COVID-19 Announcements

Use of Ultrasonic/High-Speed Instruments

(Release Date (8/10/2020)

Effective September 1, 2020, the CDCA will permit candidates for dental and dental hygiene licensure to utilize high-speed handpieces and/or ultrasonic devices in examination settings with the following provision:

When used while treating a patient, high-speed suction must also be provided by an assistant or by other equivalent processes.

Requirements for high-speed evacuation do not apply when these devices are used in manikin examinations.

To view the entire policy, click here or visit the exam pages.

Additional Seats Available for Computerized OSCE Testing

(Release Date 6/26/2020)

As Prometric, the computerized testing partner of the CDCA, reopens testing locations additional seats are now available to candidates.

Candidates still needing to schedule a DSE OSCE, CSCE OSCE or other computerized examination or seeking to test sooner are encouraged to check the Prometric site often. Availability is first come, first served.

Click here to visit the Prometric schedule.

Notice regarding “Open” sites

(Release Date 5/8/2020)

Candidates registered for examinations at open sites who are not students of that institution are advised to seek guidance on travel that may restrict them from participating. A school currently listed as open site reserves the right to become a closed site during this time of varying state rules and requirements. The CDCA will notify you via email should your tentative registration need to be rescheduled to another exam site.

Testing Seats Open as CDCA Candidates Among Those Considered “Essential”

(Release Date 4/22/2020)

Candidates seeking CDCA administered OSCE examinations for licensure in the oral professions will be granted priority scheduling at Prometric sites through June 1st.

The announcement today by the computerized testing company is a direct result of efforts to identify “essential workforce” professions. The designation helps candidates in identified industries get access to testing in locations where seating is limited due to social distancing measures remaining in place.

A limited number of testing sites will open May 1 for essential testing only. The CDCA advises candidates assigned dates months in the future to again contact Prometric to request essential scheduling.

Prometric Closures Extended Through April 30th

(Release Date 4/10/2020)

Prometric, the computerized testing partner for many ADEX and CDCA developed examinations, announced today an extension of COVID-19 related closures.

The announcement reads in part, “Prometric has closely monitored the ever-changing events associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus in countries around the world, and has made decisions impacting our site and corporate operations based on ordinances from local, state, and federal governments, as well as recommendations from the CDC and WHO. Early after the situation was officially characterized as a pandemic, we made the difficult but necessary decision to close all Prometric test centers in the U.S. and Canada until April 16th. Based on updated information and after careful consideration, we have decided to extend the closure of test centers in the U.S. and Canada until May 1st.

Impacted candidates should expect an email from Prometric regarding scheduled examinations. Visit Prometric’s Coronavirus page for more information.

Adjusted Exam Schedules Posted

(Release Date 4/1/2020)

Schedules of many examinations delivered by CDCA are impacted by COVID-19. In coordination with institutions, examinations are being rescheduled as possible locally. Schedules are continuously updated and are subject to change. Click below to find your updates if available.

Prometric Suspends Computerized Testing

(Release Date 3/17/20)

Please be advised of the following statement received today from Prometric, our testing partner for the administration of the ADEX DSE/CSCE OSCE, local anesthesia and nitrous oxide examinations:

“Prometric has determined it is necessary and appropriate to close our test centers in the United States and Canada for a period of 30 days, starting today on March 17. This dramatic step is necessary in order to comply with this new federal guidance as well as to further protect the health and well-being of the individual test takers and the staff that provide services at each of our testing locations.  We anticipate re-opening our test centers effective April 16, however, please note that the specific date will be dependent on circumstances that are changing daily.” You may visit Prometric’s Coronavirus page for more information.

There will be no fees for schedule changes directly related to COVID-19.

CDCA will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

If you have any questions or concerns you may contact us for additional assistance, or contact your school coordinator.

CDCA Suspends School-Based Examinations

(Release Date 3/13/20)

Given the ever-increasing public health risks associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the CDCA will postpone all school-based examinations starting Monday, March 16th until Sunday, April 12th, 2020. This action is aimed at protecting the health and safety of not only candidates and patients, but also the schools we support, staff, and general population. At this time, the schedules of examinations outside of the affected date window will not be impacted unless requested by the schools. The CDCA will continue to monitor developments during this time of rapidly evolving information and will re-assess the resumption of activities if necessary.

It is important to note the administration of the ADEX DSE/CSCE OSCEs, local anesthesia and nitrous oxide examinations takes place at Prometric computer testing sites nationwide and are NOT impacted by this announcement. Candidates are advised to refer to  for information concerning any affected locations. There will be no fees for schedule changes directly related to COVID-19.

The CDCA is committed to serving each of the schools and candidates with exams that are postponed. The CDCA is proud of its flexible policies for candidates which will continue as we work to reschedule each of these exams. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions or concerns you may contact us for additional assistance, or contact your school coordinator.