator and Chief Examiner, the
session facilitators and evaluators, and the staff have,
over the years, continuously impressed the Board with
their hard work and commitment to fulfilling the
NDAEB mandate. They completed tasks, met goals,
worked as a team and contributed to the success of the
NDAEB. The excellence demonstrated by the NDAEB
is primarily a result of their meticulous work and
dedication. The Board wishes to sincerely thank each
and every one of you. Be proud of your involvement it’s important to the profession of dental assisting and
the dental industry.
I personally would like to acknowledge the efforts and
involvement of the Board members. Your commitment
to the NDAEB ultimately raises the profile of dental
assistants and for that I am thankful. It has been a
pleasure to serve with you. Thank you for your
confidence and support as well. I’m looking forward
to another successful year achieving the remaining
objectives in our strategic plan.
In the upcoming year we will also be saying goodbye
and happy retirement to long-standing Chief
Administrative Officer and Registrar, Mr. Dave Lamb.
Mr. Lamb has been with the organization for over 16
years. He’s been an integral part of the organization’s
success. We thank him wholeheartedly for his
leadership and guidance over the years. Best wishes in
all your future endeavours!
Respectfully submitted,
Jennifer Tewes, RDA
NDAEB President
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Introduction
This Annual Report provides stakeholders with an overview of NDAEB activities in 2014. The report
includes written examination and Clinical Practice Evaluation statistics, Board and committee member
information and the 2014 audited financial statements.
Mission
The NDAEB's mission is to assure individuals have met the current national baseline standard in the
knowledge and skills required by Canadian provincial or territorial regulatory authorities for recognition
as an intra-oral dental assistant.
Vision
The NDAEB will strive for excellence in the provision of valid and reliable national dental assisting
examinations.
Values
The NDAEB is committed to fairness, transparency and excellence in the services it provides to
candidates, stakeholders and the public.
Testing Agency
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
School of Dentistry
University of Alberta, Edmonton
Psychometric Consultant: Dr. Dwight Harley, Ph.D., Director of Assessment and Evaluation
Written Examination
The NDAEB administers a 200 item multiple choice written examination four times per year at sites
across Canada. The exam is available in both official languages. The Written Exam Committee is
comprised of eight volunteers representing practicing dental assistants and educators from across Canada.
All provinces, except Quebec, require intra-oral Level 2 dental assistants entering the profession to hold
the NDAEB certificate.
Standard Setting for the Written Examination
The National Dental Assisting Examining Board uses the modified Angoff standard setting method to set
passing scores for the written examination.
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Written Exam Results
The following tables illustrate the results achieved by candidates on the written exam in 2014.
The results are reported by province and by education program categories (CDAC accredited,
non-accredited, US and foreign).
EXAM RESULTS
BY PROVINCE
2014 WRITTEN EXAM RESULTS
BY PROVINCE
AND INTERNATIONAL
Initial Examinations
Candidates From:
Total
Pass
Fail
Total
Pass
Fail
British Columbia
327
307
(94%)
20
(6%)
19
13
(68%)
6
(32%)
Alberta
301
275
(91%)
26
(9%)
20
14
(70%)
6
(30%)
Saskatchewan
64
61
(95%)
3
(5%)
3
3
(100%)
0
(0%)
Manitoba
121
97
(80%)
24
(20%)
20
10
(50%)
10
(50%)
Ontario
886
612
(69%)
274
(31%)
142
67
(47%)
75
(33%)
New Brunswick
49
44
(90%)
5
(10%)
6
4
(67%)
2
(33%)
24
22
(92%)
2
(8%)
2
1
(50%)
1
(50%)
46
31
(67%)
15
(33%)
13
8
(62%)
5
(38%)
40
29
(73%)
11
(27%)
6
3
(50%)
3
(42%)
8
8
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
141
118
(84%)
23
(16%)
15
10
(67%)
5
(33%)
2,007
1,604
403
246
133
113
(80%)
(20%)
(54%)
(46%)
Prince Edward
Island
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland &
Labrador
USA
International
Total
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2014 WRITTEN EXAM RESULTS
CDAC ACCREDITED / NON-ACCREDITED & INTERNATIONAL
PROGRAM GRADUATES
Initial Examinations
Rewrite Examinations
Candidates
From:
Total
Pass
Fail
Total
Pass
Fail
Canadian
Accredited
1,340
1,122
(84%)
218
(16%)
156
95
(61%)
61
(39%)
518
356
(69%)
162
(31%)
75
28
(37%)
47
(63%)
8
8
(100%)
0
(0%)
0
0
(0%)
0
(0%)
141
118
(84%)
23
(16%)
15
10
(67%)
5
(33%)
1,604
(80%)
403
(20%)
133
(54%)
113
(46%)
Canadian
Non-accredited
USA
International
Total
2,007
246
Three Attempt Limit on the Written Examination
On January 1, 2012, the NDAEB implemented a policy limiting the number of attempts on the
written examination to a maximum of three. 65 candidates who have failed three times are no
longer eligible to write the exam. To qualify to write again, they must return to dental assisting
education and complete a program which is accredited by the Commission on Dental
Accreditation of Canada.
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Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE)
The NDAEB developed the Clinical Practice Evaluation in 2001 to assist the Dental Assisting
Regulatory Authorities with the implementation of the Mutual Recognition Agreement for
Dental Assisting.
The NDAEB does not require graduates of Canadian dental assisting education programs to take
the Clinical Practice Evaluation to attain the NDAEB certificate. The Dental Assisting
Regulatory Authorities in Canada determine if the CPE is required by graduates of Canadian
non-accredited programs as part of the licensure/registration process in a province. Presently, all
provinces except Ontario and Quebec, require graduates of non-accredited dental assisting
programs to successfully complete the CPE to attain a license/registration to practice.
The NDAEB requires international applicants to successfully complete the CPE or attend
voluntary education upgrading at a Canadian education program in lieu of the CPE to attain the
NDAEB certificate. Canadian program graduates may attend education upgrading to meet initial
exam eligibility requirements or when they have been unsuccessful on individual skills after
three attempts on the CPE. Some candidates choose to attend voluntary education rather than
take the Clinical Practice Evaluation. Candidates wishing to attend education upgrading in
Canada are encouraged to attend CDAC accredited institutions for labour mobility purposes.
85 primary evaluators and session facilitators from across Canada have been trained to
administer the evaluation in a standardized format.
CPE Sites
The CPE is administered by the NDAEB on a quarterly basis at the following locations:
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•
•
•
•
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Keyin College, St. John’s, NL
Nova Scotia Community College Institute of Technology, Halifax, NS
George Brown College, Toronto, ON
Red River College, Winnipeg, MB
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina, SK
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, AB
Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC.
Note: In 2012, the NDAEB consolidated CPE activities in the Maritimes to one location at
Nova Scotia Community College in Halifax.
The results of CPE sessions held in 2014 are included in the tables that follow.
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2014 CLINICAL PRACTICE EVALUATION • AGGREGATE REPORT
FEBRUARY, MAY, AUGUST & NOVEMBER SESSIONS
Initial Evaluations
Subsequent Evaluations
Skill
Number
of
Candidates
Successful
Initial
Evaluations
Number
of
Candidates
Successful
Subsequent
Evaluations
Number of
Candidates
Completing
Voluntary
Education at
Canadian
Programs in
Lieu of CPE
1 Exposes Dental
149
82
(55%)
63
44
(70%)
22
153
133
(87%)
14
13
(93%)
11
154
65
(42%)
82
51
(62%)
27
153
129
(84%)
14
12
(86%)
16
151
116
(77%)
22
17
(77%)
18
152
109
(72%)
42
28
(67%)
21
153
138
(90%)
12
11
(92%)
12
153
101
(66%)
44
33
(75%)
18
151
141
(93%)
11
9
(82%)
10
Radiographs
2 Obtains Preliminary
Impressions for
Study Casts
3 Applies and
Removes
Dental Dam
4 Selective Coronal
Polishing
(Rubber Cup)
5 Applies Treatment
Liner (No Pulpal
Involvement)
6 Applies and
Removes Matrix
and Wedge
7 Applies Fluoride
(Tray Method)
8 Applies Pit and
Fissure Sealant
(Cotton Roll
Isolation)
9 Applies Topical
Anaesthetic
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2014 CLINICAL PRACTICE EVALUATION REPORT • CANADIAN PROGRAM GRADUATES
FEBRUARY, MAY, AUGUST & NOVEMBER SESSIONS
Initial Evaluations
Subsequent Evaluations
Skill
Number
of
Candidates
Successful
Initial
Evaluations
Number
of
Candidates
Successful
Subsequent
Evaluations
Number of
Candidates
Completing
Voluntary
Education at
Canadian
Programs in
Lieu of CPE
1 Exposes Dental
38
27
(71%)
20
16
(80%)
1
38
33
(87%)
6
6
(100%)
1
38
21
(55%)
20
15
(75%)
4
38
35
(92%)
2
2
(100%)
1
36
28
(78%)
8
6
(75%)
3
37
28
(76%)
16
10
(63%)
4
38
36
(95%)
2
2
(100%)
0
38
28
(74%)
15
15
(100%)
0
37
34
(92%)
3
3
(100%)
1
Radiographs
2 Obtains Preliminary
Impressions for
Study Casts
3 Applies and
Removes
Dental Dam
4 Selective Coronal
Polishing
(Rubber Cup)
5 Applies Treatment
Liner (No Pulpal
Involvement)
6 Applies and
Removes Matrix
and Wedge
7 Applies Fluoride
(Tray Method)
8 Applies Pit and
Fissure Sealant
(Cotton Roll
Isolation)
9 Applies Topical
Anaesthetic
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2014 CLINICAL PRACTICE EVALUATION REPORT • INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM GRADUATES
FEBRUARY, MAY, AUGUST & NOVEMBER SESSIONS
Initial Evaluations
Subsequent Evaluations
Skill
Number
of
Candidates
Successful
Initial
Evaluations
Number
of
Candidates
Successful
Subsequent
Evaluations
Number of
Candidates
Completing
Voluntary
Education at
Canadian
Programs in
Lieu of CPE
1 Exposes Dental
111
55
(50%)
43
28
(65.1%)
21
115
100
(87%)
8
7
(88%)
10
116
44
(38%)
62
36
(58%)
23
115
94
(82%)
12
10
(83%)
15
115
88
(77%)
14
11
(79%)
15
115
81
(70%)
26
18
(69%)
17
115
102
(89%)
10
9
(90%)
12
115
73
(64%)
29
18
(62%)
18
114
107
(94%)
8
5
(75%)
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Radiographs
2 Obtains Preliminary
Impressions for
Study Casts
3 Applies and
Removes
Dental Dam
4 Selective Coronal
Polishing
(Rubber Cup)
5 Applies Treatment
Liner (No Pulpal
Involvement)
6 Applies and
Removes Matrix
and Wedge
7 Applies Fluoride
(Tray Method)
8 Applies Pit and
Fissure Sealant
(Cotton Roll
Isolation)
9 Applies Topical
Anaesthetic
Notes: 1. 1,673 individual skills were evaluated in 2014.
2. 155 individual skills were completed through education in lieu of CPE at Canadian education
programs in 2014.
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Candidate Eligibility Assessment
The NDAEB has a mechanism in place to fairly assess the eligibility of all applicants to write the
national exam. Graduates of programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada
are granted exam eligibility without further verification. Graduates of Canadian non-accredited dental
assisting education programs must have their academic credentials assessed in comparison to the
NDAEB standard. The process requires Canadian non-accredited institutions to submit curricula for
assessment by the NDAEB on behalf of their students every five years and to complete a program
survey annually.
Graduates of dental assisting programs in the United States are required to submit academic records for
assessment by the NDAEB. The NDAEB contacts the education program directly and requests
curriculum information to confirm the program included all content found in the NDAEB Domain
Description. U.S. program graduates are required to successfully complete the written exam and the
Clinical Practice Evaluation, or attend voluntary education upgrading in Canada in lieu of the CPE, to
attain the NDAEB certificate.
Graduates of foreign programs, including allied dental professionals (dentists and hygienists), are
required to submit academic records and a report from one of three credentials assessment agencies in
Canada recognized by the NDAEB (ICES, IQAS or WES) for assessment by the Candidate Eligibility
Assessment Committee (CEAC). International applicants are required to successfully complete the
written exam and the Clinical Practice Evaluation, or attend voluntary education upgrading in Canada in
lieu of the CPE, to attain the NDAEB certificate.
In addition to considering the eligibility of candidates to write the NDAEB exam, the CEAC considers
requests for special testing accommodations related to learning disabilities and requests for alternate
testing dates for religious reasons.
The table below reflects the number of candidates granted special testing accommodations in 2014.
Special Accommodations for
Learning Disabilities / Disorders
Alternate Exam Date
for Religious Reasons
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2
Testing accommodations provided in 2014 included extra time, an exam reader and a quiet room.
Candidates requesting testing accommodations must submit a report from a psychologist or learning
disabilities specialist, confirming the nature of their disability/disorder and recommendations for special
testing accommodations.
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The table below reflects the number of foreign trained applicants who were granted exam eligibility in
2014; their countries of origin; and, their dental education category (dental assistant, dentist or hygienist).
Country
Where Education
Completed
Bangladesh
Brazil
Colombia
Chile
China
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Egypt
El Salvador
Germany
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Lebanon
Libya
Macedonia
Madagascar
Pakistan
Mexico
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Republic of Serbia
Republic of Yemen
Russia
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United States
Venezuela
Total
Dentist
Dental Assistant
Dental Hygienist
2
3
2
1
1
1
3
6
1
1
3
48
2
3
3
1
1
1
1
2
3
1
43
1
1
1
2
1
3
1
2
2
6
3
146
7
3
Note: 2 foreign trained applicants were denied exam eligibility in 2014.
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Certificates Issued to Date
34,735 NDAEB certificates have been issued as of December 31, 2014.
Appeals
In 2014, the appeals committee heard seven appeals arising from the Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE)
and two arising from the written exam. Two appeals related to the CPE were granted on procedural
grounds. The remainder were denied. One appeal arising from the written exam was granted due to
unfavourable conditions which the appellant found distracting. The remaining appeals were denied.
Candidates whose appeals are granted do not receive the NDAEB certificate; however, they are provided
a subsequent attempt on the exam or CPE at no cost and the attempt from which the appeal arose is
expunged from the candidate’s file.
Looking Ahead
At the 2010 Annual General Meeting, the Board approved a business plan for the period 2011 to 2015
which included the following goals:
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➢
To validate the reliability of the Clinical Practice Evaluation (Ongoing)
➢
To conduct a national occupational analysis of dental assistants in Canada
(2014 - Completed).
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To convert the NDAEB office to a paperless environment by 2015 (Ongoing).
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To validate the current Domain Description for Dental Assisting in relation to the National
Occupational Standard (2015).
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BOARD LIST
Board of Directors
Dr. Daniel Albert, DDS, Canadian Dental Association
Ms. Susan Anholt, RDA, BA, Saskatchewan Dental Assistants’ Association
Mr. Raymond Bucoy, CDA II, Educator, Non-accredited Programs
Ms. Calla Effa, RDA, Canadian Dental Assistants’ Association
Ms. Armenia Evaristo, RDA, Manitoba Dental Association
Dr. Michael F. Horsman, DDS, New Brunswick Dental Society
Ms. Elaine McKay, RDA, Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada
Ms. Paula Parsons, CDA, Newfoundland & Labrador Dental Board
Ms. Leslie Riva, CDA, College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia
Ms. Donna Rushton, RDA, Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia
Ms. Jennifer Tewes, RDA, College of Alberta Dental Assistants
Ms. Carey Thomson, RDA, Educator – Accredited Programs
Ms. Gladys Vivian, BSW, Public Member
Dr. Ray Wenn, DDS, Dental Council of Prince Edward Island
Student Representative (Non-Voting)
Ms. April Delaney, CDA (NL)
COMMITTEES
Officers
Ms. Jennifer Tewes, RDA, President
Ms. Leslie Riva, CDA, Vice President
Ms. Parsons, CDA, Past President
Candidate Eligibility Assessment Committee
Mr. Raymond Bucoy, CDA II, Chairperson
Ms. Carey Thomson, RDA, Member
Appeals Committee
Ms. Gladys Vivian, BSW, Chairperson
Dr. Daniel Albert, DDS, Member
Ms. April Delaney, CDA, Member
Bylaws Committee
Ms. Susan Anholt, DA, BA, Chairperson
Dr. Ray Wenn, DDS, Member
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Written Exam Committee
Ms. Donna Selski, CDA/RDA, MA (LAT) Chief Examiner (BC)
Ms. Monique Blais, CDA II, Member (ON)
Ms. Cynthia Martin, RDA, Member (AB)
Item Writers
Ms. Erin Nkeyasen, RDA (SK)
Ms. Agnes MacKenzie-Hull, RDA (NS)
Ms. Lois Bergs, RDA (MB)
Ms. Heather Francisco, CDA II (ON)
Sgt. Martine Leboeuf, CDA II (RCDC)
Ms. Melanie Smiley, RDA, (NS)
Translation Sub-Committee
Ms. Monique Blais, CDA II (ON)
Ms. Nicole Lavoie, CDA II (ON)
Clinical Practice Evaluation Committee
Ms. Michele Rosko, CDA, B Ed, Chief Evaluator (BC)
Ms. Nicole Lavoie, CDA II, Member (ON)
Ms. Nina Lobb, RDA, Member (SK)
Ms. Julie Ambrose, RDA, Member (PEI)
Ms. Crystal Sidoruk, RDA, Member (AB)
Nominations Committee
Ms. Paula Parsons, CDA, Past President, Chairperson
Dr. Daniel Albert, DDS, Member
Audit Committee
Ms. Susan Anholt, RDA, BA, Chairperson
Ms. Elaine McKay, RDA, Member
Dr. Ray Wenn, DDS, Member
STAFF
Chief Administrative Officer & Registrar
Mr. Dave Lamb
Administrative Staff
Ms. Cécile Chrétien-Flemig, Administrative Assistant
Ms. France Ferreira, Clinical Practice Evaluation Coordinator
Ms. Jamie-Lynn Kluke, BA, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Cathy Smith, Written Exam Coordinator
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The notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
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The notes are an integral part of these financial statements.
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