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Can I still take the OMAAP?

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The OMAAP has been sunsetted as of December 3rd, 2008 and the DAANCE will be replacing the OMAAP exam. You are no longer able to take the OMAAP exam.

What qualifies DAANCE as a certification program?

Answer:

To ensure that the DAANCE certification examination meets existing professional testing standards, AAOMS follows the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (1999), as published by the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education. The Standards are designed to establish criteria for appropriate development, use, and interpretation of tests. Please note: The duties and functions of the assistants during office anesthesia (e.g. OMS Assistants, RNs, CRNAs, Hygienists, Dental Assistants, etc.) are regulated by specific state law and regulations. This certification exam may or may not be regulated in your state.

Why are you changing the focus of the program from oral and maxillofacial to dental anesthesia?

Answer:

AAOMS offers the DAANCE to the staff of dental professionals with a valid anesthesia permit. Although this program was initially developed by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, there is clearly a need for the training for anesthesia assistants in all dental practices in which anesthesia and sedation are employed. We feel this program would be of the utmost value not only to the OMS office, but any dental office delivering outpatient anesthesia for other dental procedures as well.

When is the deadline to register?

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Applications are accepted year round for the Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination. All other Professional Allied Staff course registration information can be found on the Continuing Education page.

What do I have to do to register?

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Complete the DAANCE Registration Form providing all requested information including signatures and a copy of the front and back of your CPR card. Please note your CPR card must be current for the full 6 months of your eligibility or your registration will not be processed. Submit the form with payment and, if a non-member or non-OMS practitioner, a copy of the surgeon's current anesthesia permit, to Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP/PSI) at the address or fax number listed on the application form.

How long will it take to process my registration?

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It will take three weeks to process your application before you are notified if you are eligible to participate in the course.

If it has been more than three weeks and you haven't received your eligibility notification, please contact AMP/PSI at 888-519-9901 to inquire about your registration status.

Do you accept credit cards?

Answer:

Yes. AMP/PSI will process credit cards and checks.

What manuals are required?

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The $345 course tuition includes the DAANCE Study Guide. Each registrant receives one and the sponsor surgeon receives one with a copy of the quiz answers. Additional suggested readings for DAANCE can be ordered through AAOMS Publications at 800-366-6725, such as the AAOMS Office Anesthesia Evaluation Manual, 8th edition (available in print and electronic formats.)

Are there other test-sites available?

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AAOMS contracts with Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP/PSI) to administer the DAANCE exam. The sites available are determined by AMP/PSI. Participants should review the list of test sites to find the closest site, understanding that it might be in a neighboring state. Please visit the AMP website or call AMP/PSI at 888-519-9901.

When will I get the materials?

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Your eligibility postcard will be mailed approximately three weeks after AMP/PSI receives the DAANCE application form. The DAANCE study guide will arrive after the postcard. The sponsor surgeon will also receive a DAANCE study guide with a sealed envelope labeled, DAANCE Quiz Module Answers.

How long is the program?

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The program runs 6 months. The examination must be completed by the date printed on your eligibility postcard.

When will I get the results of the test and proof of certification?

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Each participant will receive a score report immediately after finishing the exam. It will indicate the overall score and scores by content areas. Successful participants receive proof of certification and lapel pin at the end of the following month after passing the exam.

What if I fail the examination?

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Those participants who fail the exam may register for a re-test. The retest application is located at the bottom of your score report and it must be completed and sent to AMP/PSI within 30 days. There is an $85 retest fee and you will have six months to study and take the exam again.

What if I fail the retest?

Answer:

Participants who are unsuccessful on both exam opportunities may chose to enroll in the program at a later time. The registration process is the same and the full registration fee is required.

How many CE credits are awarded?

Answer:

Thirty-six Continuing Dental Education Credits are awarded through AAOMS after passing the examination.

What if I lose my pin or certificate?

Answer:

Replacement pins are available for a fee of $10. There is no charge for replacement certificates.

How many questions of each content category can be found on the examination?

Answer:

Content Category # of Items
Apply Knowledge of Basic Sciences 15
Evaluate and Prepare Patient 20
Assist in Administration of Anesthetic Drugs 18
Prepare Anesthesia Equipment and Preform Patient Monitoring 22
Assist with Emergency Treatment and Protocols 25