The Local Anesthesia Examination is not part of the ADEX exam series. It is an optional examination offered to any eligible Dental Hygiene professional who wishes to take the exam as part of the certification process to administer local anesthesia. The CDCA-WREB-CITA Local Anesthesia examination can be challenged with a computerized exam only, or in two parts both computerized and clinically based.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to understand the requirements of the jurisdiction in which they wish to practice and select the most beneficial format for the examination. Not all states require both a didactic, computer-based examination and a clinical examination.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Student: Current enrollment in a degree program at a CODA-accredited dental hygiene school and certification of successful completion of the didactic portion of a course in the administration of local anesthetics.

Graduate: Successful completion of a degree program from a CODA-accredited dental hygiene school and certification of successful completion of the didactic portion of a course in the
administration of local anesthetics.

Computer-Based Simulated Examination

The timed examination is 60 minutes. Multiple choice items are both discipline and case-based and have only one correct response. Up to five (5) field test questions are included, but not calculated in your final score. A maximum of 100 points is possible on the Local Anesthesia Written examination. A final score of 75.00 or higher is required to pass the Local Anesthesia Written examination. Subject matter includes:

  • Anatomy (head and neck) and physiology
  • Pharmacology of anesthetic agents and vasoconstrictors
  • Basic knowledge of nitrous oxide-oxygen
  • Method of delivery of local anesthesia, including armamentarium, selection of injection type, and administration technique
  • Medical history interpretation; prevention, recognition, and management of complications, and life support

Clinical Examination

Clinical local anesthesia is a patient-based examination. The clinical examination evaluates a candidate’s ability to utilize professional judgment and knowledge to competently administer both an Inferior Alveolar (IA) and a Posterior Superior Alveolar (PSA) nerve block injection on a patient. Candidates must successfully complete the computerized examination before challenging the patient-based clinical examination.

Didactic Examination (Computer-based)

Clinical Examination

Clinical Local Anesthesia Exam Calendar

In order to register for any portion of the Local Anesthesia Exam candidates will need to create an online profile. A complete CDCA-WREB-CITA profile includes a mandatory photo, proof of graduation, and payment of the appropriate fees.

To avoid late registration fees, the application process must be completed before the registration deadline to allow time for verification. 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 processing fee.

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College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls, ID
March 10, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 1/27/2023
Exam Format: Patient
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Colorado Northwestern Community College
Rangely, CO
March 10, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 1/27/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Site Info Sheet
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Kirkland, WA
March 16-17, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 2/2/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Site Info Sheet
Clark College
Vancouver, WA
March 17-19, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 2/3/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Carrington College - Mesa
Mesa, AZ
April 7-8, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 2/24/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Salt Lake Community College - Jordan Campus
West Jordan, UT
April 12, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 3/1/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Utah Tech University
St. George, UT
April 13-14, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 3/2/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Site Info Sheet
Utah Valley University
Orem, UT
April 13-14, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 3/2/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Weber State University
Ogden, UT
April 20, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 3/9/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID
May 11, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 3/30/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Phoenix College
Phoenix, AZ
May 12, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 3/31/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Portland Community College
Portland, OR
May 18, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 4/6/2023
Exam Format: Patient
University of Alaska - Anchorage
Anchorage, AK
May 31, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 4/19/2023
Exam Format: Patient
University of New Mexico - Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM
June 1, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 4/20/2023
Exam Format: Patient
College of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV
June 8, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 4/27/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Kirkland, WA
June 8, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 4/27/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Site Info Sheet
Carrington College – Mesa
Mesa, AZ
July 20, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 6/8/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Carrington College – Boise
Boise, ID
August 4, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 6/23/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Site Info Sheet
Rio Salado College
Tempe, AZ
August 12-13, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 7/1/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Portland Community College
Portland, OR
August 18, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 7/7/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
September 22-23, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 8/11/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Fortis College - Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, Utah
September 28, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 8/17/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Fortis College - Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, Utah
December 14, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 11/2/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Utah College of Dental Hygiene
Orem, UT
December 15, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 11/3/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Phoenix College
Phoenix, AZ
December 15-16, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 11/3/2023
Exam Format: Patient
Pima County Community College
Tucson, AZ
December 15-16, 2023YESRegister Here
Registration Deadline: 11/3/2023
Exam Format: Patient

How do I Register for this Exam?

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