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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

Direct inquiries to sbeeler@cdcaexams.org

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.


Webinar Highlights 2021 ADEX Dental Hygiene Exams for State Boards

For immediate release, October 30, 2020 | Linthicum Heights, MD

Direct inquiries to sbeeler@cdcaexams.org

Dental and Dental Hygiene Board and Executive Board Staff from at least 33 jurisdictions across the United States participated with us virtually to learn about ADEX licensure pathways for the upcoming year.

The ADEX Dental Hygiene Examination consists of two parts, a computerized Objective Structured Clinical Examination (CSCE OSCE) and in-clinic skills evaluation, Patient Treatment Clinical Examination (PTCE) or Manikin Treatment Clinical Examination (MTCE).

The CDCA-produced webinar highlighted the outcomes each exam part, including the MTCE non-patient portion utilizing the ADEX approved typodont, first offered in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also provided information regarding enhancements set for release in the 2021 examination season.

CDCA Board of Directors Vice-Chair Dr. Mark Armstrong, Assistant Director of Examinations Dr. Stuart Blumenthal, and Senior Advisor Pat Connolly-Atkins, RDH explained how modifications to the typodont will increase the fidelity of the non-patient examination. A similar event detailing options for 2021 dental examinations took place in September.

Through highly coordinated efforts with schools, CDCA has been able to deliver patient, non-patient or hybrid examinations where local and state regulations permit.

CDCA representatives are available to support state boards at upcoming meetings on request. Click here to contact us.


Dental State Board Members participate in Nationwide Webinar

For immediate release, September 2, 2020 | Linthicum Heights, MD

Direct inquiries to sbeeler@cdcaexams.org

State Dental Board members from across the United States and other participating ADEX jurisdictions took part in a webcast produced by the CDCA detailing pathways to Dental Licensure on September 1st. The hour-long event provided attendees the opportunity to learn about both patient and non-patient based opportunities.

The event provided key metrics surrounding the outcomes of non-patient based dental licensure examinations utilizing the CompeDont™ in the 2020 testing season. The product is used for skills demonstration in both anterior and posterior restorative dentistry competence testing.

The CompeDont™ is the only currently used simulated tooth developed and studied for use in licensure examinations before the COVID-19 pandemic.

View the 2021 Pathways to licensure webinar here

CDCA Board of Directors Chairman Dr. Harvey Weingarten and participating panelists Vice-Chair Dr. Mark Armstrong and Senior Advisor Dr. Guy Shampaine described soon-to-be-released enhanced features that further increase the fidelity of the simulated tooth. To expedite accessibility to this information, a recording is available. A similar event detailing options for 2021 dental hygiene candidates is planned.

The CDCA strives to be a partner to boards looking for assistance in the charting of pathways to licensure and is available to support state boards at upcoming meetings on request.


State Boards Participate in CDCA Town Hall Webinar

For immediate release, April 15, 2020 | Linthicum Heights, MD

Direct inquiries to sbeeler@cdcaexams.org

Nearly 200 State Dental Board members from 49 jurisdictions took part in a first of its kind webinar offered by the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments Tuesday. The hour-long event provided states with a clear picture of the benefits of the ADEX for dental and dental hygiene licensure.

The event featured information about OSCEs currently in use for both professions and the CompeDont™, a simulated natural tooth recently approved for use in restorative dental examinations. To expedite accessibility to this information, the CDCA has posted a recording of the State Board Town Hall webinar online.

View the CDCA State Board Town Hall webinar here

The CDCA strives to be a partner to boards looking for assistance in the charting of pathways to licensure and is available to support state boards at upcoming meetings on request.