Yearly Archives: 2021

Webinar Highlights Outcomes in Simulated Licensure Examinations

For immediate release, August 19, 2021 | Linthicum Heights, MD

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Representatives of 34 state dental boards attended the CDCA-WREB hosted webinar detailing two years of independently evaluated data comparing patient and non-patient-based examinations delivered by The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments and the Western Regional Examining Board.

Dental and Dental Hygiene leaders for both examinations detailed the similarities in candidate performance when comparing outcomes of patient-based exams and simulated patient examinations in the 2020 and 2021seasons. The results offered further support for unified national examination administration with complementary psychomotor clinical and OSCE didactic components. The now joined agencies will deliver the ADEX and WREB examinations through 2022 while preparing to transition to ADEX only in 2023 and beyond. 

Key details of the ADEX simulated patient examinations were also shared, including refinements based on field experience to the CompeDont™ tooth, used in the restorative portion of the ADEX examinations in dentistry and the ADEX-approved dental hygiene typodont. 

Click the video to watch the entire webinar. To request additional information for your board, click here.

CDCA, WREB Announce Merger

Union joins two most prominent licensure testing agencies in the dental professions, simplifies national examination pathway

For immediate release, August 4, 2021 | Linthicum Heights, MD

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The Commission on Dental Competency Assessment and the Western Regional Examining Board, the two leading dental competency assessment organizations in the United States, are pleased to announce that the final steps to complete the previously announced merger have been completed. 

WREB’s member states, represented by their members of the Dental Exam Review Board (DERB) and Hygiene Exam Review Board (HERB), met on July 21 and heard the details of the proposed merger.  They voted unanimously to support the merger.

The CDCA’s General Assembly met on August 3rd and also voted unanimously to approve the Plan of Merger along with linked Constitution and Bylaws changes that support the new organization and fully incorporate WREB examiners.

Effective immediately, the new organization will be known as CDCA-WREB. Together the agency will simplify the needs of boards, licensure candidates, and schools as we continue to serve the oral health professions.

“We come together with 100 years combined experience between the two organizations…when you look at the simplification for educators and consistency for the students, it’s going to be a great marriage for the two organizations to come together,” proclaimed CDCA Board of Directors Chairman, Dr. Harvey Weingarten.

WREB President Dr. Robert Lauf agreed, stating that, “Portability is definitely the key to this union. We are very excited in providing a national examination for the dental and dental hygiene programs.”

Click the video above to view the full statement from CDCA-WREB leadership.