The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University reserves the right to cancel or postpone hosting the 2021 CRDTS dental licensure examination at any time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This site offers information about the 2021 CRDTS dental licensure examination that you will be taking at The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. It explains how The Dental College of Georgia staff will assist you in making this a successful experience. Please read this material carefully as some of the information is detailed, but none of it is unimportant. 

DISCLAIMER: Augusta University is NOT affiliated with CRDTS; therefore, any procedural questions concerning this examination should be directed to the CRDTS officials.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY'S LIMITED ROLE

Prior to the administration of the examination, The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University will require and collect fully executed Release Forms signed by all candidates and patients acknowledging the University’s limited role in the administration of the examination and releasing the University from any liability in connection with such examination. All candidates are required to sign the Candidate Release Form (Exhibit B). All candidates and patients (primary and backups) that will be treated during the examination are required to sign the Patient Release Form (Exhibit C).  All forms must be submitted to the Site Coordinator, Claire McElmurray, at cmcelmurray@augusta.edu prior to the examination. Copies of these forms will be available in the clinic during testing if needed. Forms completed the day of the exam should be submitted to the Dispensary window (Room GC-4055) adjacent to the 4th floor clinical area.

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 PATIENTS

It is the responsibility of each candidate to provide their own patients and it is recommended that each candidate secure back-up patients. The Dental College of Georgia does not allow candidates access to the College’s patient records (this includes active patients assigned to students). The Dental College of Georgia cannot provide patients for candidates. Please do not ask anyone at the college for patients or patient records.

  • The board requires that candidates make arrangements for their patients to receive follow-up care if treatment during the exam is unsatisfactory.

  • Treatment of patients in The Dental College of Georgia is restricted to academically registered students only (except on the days of the CRDTS examination).

  • Augusta University employees will be present to dispense supplies and materials during the examination. 

  • Candidates are responsible for supplying their own chairside assistants. 
  • As directed by CRDTS, candidates and their assistants must strictly adhere to all CDC guidelines concerning barrier protection and instrument/equipment sterilization. Sterilization, Instrument Collection, and Dispensary facilities will be available from 7:00am until 5:00pm on the first and second days of the exam. These facilities are located in rooms GC-4055 and GC-4225 on the 4th floor adjacent to the clinical area. 

  • Children are prohibited in the clinic area. There are no facilities for children; please inform patients that children may not be left unattended in the waiting area. Please instruct patients to leave their children at home or arrange to have a responsible adult available to supervise them at all times.

  • Masks are required in all buildings at all times. All exam candidates, and those accompanying the exam candidates, will be required to wear a mask. Masks will not be provided by the Dental College of Georgia but by the exam candidates.

  • All persons entering the buildings will be screened for COVID-19. Exam candidates are encouraged to screen their assistants, patients and anyone else accompanying the candidates, assistants and patients 48 hours prior to the exam. Depending on the answers to the COVID-19 questions and/or temperature reading, entrance into the building may be denied based on the results of the screening.

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 SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT

  • Non-DCG student candidates are responsible for providing their own instruments, burs, Endo files, cavitron handpiece handle, 30K cavitron inserts, and handpieces for the examination. However, if necessary, the Dental College of Georgia offers several instrument rental packages (see below). If you wish to rent instruments, prior arrangements must be made (see below).

  • Non-DCG student candidates interested in renting instruments from the Dental College of Georgia for use during the examination should refer to the following pages on our website:

Non-DCG student candidates are also responsible for providing their own personal protective equipment (PPE) that is in compliance with current CDC and DPH regulations. This includes disposable gowns, gloves, masks, face shields, head coverings and shoe coverings for non-DCG student candidates, assistants and patients, and anyone else accompanying the non-DCG student candidates, assistants and patients. Due to the transmission level of COVID-19 in the community, N95 respirators and face shields are expected for both non-DCG student candidates and assistants during aerosol generating procedures. The Dental College of Georgia expects each non-DCG student candidate and assistant to have been fit-tested in conjunction with a respiratory protection program in compliance with OSHA before the testing date.

  • The Dental College of Georgia furnishes candidates with most clinical supplies/materials needed during the examination. The Dental College of Georgia does not have a school store nor is there a dental supply company on site for those needing to purchase instruments, materials or equipment. As such, non-DCG student candidates should plan accordingly. A list of clinical supplies/materials that are provided to candidates is displayed on our website at Materials Provided by Augusta University for the CRDTS Board Examination.

  • Handpieces and all instruments must be supplied by the non-DCG student candidate (unless rented). If you intend to use fiber optics, then you must have a handpiece that fits a 4-hole I.S.O. coupling. Dental operatories are equipped with DENTSPLY 30K cavitrons. If you have questions concerning our equipment, please contact Nekesha Fallen at nfallen@augusta.edu or 706-721-6180. NOTE: Do not bring KAVO handpieces. Only handpieces that connect to a standard 4-hole I.S.O. coupling will work in our clinic.

  • Candidates must supply their own typodont/dentoform as specified by CRDTS. The typodont/dentoform must be purchased in advance through Acadental directly at www.acadental.com. The CRDTS-approved typodonts will be mounted on simulators in the Thomas P. Hinman Simulation Lab. Facial shrouds will be provided to all candidates by the Dental College of Georgia.

  • Once the examination begins, the examination areas are secured overnight. However, it is recommended that you remove your equipment at the end of the day. If you choose to leave your equipment in your treatment cubical, neither CRDTS nor the Dental College of Georgia will be liable for any items lost or stolen.

  • If you experience any difficulty with equipment during the examination, do not attempt to make repairs. Qualified equipment technicians will be available in the clinic. Inform the clinic assistant of any equipment problems.

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 RADIOGRAPHS

The Dental College of Georgia only uses printed radiographs for the dental licensure exam. No capability for viewing digital radiographs will be available in the clinic's operatories for candidates who are not current graduates at Augusta UniversityAll digital radiographs must be printed before coming to the exam siteWe cannot print radiographs from a thumb drive (bring them printed). Any radiographs made during the examination will be printed by clinic personnel. If a non-DCG student candidate chooses to use traditional mounted radiographs/conventional film, a limited number of view boxes will be available at the Dispensary window (Room GC-4055) adjacent to the 4th floor clinical area. Therefore, all non-DCG student candidates are encouraged to bring printed radiographs. Failure to follow this policy may negatively impact your clinical exam time.

For restorative procedures involving replacement of an existing restoration, CRDTS requires a picture printed on photo paper of the existing restoration. If a photo is required during testing at the Dental College of Georgia, the candidate must provide an SD card and a camera.

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 ACCESS TO FACILITIES & PARKING

  • Manikin examinations will be given in the 3rd floor Thomas P. Hinman Simulation Lab.

  • Patient-based examinations will be given in the 4th floor clinic.

  • The building will open at 7:00 a.m. on the exam days unless otherwise requested by the examiners.
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  • Access to the student clinic and simulation lab will begin at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the examination.

    Non-DCG student candidates, assistants and their patients should enter the Dental College of Georgia through the front entrance and take the elevators to the floor where the examination will be given.

    The address for the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University is 1430 John Wesley Gilbert Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30912. The Dental College is adjacent to R. A. Dent Blvd (between Goss Lane and Spellman Street) and south of Laney Walker Blvd in Augusta, Georgia (see attached map). (see attached map).

  • The physical address of the college is 1430 John Wesley Gilbert Drive, Augusta, Georgia 30912.
  • Visitor parking is available in the lot across the street from the Dental College adjacent to R. A. Dent Blvd (see attached map). When entering the parking lot, visitors will press a button to receive a ticket and the gate will open allowing entry to the lot. Front desk staff will validate tickets upon arrival at the school, or the Site Coordinator will arrange to have these tickets validated. The gate will be open the weekend of the examination so parking tickets will not be issued on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Food service is not available but vending machines are located on the 1st, 3rd and 4th floors of the Dental College of Georgia.

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 STERILIZATION

  • Non-DCG student candidates are responsible for providing their own instruments, burs, Endo files, cavitron handpiece handle, 30K cavitron inserts, and handpieces for the examination (unless rented from the Dental College of Georgia). Every effort will be made to sterilize the instruments in a timely manner.

  • Autoclave bags, autoclave tape, and marking pens will be available and set up outside the Instrument Collection Area (Room GC-4225) adjacent to the 4th floor clinical area. The Central Sterilization staff will autoclave the candidate’s bagged and labeled instruments. Please allow a minimum of one hour for processing, which means bagged instruments must be turned in at least one hour before closing time to ensure sterile instruments for the next morning. Sterilized instruments can be picked up at the Dispensary window (Room GC-4055) adjacent to the 4th floor clinical area.

  • Non-DCG student candidates taking the manikin procedures will pick up and return their instruments to the Dispensary (Room GC-3060) adjacent to the 3rd floor simulation lab. The dispensary staff will check the items out to the candidates and back in when they are finished.

  • Non-DCG student candidates that need to have their personal items sterilized for the patient-based portions of the exam will need to have those items to Sterilization before 5:00 p.m. the day before the exam. Non-DCG student candidates are not required to have their items sterilized by our school. However, if an examiner finds an issue with the candidate’s instrument packaging or questions the sterility of an item they brought with them, it will be on the candidate and not the dental school. Non-DCG student candidates can contact Wendy Miller, Central Sterilization Manager, at wemiller@augusta.edu or 706-721-7986 (office), 706-306-0142 (mobile) or 706-721-3958 (Main Sterilization) to arrange a time to drop their items off to be sterilized for the boards. Ms. Miller will arrange to meet candidates at the front entrance to the school. All items must be clearly marked with the candidate’s information so that it is all kept together. Candidates can pick up their personal items from the Dispensary window (Room GC-4055) adjacent to the 4th floor clinical area the morning of the exam.

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 CRDTS CANDIDATE Q&A SESSION

The CRDTS Candidate Q & A Session will be held in classroom GB-1220 located on the 1st floor of the J. Harold Harrison, MD Education Common building (see attached map) that is adjacent to the Dental College of Georgia. NOTE: No food or drinks are allowed in the classroom. Refer to the confirmation letter that you received from CRDTS for the date and time of the Q & A Session. Please enter the front entrance to the Dental College of Georgia and you will be directed to GB-1220 in the Education Commons.

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 DENTAL FACILITY FEE

$600.00 – Full Exam Fee for Non-DCG Student Candidates; Patient only – $300.00; Manikin Prosth/Endo only – $300.00 

The facility fee (site fee) is due to the Dental College of Georgia two (2) weeks prior to the exam date. Our site charges a facility fee for the use of clinic facilities, supplies and disposables. This fee is independent of the examination fee and is not collected by the testing agency (CRDTS). You may pay the facility fee online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) at augustahealth.org/dentalpay. This link will take you to the Dental College of Georgia Patient Account Payment website where you will need to enter '2132525' in the Patient Account Number field and your personal information (name and last four digits of your SSN) in the patient fields. Or, you may pay the facility fee with a cashier’s check, certified check, or money order payable to The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. The candidate’s full name and candidate ID number must be written on the check or money order. Personal checks will NOT be accepted. Mail payment to:

Claire McElmurray
Augusta University
Dental College of Georgia
1120 15th Street, GC-5216
Augusta, GA  30912

CRDTS will not release a candidate’s scores until the facility fee is paid to the school. CRDTS confirms with the school that all fees have been received before releasing scores.

If you have any questions concerning The Dental College of Georgia's facilities, equipment or facility fee, please contact Claire McElmurray by email at cmcelmurray@augusta.edu or call 706-721-7019. Please direct all procedural questions concerning the examination to CRDTS at info@crdts.org or 785-273-0380.

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LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS

A limited number of hotels are within a few miles of the Augusta University campus:

Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center
2 Tenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901
Phone: 706-722-8900
Located on the Savannah River approximately 2 miles from the Dental College of Georgia

The Partridge Inn Augusta, Curio Collection by Hilton
2110 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904
Phone: 706-737-8888
Approximately 2 miles from the the Dental College of Georgia

Hyatt House Augusta Downtown
1268 Broad Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901
Phone: 706-922-3150
Approximately 1.5 miles from the Dental College of Georgia

A larger number of hotels are located on Stevens Creek Road near the junction of I-20 and Washington Road. The following hotels are approximately 6-7 miles north of the Augusta University campus:

Courtyard Marriott Augusta
1045 Stevens Creek Road, Augusta, GA 30907
Phone: 706-737-3737

Sheraton Augusta Hotel
1069 Stevens Creek Road, Augusta, GA 30907
Phone: 706-396-1000

Hilton Garden Inn Augusta
1065 Stevens Creek Road, Augusta, GA 30907
Phone: 706-739-9990

Holiday Inn Express Augusta North
1073 Stevens Creek Road, Augusta, GA 30907
Phone: 706-396-3000

Homewood Suites by Hilton Augusta
1049 Stevens Creek Road, Augusta, GA 30907
Phone: 706-738-3131

Staybridge Suites Augusta
2540 Center West Parkway, Augusta, GA 30909
Phone: 706-733-0000
Less than 1 mile northeast of I-20 off Washington Road

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