CITA is an independent regional testing agency which administers the ADEX dental and CITA dental hygiene clinical licensure examinations in the states of Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina and the territory of Puerto Rico.

CITA administers dental and dental hygiene clinical licensure examinations at: the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in Birmingham, AL; the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans, LA; the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC; East Carolina University in Greenville, NC; Guilford Technical Community College (hygiene only) in Jamestown, NC; and the University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry (dental only) in San Juan,PR

CITA will administer the ADEX Dental exam beginning in 2014 and hopes to transition to the ADEX hygiene exam in 2015. You can learn more about the ADEX exam and how it is developed by visiting the ADEX website.

The CITA hygiene examination has been developed and is revised as needed by the CITA Board of Directors and the Members of CITA.   These individuals have considerable content expertise upon which to draw, and also rely on its Job Task Analysis, practice surveys, current curricula, standards of competency, published literature and textbooks on psychometric principles and the American Association of Dental Examiners’ (AADE) publication entitled “Guidance for Clinical Licensure Examinations in Dentistry” to assure that the content and protocol of the examination are current and relevant to the practice of dentistry.  Determining the examination content also is guided by such considerations as patient availability, logistical restraints, and the potential to ensure that a skill can be evaluated reliably.  The examination content and evaluation methodologies are reviewed on an ongoing basis and are revised annually.

Dental Examination

The ADEX Dental examination consists of five (5) individual, skill-specific Parts: one (1) computer-based, two (2) manikin-based, and two (2) patient-based examinations. Each examination is listed below:

  • Part I: Computer-Based Examination
  • Part II: Manikin-Based Endodontic Examination
  • Part III: Manikin-Based Fixed Prosthodontics Examination
  • Part IV: Patient-Based Periodontal Examination (optional)          
  • Part V: Patient-Based Restorative Examination

Dental Hygiene Examination

The dental hygiene examination consists of two (2) individual, skill-specific Parts: one (1) computer-based (National Board Exam) and one (1) clinical patient-based examination.