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Technical Manual

We are extremely pleased and very proud of the efforts of the CITA organization, as well as all our member states and educator representatives, in producing what we believe to be the most comprehensive, psychometrically sound, and technologically advanced document chronicling, the creation, evolution and ongoing development of any dental clinical licensure examination.  I am especially appreciative of the efforts of Ms. Celeste Kohler who has worked long hours in a diligent manner on this document, without an established template document to serve as a guide. While it made the creation of this document a more arduous task, it also allowed the document to be developed free of preconception, and highlighted her many talents and contributions to the CITA organization.  Additional thanks also are in order for Mr. Ron Hayes, CITA’s Executive Director, whose leadership has been fundamental to the tremendous success of CITA over these last few years. 

Although this document will serve as a valuable piece of the evidence necessary to establish the CITA examination as a valid and reliable tool for the assessment of candidate skill sets, it only achieves that goal by being open and easily accessible by the public and all who would wish to utilize it as an assessment mechanism. To that end, I have asked that the manual be prominently displayed on the CITA website, and that all aspects of the document be shared for those who would seek additional information regarding the examinations conducted by CITA. Hopefully, as all regional testing agencies move forward, there can be discussion and consensus on the nature and construct of these types of validity evidence.


Delma H. Kinlaw, DDS
Director of Exam Development and Analysis

Job Task Analysis Summary Report

The Board of Directors of the Council of Interstate Testing Agencies, Inc. authorized the formation of a Job Task Analysis Committee in August 2005 to institute the process whereby a national task analysis would be conducted for and on behalf of the member states of CITA. The purpose of the CITA Job Task Analysis (JTA) was to formulate a comprehensive list of the types of dental procedures most commonly performed in the practice of dentistry as well as the relative frequency with which these procedures are performed. Each task was ranked by the responding practitioner as to the level of criticality that task represented to a dentist entering practice as an indicator that the individual would function as a “safe beginner” and theoretically demonstrate proficiency in applying and performing these techniques.