The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) at Ohio State (formerly NERB)

Notice from CDCA

Given the ever-increasing public health risks associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the CDCA will postpone all school-based examinations starting Monday, March 16th until Sunday, April 12th, 2020. This action is aimed at protecting the health and safety of not only candidates and patients, but also the schools we support, staff, and general population. At this time, the schedules of examinations outside of the affected date window will not be impacted unless requested by the schools. The CDCA will continue to monitor developments during this time of rapidly evolving information and will re-assess the resumption of activities if necessary. More information.

CDCA Dental Orientation Schedule – note exam date:

  • Orientation is mandatory for all dental candidates and must be seated prior to start time.
  • Orientation lasts approximately 30 - 90 minutes, there is one orientation date during 2 day exams.
  • Only the candidate may attend Orientation.

Candidate information and forms

Dental Candidate Dates for the 2019-20 Exam Cycle

Exam Date

Orientation Date



April 4, 2020

April 3, 2020

5:00 PM


April 5, 2020

Dental Hygiene Candidate Dates for the 2019-20 Exam Cycle

Exam Date

Orientation date



April 2020 (Date TBD)




Instruments for CDCA

Please note: Electronic handpieces are not supported or compatible with our facility

Acadental typodonts used as of April 2014

Candidates using college instruments must inspect their instruments upon receipt – if you have broken or missing instruments you must take back your cassette within the first 20 minutes of receipt for a no cost replacement. Should you have any questions concerning the instruments only, please call (614) 292-0432. Questions concerning anything other than instruments must be directed to Clinic Administration by calling 614-292-6983.

Dental Candidates:
Facility Tours are provided as time permits on the night of orientation beginning at 3:30 p.m., please report to room 1130 Clinic Administration. 

Dental Hygiene Candidates:
Facility Tours are provided as time permits on the Friday afternoon prior to the exam weekend, beginning at 3:30 p.m., please report to room 1130 Clinic Administration.

Fees for the dental and the dental hygiene licensing exam may be paid with certified check and in person, Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on the weekend prior to the exam in the Clinic Administration Office room 1130.  We are unable to accept cash, personal check or credit card payments at this time.

Forms All Ohio State required forms should be turned in to Clinic Administration Office beginning at 3:00 p.m. until 15 minutes prior to orientation for dental candidates, and 15 minutes prior to registration for dental hygiene candidates.  Forms can be found in the Candidate Information and Forms section.

You are welcome to contact the Clinic Administration office if you have additional questions at 614-292-6983.