What is the OSAP-DANB-DALE Foundation Collaboration?
The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP), the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and the DALE Foundation are working on a comprehensive infection control education and credentialing initiative. The collaboration includes four elements:
- A four-step educational program and assessment
- A professional certification designed for the dental team and other clinicians, including infection control coordinators
- An industry certification intended for consultants, sales representatives, corporate educators and other professionals who work for the companies that manufacture or distribute dental infection control products
- A series of jointly developed interactive online Continuing Dental Education ArticlesTM for anyone who is looking to learn more about infection control topics and earn CE credits
Where do I start?
Right now, you can begin with the educational program: the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate ProgramTM. If you haven’t already, you can get started with step 1*: Understanding CDC’s Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings.
When you’re ready, you can move on to step 2. In step 2* you choose the product that is right for you based on your preferred learning style – select one of the options listed:
- The DALE Foundation’s DANB® ICE® Review course ($130) – online
- From Policy to Practice: OSAP’s Guide to the CDC Guidelines ($95 member, $150 non-member) – paper and online
- OSAP’s OSHA & CDC Guidelines Interact Training System ($95 member, $150 non-member) – paper and online
- OSAP’s Dental Infection Control Boot Camp™ ($395-$550 member, $595-$750 non-member) – 3-day in-person
By December 1, 2019, the following options will also qualify for completion of step two:
- Graduate from a CODA-accredited dental school, dental hygiene program, dental assisting program or dental laboratory technology program
- Hold a graduate degree in microbiology or other life science with course work in infection prevention and control from an educational institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (or similar federal agency in another country)
*Steps 1 and 2 of this OSAP-DALE Foundation certificate program may be taken in either order.
After completing the first two steps, you will receive more information about accessing Step 3, the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control eHandbookTM (also known as the OSAP-DALE Foundation eHandbook). Once you complete this eHandbook, you will receive more information about accessing step four, the OSAP-DALE Foundation eHandbook AssessmentTM.
From there, you may go on to earn one (or both!) of the OSAP-DANB certifications:
- The OSAP-DANB Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and ControlTM (CDIPCTM) professional certification is for dental team and other clinicians – especially infection control coordinators – as well as educators, consultants and risk managers
- The OSAP-DANB Dental Industry Specialist in Infection Prevention and ControlTM (DISIPCTM) certification is intended for consultants, sales representatives, corporate educators and other professionals who work for the companies that manufacture or distribute dental infection control products
Where can I buy the OSAP-DALE Foundation eHandbook?
The OSAP-DALE Foundation eHandbook was launched in May 2019. You will only be eligible to purchase this eHandbook after you have completed steps 1 and 2. Those who have completed steps 1 and 2 will be notified by email with instructions.
Where can I buy the OSAP-DALE Foundation eHandbook Assessment?
You will only be eligible to access the OSAP-DALE Foundation eHandbook Assessment after you have completed the first three steps of the educational program. Those who have completed steps the first three steps will be notified when this eHandbook Assessment is available.
I attended the OSAP Boot Camp many years ago. Does this count toward the step two?
If you attended OSAP Boot Camp in 2013 or later, this would count for step two. If you attended OSAP Boot Camp earlier than 2013, contact us.
How do I register for the OSAP Boot Camp? Do I need to be an OSAP member to register?
You can register for the OSAP Boot Camp online. You do not need to be a member to attend, although members do benefit from discounted pricing. The next OSAP Dental Infection Control Boot Camp is scheduled for January 27-29, 2020 in Chicago, IL. Registration will open in the summer of 2019.
Why should I pursue any of these programs?
There are many reasons to pursue one of these programs. One main reason is for your professional growth – to expand your expertise in dental infection control and demonstrate your knowledge-based competence in these areas. Completing one of these groundbreaking programs will set you apart to employers and patients.
Which option is right for me?
It depends on your goals, your educational background and your experience. Right now, you can get started with the first steps of the OSAP-DALE Foundation Dental Infection Prevention and Control Certificate ProgramTM. Some may wish to stop there. However, if you would like to earn a certification and be able to add a professional designation after your name, you may wish to pursue the OSAP-DANB Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and ControlTM (CDIPCTM) or the OSAP-DANB Dental Industry Specialist in Infection Prevention and ControlTM (DISIPCTM) certification programs.
Which certification (DISIPC or CDIPC) should I earn?
The answer depends on your background and experience. For dental team members, educators, or consultants, the CDIPC certification may be right for you. The DISIPC certification is intended for sales representatives, corporate educators and other professionals who work for the companies that manufacture or distribute dental infection control products. If you have background and experience in both of these areas, you may wish to pursue both certifications. Additional information about the requirements and pathways to be eligible will be coming in 2019. In the meantime, you can get started on the OSAP-DALE Foundation educational program.
Do you need to hold DANB's CDA certification to earn the CDIPC certification?
The CDIPC eligibility pathways are still being developed. However, holding CDA certification will be one of the many ways to be eligible to earn CDIPC certification.
What will be required to maintain the CDIPC or DISIPC certification?
It is important to note that one is not “certified for life.” In order to continue to be authorized to use the DISIPC or CDIPC certification marks, the individual must meet certification renewal requirements defined by the OSAP-DANB-DALE Foundation Collaboration.
The renewal requirements, including earning CE credits, will be spelled out in the recertification requirements document (available in early 2020). Among the CE options that will be listed are the OSAP-DALE Foundation interactive, online Continuing Dental Education Articles (CDEA®) modules that address key topics to help dental infection preventionists stay current and will count toward recertification requirements, such as:
- General Aspects of Instrument Processing
- Understanding CDC’s Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings
New OSAP-DALE Foundation CDEA modules in other dental infection prevention and control topics will be added to the CE catalog annually. Other sources of collaboration-approved CE will also be accepted in meeting annual requirements for renewal of OSAP-DANB certification.
What is the difference between a certificate program, a certification, and a credential?
These words may sound similar, but they have different meanings.
A credential is the umbrella term for licensure, registration, professional certification or anything else that provides the basis for confidence in an individual’s competency or proficiency in a subject area or profession.
A certificate program is a training or education program on a particular topic. Typically, participants receive a certificate for completing the program. Any required assessment is linked to specific educational learning objectives. Participants do not receive credentials or letters after their name for completing a certificate program.
Certification is a voluntary process by which a non-governmental entity grants a time-limited recognition and use of a credential to an individual after verifying that he or she has met predetermined and standardized criteria. The certification exam is built from a weighted exam outline based on the results of a formal job analysis. Only those who meet all certification requirements (including periodic renewal requirements) are authorized to use a specific certification mark (in this case, DISIPC or CDIPC).
What if I have more questions?
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