OSAP, DANB, and the DALE Foundation have launched a new scholarship to help dental professionals get certified in infection prevention and control.

In a collaborative effort to champion dental infection control, the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP), the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), and the DALE Foundation have launched the OSAP-DANB-DALE Foundation Andrew Whitehead Education and Certification Scholarship.

The scholarship was specifically created to provide infection prevention and control education and certification to dental professionals.

The scholarship is open to all dental professionals with at least 1,040 hours of work experience. Scholarship recipients will receive access to educational materials and will have the certification exam fees covered to become Certified in Dental Infection Prevention and Control (CDIPC) or Dental Industry Specialist in Infection Prevention and Control (DISIPC) certified.

The CDIPC certification is for individuals who practice clinically or manage, train, or consult individuals who practice clinically, and the DISIPC is for dental professionals who do not work in clinical settings.

This scholarship honors the impact of OSAP founder Andrew Whitehead on the field and addresses the need to remove financial barriers in accessing infection prevention and control knowledge, according to OSAP. By supporting education and certification, OSAP, DANB, and the DALE Foundation are seeking to support dental professionals so they are well positioned to ensure the ongoing safety and well-being of both patients and practitioners.

Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2024, and winners will be selected by June 1, 2024.

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