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Exam Information

The Health Professions Act (HPA) places the responsibility of public safety and monitoring of denturism in the province of Alberta with the College. As per the Denturists Profession Regulation, the College of Alberta Denturists must approve a registration examination that is one of the requirements leading to registration with the College.

Exam format

The College of Alberta Denturists registration examination is a two-part process including an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) as the preferred method for assessing clinical competencies and a multiple choice question (MCQ) exam. A denturist must be competent in both the written and practical application of denturism and therefore tested on the combined abilities as aligned with the National Competency Profile. The MCQ is delivered via a secure remote proctoring platform and the OSCE is in person.

MCQ

The Canadian Denturist Multijurisdictional MCQ examination was administered for the first time in June 2021. Previously, provinces administered their own examination. This commonality ensures that every examination candidate is afforded a fair, defensible assessment that is standard across the three provinces (BC, Alberta, and Ontario) and any other province that chooses to endorse this process.

Examination candidates are exposed to the same examination registration processes and examination preparation resources. Candidates are administered the MCQ examination remotely in an online format with mandatory online remote proctoring. The exam will be administered simultaneously for candidates registered in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.

The multiple choice questions are 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 removable partial denture design based questions. This theory portion is designed to assess critical thinking.

The examination will consist of 240 questions in total, administered in two, 3-hour sessions (AM & PM).

A Candidate Information Package detailing the technical and environmental requirements for candidates is available here when it becomes available for the upcoming exam.

OSCE

At this time, the OSCE continues to be provincially administered.  The Colleges are working towards a common registration examination will encompass both the MCQ and OSCE.  It is anticipated that the multijurisdictional OSCE will be administered first in June 2025.

The OSCE consists of 16 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 the legislation and the National Competency Profile.

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 interprofessional, laboratory and fabrication skill-based knowledge.

The OSCE includes approximately five hours of testing with breaks.

Exam eligibility

There are three pathways through which an individual may access the Alberta registration exam:

  1. Current provisional registration with the College of Alberta Denturists
  2. Graduation from a denturist technology program of study approved by Council
  3. Permission from the Registrar or Registration Committee

Should you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the College.

Exam registration

An individual is eligible to apply for the registration examination once they have reasonable expectation that they will graduate or have graduated from an entry-to-practice program approved by the College or has been permitted to apply by virtue of provisional registration or direction of the Registrar or Registration Committee.

An eligible candidate may attempt each component a maximum of three times each.

Next Administration

MCQ
The next administration of the MCQ component is scheduled to be administered on June 11, 2024. This will be administered by remote proctoring.

For more information, please review:
Candidate Information Package
Candidate Agreement

The MCQ Exam Orientation Session will be announced shortly.

OSCE
The OSCE is next scheduled to be administered on June 22, 2024 at the University of Calgary (Foothills Medical Centre campus).

Registration
Registration is a two-step process that starts with the submission of the application form. The College encourages all examination applicants to start the examination process so that the College may contact them directly with relevant information.

Registration (June 2024 MCQ & OSCE): April 2 – May 10, 2024

Application forms

Fees

The registration exam has fees associated with each exam component.  The fees expressed are in Canadian funds:

Component Fee GST Total Fee
MCQ $900 $45 $945
OSCE $4000 $200 $4200
BOTH $5145

Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, or e-transfer

*A registration is considered complete when the application form(s) and the associated fees have been received by the College.

Exam psychometrics

A solid and legally defensible registration examination has many processes and requirements and is best overseen by a psychometrician. For this purpose, the College has contracted the services of a psychometric firm, with considerable experience in the field of denturism. The psychometric services rendered lead to the policy and processes use to develop the examination questions; exam construction; setting the minimum pass score for the examination’s components; determining when a candidate has aptly demonstrated within the examination process if they are successful or unsuccessful; and ongoing quality assurance with the examination questions and content. In addition to psychometric services required, an OSCE creates a layer of complexity that requires expertise and resources not common to a College.

Examination results

A candidate’s examination results will be available to them approximately eight weeks following the examination sitting.

If a candidate is successful on both parts of the examination, the candidate:

  • must contact the Registrar to ensure appropriate registration with the College prior to the commencement of unsupervised employment as a denturist in Alberta

If a candidate is unsuccessful on one or both parts of the examination, the candidate:

  • must contact the Registrar to ensure appropriate registration with the College going forward;
  • will receive examination performance feedback showing areas (related to the exam blueprint) in which they were deficient in; and
  • may, if eligible, challenge the examination component(s) (i.e., MCQ, OSCE) in which they were not successful at the examination’s next sitting. (Note: A candidate may attempt a component a maximum of three times each.)

Examination appeals

An examination candidate has the right to appeal the result of their examination based on the examination process, not content. To do so, the candidate must lodge a formal appeal with the College (along with any applicable fees) within 15 business days of the release of the examination results. The College will ensure that the appeal is considered and processed in an expeditious and fair manner. Please forward any appeals with supporting documentation to drichmond@abdenturists.ca. The College will be in touch to ensure appropriate processing of fees prior to your appeal being considered.

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