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Council of Interstate Testing Agencies to use ADEX licensure exam in 2014

The American Board of Dental Examiners, Inc. announced that the Council of Interstate Testing Agencies will administer the ADEX examination for licensure in 2014.

"It is now possible, through ADEX, for about 70 percent of graduating dental students to take one exam and be accepted in 45 licensing jurisdictions," said Dr. Bruce Barrette, ADEX president.

CITA is composed of one U.S. territory (Puerto Rico) and five member states: Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina and West Virginia.

"The members of CITA are extremely pleased with this new relationship," said Dr. Stan Hardesty, CITA president, in a press release. The CITA board voted Sept. 19 to administer the ADEX clinical dental licensure examination for the upcoming 2014 testing season.

Dr. Ronald Venezie, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure, commended the agreement between CITA and ADEX, saying it is another step forward for the profession.

"The ADA has long supported the development of a common core of requirements and guidelines for the clinical licensure examination process," Dr. Venezie said. "Broader acceptance of a common clinical examination will help to facilitate freedom of movement for dental professionals."

With the addition of CITA, three of the country's five regional dental testing agencies now participate in the ADEX dental licensure examination process, Dr. Barrette said. The Southern Regional Testing Agency and the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners testing agency also utilize the ADEX dental licensure examination process.

Dr. Barrette said ADEX continues to reach out to other dental testing agencies to participate in the ADEX dental licensure examination process.