DANB Launches Online HR Fundamentals Course

CHICAGO (Feb. 23, 2011) – The Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB) has released a new online professional development course covering human resources for general and specialty dental practices. DANB's Assessment-Based Certificate Program (ABCP): HR Fundamentals is an interactive e-learning course designed for dental office managers, dental assistants, receptionists and hygienists. Dentists with varying degrees of knowledge in human resources of the dental office may also benefit from taking this course.

DANB's ABCP: HR Fundamentals can be purchased at www.danb.org/learning. The course costs $100, and learners who successfully complete the post-course assessment are able to print a certificate of completion and earn 6 DANB Continuing Dental Education (CDE) credits.

The course covers topics such as planning for current and future staff, and analyzing staffing needs as they relate to office structure and developing clear job descriptions. Other important subjects include identifying legal human resources issues, recognizing components in the interviewing and hiring process, identifying elements of employee benefit and compensation plans, and more. Learners will be able to apply these concepts and obtain resources to use in their dental practices.

"Human resources management is a critical component to running a successful dental practice," notes Kathy Stack, Assistant Director, Education. "Proper human resources management can increase a dental practice's bottom line, as well as improve overall patient care. We are pleased to deliver this important online course for the dental team."

For members of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM), DANB's ABCPs will also meet some of the requirements for Fellowship in AADOM. Interested dental office managers can learn more about AADOM membership and Fellowship in AADOM by visiting www.dentalmanagers.com.

DANB's ABCP: HR Fundamentals is DANB's fourth online course. DANB's Conventional Dental Radiography Review Course and DANB's ABCP: Accounts Receivable launched in January 2010, and DANB's RHS Review Course debuted in September 2010. All of DANB's online courses can be purchased at www.danb.org/learning.

In spring 2011, DANB's e-learning courses will be rebranded and launched through the Dental Auxiliary Learning and Education Foundation (The DALE Foundation). The DALE Foundation was incorporated in March 2010, as a DANB-affiliated, but separately incorporated nonprofit foundation. The DALE Foundation was formed to benefit the public by providing quality education and conducting sound research to promote oral health.

For more information about DANB, visit www.danb.org.