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Clinical Testing Agency Membership

Dental Licensure: Clinical Testing Agencies and Independent States

Licensure is a multifaceted system and can take time to fully understand. The ADA can help. This summary is a great start and we strongly recommend you review the licensure laws and regulations from the individual state board websites for real-time information about which examinations are accepted in the state(s) where licensure is sought. Dental hygiene licensure requirements also differ; consult the state regulations for specific dental hygiene information.

The five clinical testing agencies are listed, including 1) states that are members of the regional clinical testing agencies and thereby accept that agency’s examination results for licensure application; and 2) other non-member states that may also accept the results of that examination for licensure. Note: many states are members of multiple clinical testing agencies. Further, a number of states accept results of more than one clinical examination for licensure application.

  • Tip: Testing agencies prefer that individuals email or call with questions, citing email as the first preference.
  • The information provided here is subject to change and was updated in July 2013. It is essential to read the licensure requirements as published by the state board of dentistry, prior to taking an examination or applying.

Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA)
www.citaexam.com

Member States/Territories:
Alabama
Kentucky
Louisiana
North Carolina
Puerto Rico
West Virginia

The following states may also accept CITA examination results:
Colorado
Illinois
Kansas
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
North Dakota
Oregon
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Washington

Central Regional Dental Testing Services, Inc. (CRDTS)
www.crdts.org

Member States:
Colorado
Georgia
Illinois
Iowa
Kansas
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
New Mexico
North Dakota
South Carolina
South Dakota
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

The following states may also accept CRDTS examination results:
Alabama
Connecticut
Idaho
Indiana
Kentucky
Massachusetts
Montana
Ohio
Oregon
South Carolina
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Vermont

Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners (NERB)
American Board of Dental Examiners Dental Examination (ADEX)
(States that accept the ADEX examination also accept the NERB examination results.)
www.nerb.org

Member States:
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Vermont
West Virginia
Wisconsin

The following states may also accept NERB/ADEX examination results:
Alabama
Arkansas
Colorado
Florida
Idaho
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Puerto Rico
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wyoming

Southern Regional Testing Agency, Inc. (SRTA)
www.srta.org

Member States:
Arkansas
Kentucky
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia
West Virginia

The following states may also accept SRTA examination results:
Alabama
Colorado
Connecticut
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
Ohio
Oregon
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Washington
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Western Regional Examining Board (WREB)
www.wreb.org

Member States:
Alaska
Arizona
California
Idaho
Illinois
Kansas
Missouri
Montana
New Mexico
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Oregon
Texas
Utah
Washington
Wyoming
West Virginia (Affiliate member)

The following states may also accept WREB examination results:
Alabama
Colorado
Connecticut
Indiana
Kentucky
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Nebraska
Nevada
Ohio
Oklahoma
South Dakota
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
Wisconsin

Independent States that Administer Clinical Licensing Examinations

Delaware conducts its own practical clinical examination and requires other post graduate education or practice experience as defined by the Board.

New York requires a doctoral degree in dentistry, plus completion of a clinically-based postdoctoral general practice or specialty dental residency program, of at least one year's duration, in a hospital or dental facility.

The U.S. Virgin Islands conducts its own clinical examination twice a year. Contact: deborah.richardson@usvi-doh.org