COVID-19 Announcements

Prometric Masking UPDATE

(Release Date 5/21/21)


“In some states, executive orders prohibit government agencies and institutions of higher education, respectively, and their officials from mandating face coverings or restricting activities in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

The mandates apply to those state’s universities, but not to private companies. Prometric’s position is to keep the mask requirement, where allowed, to maintain standardization and safety measures across our network as much as possible. 

As a private company, Prometric will continue to require everyone who comes to one of our global testing centers (that are not connected with state government agencies) to wear an approved face covering for the duration of their time at the location. 

Individuals not in compliance with this policy will not be allowed to sit for their scheduled appointment. We will also continue to maintain social distancing protocols in common areas, where barriers are not provided.

That said, Prometric does operate some sites on state universities in states where these policies have been enacted.  In some instances, those university policies mandate that we must allow the university to drop the mask requirement, which would apply to that particular site.  Candidates will still be allowed to wear masks according to their comfort level at these sites, but masks will not be mandatory.”

Prometric Masking Requirements

(Release Date 3/18/21)

All candidates scheduled for computerized examinations should be advised of the following statement from Prometric regarding masking requirements inside Prometric facilities:

At this time Prometric has a “continued requirement of proper face coverings at our test centers despite that at this point roughly 20 states in the US have rolled back mask mandates and some international mandates. Prometric does not promise candidates or clients that we have additional masks if they forget one. This policy is in accordance with Prometric’s documented Safety Plan and the continuing guidance from leading public health officials that state wearing face coverings, along with other precautions, significantly reduces the risk of coronavirus transmission.”

Advisory to Candidates

(Release Date 2/8/21)

CDCA is actively delivering examinations for the Winter/Spring of 2021. In concert with the many jurisdictions and schools we serve, we highly recommend candidates continue to monitor for any travel advisories or precautions that may impact upcoming examinations.

Candidates are first advised to refer to the examination calendar for school-related updates posted as they are received. The CDCA Candidate Services team will contact any individuals potentially affected by schedule changes.

A Message to Candidates from the CDCA

(Release Date 11/17/2020)

You may have received information regarding COVID-19 advisories and precautions that may impact your school’s clinic or planned examination site.  

As we have since this pandemic began, CDCA will remain in touch with jurisdictions across the US, and with the schools we serve to ensure that all examinations are carried out in a safe environment when it is deemed appropriate to do so.

If you are already scheduled for an exam or are planning to register in the spring, we want to assure you of three things:

  1. Should your in-clinic exam be postponed, your registration will carry over to the date it is next scheduled to take place.
  2. Prometric will assist you in rescheduling any postponed computerized (OSCE) examination.
  3. Most importantly, should you have questions, please visit to submit a questions to our candidate services team.

CDCA will continue to share up to date information regarding acceptance of non-patient based examinations via our interactive ADEX Acceptance & Portability Map tool.

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.