ADEX Dental and Dental Hygiene Candidate Manuals and Applications
Please read NERB's recommendation regarding the optional ADEX periodontal clinical exam using the following link: Click Here.
The ADEX Dental Examination is given in two formats: the Curriculum Integrated Format (CIF) and in the Traditional Format. The CIF Format can only be taken by students about to enter their senior year of dental school or graduate students at a school hosting the CIF Format examination. The Traditional Format is for those students who elect not to take the CIF Format and for those who have already graduated from dental school. Only students or graduates of schools accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada may take the ADEX Dental Examination. All other candidates must apply through the state dental board in the state where they wish to practice for permission to take an examination for licensure only in that state.
The current examination in dental hygiene offered by NERB IS the ADEX Dental Hygiene Examination approved by the American Board of Dental Examiners. Only dental hygienists who have graduated or are going to graduate (within 45 days of the examination date) from programs of dental hygiene accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation in the United States or graduates of accredited programs of dental hygiene in Canada may apply for this examination. All other candidates must apply through the state dental board in the state where they wish to practice for permission to take an examination for licensure only in that state.
Examinations are available in Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide Monitoring for dental hygienists. Applicants must have graduated or are going to graduate (within 45 days of the examination date) from a dental hygiene program which is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA/CODA) or by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). Candidates need to check with their state dental board to determine if such credentials are available in their state.
Please contact the NERB Central Office for special instructions if you are:
- a foreign trained Dentist or Dental Hygienist
- interested in taking a NERB administered examination for licensure in a particular state
- interested in taking the Massachusetts-only examination in dental hygiene for dental students
- interested in a specialty examination
2014 CIF ADEX Dental Exam Manual - for senior dental students
2014 Traditional ADEX Dental Manual - for graduate dentists or those within 45 days of graduation
2014 ADEX Dental Hygiene Examination Manual
Local Anesthesia Manual - for dental hygienists
Nitrous Oxide Manual - for dental hygienists
Applications Available Online Only
CIF ADEX Dental exam
Traditional ADEX Dental Exam
ADEX Dental Hygiene Exam
Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists
Nitrous Oxide for Dental Hygienists
Candidates may apply for these exams here.