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Manikin-based WREB and ADEX exams will be formally reviewed as pathway to dental licensure

May 14, 2020 5948

In the latest positive development for California dental students graduating in the COVID-19 era, the Dental Board of California today voted unanimously to request a formal review of the legal defensibility of the new WREB and ADEX manikin-based examinations.

In the latest positive development for California dental students graduating in the COVID-19 era, the Dental Board of California today voted unanimously to request a formal review of the legal defensibility of the new WREB and ADEX manikin-based examinations. 

The dental board received numerous written testimonies from a coalition of California dental school deans, CDA dental student delegates and CDA representatives. The coalition delivered nearly 300 letters earlier this month requesting that graduating students with a passing score on a manikin-based WREB or ADEX exam be immediately permitted to apply for licensure in California. 

Today’s vote by the dental board directs the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Professional Examination Services to review the legal defensibility of the two manikin-based tests and submit its report to the dental board’s executive director as soon as possible.

With clinical exams indefinitely postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic, class of 2020 dental students are struggling with uncertainties about graduating and beginning their new careers in dentistry. The board’s vote was a coalition victory as it proved that there is strong support among dental board members for the alternative exam format.

CDA is now working with dental board staff and DCA to understand the time frame for the OPES review and whether any additional action will be required once OPES submits its report and before dental school graduates can begin taking the manikin-based exams. CDA will inform members of any developments in the newsroom and the weekly Update newsletter.