Examination Eligibility


Dental Candidates Dental Hygiene Candidates



Junior or Senior Dental Student Candidates

Junior or senior students of record attending dental schools accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) are eligible to apply to take the CITA examination when the Dean (or designated school official) completes a "Junior Certification Form" or "Senior Certification Form" certifying that the candidate is a junior or senior student of record and that the candidate is sufficiently prepared to participate in the examination. Junior students are only eligible to take the manikin examination.

Dental and Post-Graduate Dental Candidates

Dental and post dental graduates of an ADA or CODA education program are eligible to apply to take the CITA examination and are required to submit to the CITA office either a letter from their dental school registrar's office that verifies their date of graduation and degree received or an official copy of their dental school transcripts in a sealed envelope from the school that states the date of graduation and the degree received.

Foreign-Trained Dental Candidates

Candidates with a dental degree from an educational program not accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation applying for the CITA examination must be authorized to take the examination by at least one state or jurisdiction that accepts the results of the CITA examination for satisfaction of the clinical examination component for licensure in that state or jurisdiction. Therefore, non-accredited graduates must furnish an official letter from the licensing entity indicating they are eligible to receive an unrestricted license in that state or jurisdiction upon successful completion of the CITA examination. 

In addition, an official copy of the candidate’s dental transcripts, dental diploma and letter from the school registrar’s office stating the dates of enrollment, date graduated, degree received and contact information with official English translation must be received in a sealed envelope from each entity. Misrepresentation of any application requirements or alterations of any documents may result in the denial of the candidate’s application or reversal of CITA status.  


Dental Hygiene Student Candidates

Dental hygiene students of record, in their last year of dental hygiene school, attending a dental hygiene school accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditations (CODA) or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) are eligible to apply to take the CITA examination when the program director (or other designated school official) certifies, in writing, (Certification of Graduation Form) that the candidate is a student of record and that the candidate is sufficiently prepared to participate in the examination.

Candidates who are currently enrolled in a dental hygiene program and wish to participate in the dental hygiene pre-graduation examination will be required to submit a "Verification of Eligibility Form" that must be completed by the Program Director (or designated school official) certifying the candidate is eligible to participate in the pre-graduation examination.

Dental Hygiene Graduates

Dental hygiene graduates from a dental hygiene school accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditations (CODA) or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) are eligible to apply to take the CITA examination and are required to submit to the CITA office either a letter from their dental hygiene school registrar’s office that verifies their date of graduation and degree received or an official copy of their dental hygiene school transcripts in a sealed envelope from the school that states the date of graduation and the degree received.