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In 2005, the American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX) was established. ADEX consists of state and U.S. territory licensing jurisdictions which are responsible for the ongoing development of the ADEX Dental and Dental Hygiene Examinations. The examinations are available for use by the individual state and regional testing agencies on behalf of their member states. Currently, NERB and the states of Nevada and Florida administer the ADEX exams, while CITA, SRTA, WREB, CRDTS, Delaware and Virgin Islands administer their own examinations. Learn more at

Preparing for the Exam—Location and Expense

Preparing for your state clinical licensing exam requires careful planning. Allowing enough time for the application process and patient selection is imperative. Plus, exam fees and liability insurance can be costly, and for those who need to travel to the exam, travel costs for both the candidate and the patients (who may also be paid) need to be considered. Below is an outline of the various clinical licensing examinations with cost and travel implications.  As sites and fees can change, be sure to contact each state/region for the most up-to-date information.

The ADA Office of Student Affairs conducted a short survey of testing agencies spring 2011 to obtain the information in the table below. U.S. Virgin Islands did not respond to the survey and information was obtained from other sources.



Testing Location



Application: Download online

CITA supplies malpractice insurance

$1,000 - $1,175 (does not include dental facility fees)

University of Alabama Louisiana State University
University of North Carolina
University of Puerto Rico

Visit for current schedule


Application: Apply online or download

CRDTS supplies malpractice insurance

Dental exam $1,900

University of Iowa
University of Minnesota
University of Nebraska
University of Illinois
University of Colorado
Creighton University
Georgia Health Sciences University
Southern Illinois University

Visit for current schedule


Application: Apply online

NERB supplies malpractice insurance


Boston University
Case Western University
Columbia University
University of Connecticut University of Detroit-Mercy Harvard University
Howard University
Indiana University 
University of Maryland 
University of Michigan
Midwestern University -AZ
University of Mississippi
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
New York University
Nove Southeastern University 
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Ohio State
SUNY Stony Brook
Temple University 
Tufts University 
Dalhousie University (Canada)

Varies by school, commonly in February, August, September, October, December

Visit for current schedule 


Application: Apply online

SRTA supplies liability insurance 

$1,950 (does not include dental facility fees)

West Virginia University
Medical University of South Carolina
University of Kentucky
University of Tennessee
Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Louisville
Meharry Medical College

Varies by school, commonly in February, March, April, May, June, October, December

Contact SRTA for current schedule


Application: Apply online or download hard copy from website

WREB supplies liability insurance

$1,760 (does not include exam site fees, which vary by school)

Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Baylor University
Boston University 
Case Western University 
Creighton University 
Loma Linda University 
Midwestern - AZ
New York University
Oregon Health Sciences University
Temple University 
SUNY Buffalo
University of Colorado
University of Louisville
University of Nevada Las Vegas
University of Oklahoma
University of the Pacific
University of Southern California
University of Texas-Houston
University of Texas-San Antonio
University of Washington 
Western University of Health Sciences 


Visit for current schedule

State of Delaware Board of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene
Click on "Dental"

Application: Download PDF

Requires candidate to obtain malpractice insurance


Delaware Technical Community College, Dental Lab, Wilmington, DE

January, June

U.S. Virgin Islands*


St. Thomas

June, November

Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners

Application: Download PDF

Nevada administrers the ADEX and accepts the WREB exams


University of Nevada – Las Vegas

Visit for current schedule

National Dental Examining Board of Canada (OSCE Exam)

Application: Apply online

$2,000 (Canadian)

Boston, Minnesota
Note: Minnesota is the only state that accepts the OSCE exam for U.S. licensure.

Visit for current schedule
 *As of August 2011

Disclaimer: We are providing information here that may not be accurate or complete when you view it; you should not rely on this summary but check with the state licensing authorities to get complete and up-to-date information. Please visit the American Association of Dental Boards for current state licensure requirements and information.