CDCA Newsroom

  • Webinar Highlights 2021 ADEX Dental Hygiene Exams for State Boards
    A new CDCA-produced webinar highlights the outcomes of Dental Hygiene exam parts, including the MTCE non-patient portion utilizing the ADEX approved typodont, first offered in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch now to hear about enhancements set for release in the 2021 examination season.
  • Nominations for Outstanding Service Honor Sought
    For immediate release, October 1, 2020 | Linthicum Heights, MD Direct inquiries to (NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2021 AWARD HAVE CLOSED.) Nominations can now be
  • Dental State Board Members participate in Nationwide Webinar
    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.
  • Feedback, Personal Stories Indicate Appreciation For Non-Patient Examinations
    When the first licensure examinations in dentistry using the CompeDont™ DTX took place, few candidates felt they knew what to expect. Now, some are sharing their personal experiences to reassure others that will soon follow.
  • ADEX Approves Non-Patient Clinical Examination Option for Dental Hygiene
    The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) will soon be able to offer dental hygiene licensure candidates a new option to demonstrate readiness for practice. The American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX) approved the use of a typodont for clinical examinations last week after reviewing an analysis and feasibility study.
  • State Boards Participate in CDCA Town Hall Webinar
    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.
  • ADEX Approves CompeDont(TM) Non-Patient Based Exam Alternative
    The American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX) will allow candidates for dental licensure to choose a non-patient-based restorative examination option to demonstrate readiness for practice. This format utilizes the CompeDont™ DTX, a new manikin tooth technology developed by the CDCA and Acadental, Inc.
  • ADEX Accepted by California for Dental Licensure
    We are pleased to share the news that California will now allow candidates who pass the ADEX examination in dentistry to move forward with initial licensure. The announcement comes after a Standards Compliance and Certification Review of the ADEX Dental examination conducted by the Office of Professional Examination Services.
  • CDCA Advances OSCE Technology
    The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) is introducing high-fidelity (alternative) item types to the ADEX Dental Skills Examination (DSE) OSCE. The purpose of introducing these new kinds of questions to further enhance the measurement of diagnosis, treatment planning, and other dental knowledge, clinical judgment, skills of licensure candidates. The CDCA anticipates psychometrically validated AITs will appear beside previously evaluated examination questions beginning in early 2020.
  • Hurricane Displaced Dentists Take Special ADEX Examination
    Starting over after a hurricane is a daunting task. The CDCA stepped in to assist dentists impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in a unique way.
  • ADEX Patient-Centered Examinations available via CDCA
    The Patient Centered CIF exam was approved by ADEX in 2014 and piloted five times at the University at Buffalo between January and May 2015. While the exam included the same content, scoring, and criteria of all other ADEX examinations, the Patient Centered CIF also had several key exam administration modifications. Here’s what you need to know.