The Dental Therapy Exam is designed to test clinical competencies consistent with the Dental Therapist’s Scope of Practice. The exam is divided into three parts: a manikin-based endodontic exam, a pediatric restorative exam, and a didactic (computer-based) examination, also called an OSCE (objective structured clinical examination). These exams are specific to the skill sets of Dental Therapists.


Dental Therapy Exam Manuals

Only students or graduates of schools accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada may take the CDCA-WREB-CITA examinations. All other candidates (including international graduates) must apply through the state dental board in the state or jurisdiction where they wish to practice for permission to take an examination for licensure only in that state or jurisdiction.

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Dental Therapy OSCE

The Dental Therapy OSCE (DT OSCE) is a 100-question multiple-choice computerized examination delivered at Prometric Test Centers. The test is approximately 2.5 hours in length, including an introduction, tutorial, and final survey. The actual examination time is 1 hour and 55 minutes. Candidates may skip or mark items to be considered later. Once the examination is completed, however, the candidate will not be able to return to those questions. The time indicated on the computer screen is the amount of time for that subsection. There is no specific time limit for each item.

Exam Scoring

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In order to register for any portion of the Dental Therapy Exam candidates will need to create an online Candidate Profile. All profiles must have a passport quality photo, proof of graduation, and some basic information. Once you have completed your initial profile, your account will have to be checked by our candidate services team. This can take up to 2 business days after your account has been made. To avoid any additional fees we suggest making your account at least one week prior to the registration deadline. Any request to be added to an exam after the exam registration deadline has passed will incur a $250 material procurement fee.

All requests to withdraw from the examination must be received by the application deadline to receive a refund. Candidates requesting to withdraw after the application deadline will be charged a $100 admin fee and have their paid exam fees applied to a future examination.

Scheduling requests must be received prior to the registration deadline through our Contact Us platform. While scheduling requests are not guaranteed but we do try our best to accommodate you.


How do I Register for this Exam?

Please review the exam registration process on how to create a profile and register for this exam.