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New! ADEA Entry-level Competencies for Allied Dental Professionals

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The last ADEA Competencies for Entry into the Allied Dental Professions was released in 2011. The new and updated document, ADEA Entry-level Competencies for Allied Dental Professionals, reflects the collaborative and intraprofessional nature now expected of the dental workforce. This document addresses the core competencies expected for the allied dental professions (dental assisting, dental hygiene and dental laboratory technology) that provide characteristics of conduct found among all dental professionals.

Experts in each of the three profession groups from dental assisting, dental hygiene and dental laboratory technology crafted specific competencies for their individual disciplines. The discipline-specific competencies relate to specific scopes of practice. The 2023 ADEA Entry-level Competencies for Allied Dental Professionals is futuristic and visionary and is intended for use by new and existing programs for future innovation, growth and expansion. This framework embraces the intent of high-quality and culturally aware care for all persons.

The document was approved by the ADEA House of Delegates during the 2023 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

Published on April 12, 2023

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