Specialty Exams

CDCA administers examinations for several states in six specialty areas:
  • Endodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

These examinations are not designed to replace the specialty boards, but to qualify successful applicants to practice and to advertise themselves as specialists in the states participating in this specialty examination process. (Currently this includes: Idaho, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Utah.)

These states may require the Specialty Examination administered by the CDCA for specialty licensure. Check with the appropriate state dental board. If the Specialty Exam is required, contact Dr. Ellis Hall at ehall@cdcaexams.org for more information.

Generally other states do not accept this examination for specialty licensure. However, on a case by case basis, some states may request special consideration. For further information, contact Dr. Ellis Hall, Director of Examinations at ehall@cdcaexams.org.


Exam Specifics

The examination will be offered in July2020 (exact date TBD) near the Baltimore/Washington Airport in Maryland.

The examination consists of two parts:

  1. A written multiple choice examination of 160 to 180 questions
  2. Presentation of a series of cases completed by the candidate demonstrating specific treatment planning and technical skills.

Documented cases, models, and case histories must be sent to: Specialty Examination, The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments, 1304 Concourse Drive, Suite 100, Linthicum, MD 21090, and received no later than, April 17, 2020.

A score of 75% or better is required in both parts to pass. If you receive a passing score on the written portion of the American Board in your specialty, the written part of the CDCA exam can be waived. 

If after reading Form D of your application materials, you have additional “Case Specific” questions, you may direct them to Dr. Ellis Hall, Director of Examinations at ehall@cdcaexams.org.

Note: State rules and regulations are constantly changing. To assure the most current licensure requirements, always check with the state dental board in the state where you intend to practice.