CAD Licensing Exams
The College of Alberta Denturists (CAD) licensing examination is a two-part process including an Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) as the preferred method for assessing clinical competencies and a MCQ multiple choice question exam.
The Health Professions Act (HPA) places the responsibility of public safety and monitoring of denturism in the province of Alberta with CAD. The HPA requires us to test your preparedness for becoming an entry level denturist. To that end, you must be competent in both the written and practical application of denturism and therefore tested on the combined abilities.
The assessment process will be delivered at the University of Alberta and will consist of two components:
MCQ (3.5 hours)
Multiple Choice Questions based mostly on theory combined with practical components. For example, there are scenario based questions (a description of a situation or condition is provided, and you must determine and provide a response), and RPD design based questions. This will happen on day 1.
OSCE (approx. 6 hours of testing)
The OSCE will consist of 16-20 stations of varying length and complexity. Each station is designed to test a set of skills required of a Denturist in Alberta, as defined by our Restricted Activities, Scope of Practice, and National Competency Profile . The candidate is not allowed to bring anything to the test site, anything required will be provided.
The MCQ theory exam has an increased focus on the application of knowledge to practice, and has also been aligned with the Denturist Association of Canada (DAC) National Competency Profile (Sept 2013). This theory portion is designed to assess critical thinking.
The OSCE assessment format, candidates are required to integrate both their clinical knowledge and their communication skills. It is through this integration that the candidate demonstrates professional judgement. Candidates will require to know all facets of what a denturist encounters and knows, from complete to partial denture treatments (including design), to inter-professional, laboratory and fabrication skill based knowledge.
How does one prepare for an OSCE?
The College’s requirements for entry-to-practice are what may be termed: minimal competency. Although the specific content of the stations in the licensing process is different than what “students” have experienced, the OSCE process will be more from what happens in everyday practice and patient interaction.
Candidates for the examination are encouraged to review and strictly adhere to proven and recognized protocols for denture fabrication. The curriculum and techniques taught at accredited institutions are based on best practice, defensible, credible research and theory. Candidate assessment in all OSCE stations will be based on best practice procedures. A specific and/or focused preparation for OSCE is difficult because the nature of OSCE’s are to assess the culmination of knowledge and skill that has been developed over years of their entire education. In short, OSCE’s respect a candidate’s accredited education and evaluates their ability to express their professional judgment.
The content of the exams are largely determined by The National Competency Profile for Denturists and the nationwide survey of Denturists shortly after. The survey provided weightings of importance to each of the six core competencies. Candidates are encouraged to review The National Competency Profile and the breakdown of each category. The categories and their respective weightings of importance are:
|JURISPRUDENCE, ETHICS, & PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES||9.8%|
The Alberta Licensing Exams reflect those competencies in content and importance, and are as follows:
|MCQ (up to 200 questions)|
|OSCE (≈18 stations)|
|JURISPRUDENCE, ETHICS, & PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY||1-2|
You are encouraged to watch our website as we are working diligently to offer links to how the MCQ will be administered (a simplified interactive demonstration). Plus, the University of Alberta is also working very hard in creating a short video that will be added to our website to familiarize yourself with the facility who administers the OSCE. You are encouraged also to gather more information by going to other sites to check out the OSCE process, as more and more professions are offering such tools for candidates to see.
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