CDCA Examination

The University of Detroit Mercy serves as a site location for the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments.

  • Tour Our Clinic
All non-UDM candidates are strongly urged to make an appointment to visit the dental clinic to familiarize themselves with the facility, prior to the examination. You may also want to bring your hand-pieces to try and obtain answers for any questions. To arrange a tour, contact Cheryl Baxter, CDCA Coordinator at 313-494-6750 or
  • Parking & Directions
The CDCA exam is conducted at the School Of Dentistry Corktown Campus, not at the University Of Detroit Mercy main campus.  Free visitor parking is available at the Corktown Campus in our lot at the 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. entrance. Campus Security is on-site.  For driving directions, please click here.
  • Hours

The dental clinic opens at 6:00 a.m. on the day of each exam. Candidates may enter the clinic building, find their chair assignment and begin setting up their area.

  • Orientation

CDCA Candidate Orientation is mandatory! Orientation will take place in an assigned classroom located in the dental clinic building.

  • Chair Assignments

Chair assignments for CDCA candidates are determined by the Office of Clinic Administration and will be posted in the clinic where the exam will be taken.

Please Note: Candidates requiring a left-handed chair should notify the Office of Clinic Administration ten days in advance of the examination.  Left–handed chairs are provided first come first served.