California Dental Practice Act

~ Exam ~

Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training now provides real-time grading and a real-time certificate for this online course.  To take the test, click on the button corresponding to the correct answer for each question.  When you're done, click on the "Grade Test" button.

You will be asked to login (if you are a returning customer) or register (if you are a new customer) and pay $30.00 for the processing of your test and certificate. You will be given your test results instantly and you will be able to print out your certificate immediately from your browser.

You must correctly answer 15 of 20 questions. If needed, you may retake the exam. Please complete the evaluation form that will appear on your screen after passing the exam.

Your test will be graded online right away, and upon passing you will be able to immediately print out your certificate.  We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete the evaluation form that will appear on your screen after passing the exam.

Occasionally computers fail. Thus you may wish to print the exam, mark the answers on the printed copy, then transfer those answers to the computer when you're ready to submit the exam for scoring. Once the exam is completed successfully, you will no longer be able to access this course (unless you pay for the course again).

This test has 20 questions.

All questions must be answered before the test can be graded.

Need Help?

Already taken the test? Click here to login and retrieve your answers.


1. All of the members of the Dental Board of California are appointed by the Governor.

  a. True

  b. False


2. Direct supervision means:

  a. Performance of dental procedures based on instructions of a dentist, not requiring the physical presence.

  b. Performing only the clinical functions allowed by the California Dental Board.

  c. Performance of dental procedures based on the instructions of a dentist, who must be physically present.

  d. Performance clinical dental functions before the dentist sees the patient.


3. Before a dentist examines a patient, an ADHP in an authorized classification of may:

  a. Expose emergency radiographs upon the direction of a dentist.

  b. Perform extra-oral duties of functions specified by the dentist.

  c. Perform mouth-mirror inspections of the oral cavity, including charting obvious lesions, malocclusions, existing restorations, and missing teeth.

  d. All of the above.


4. On January 1, 2010, the Dental Board of California created two new permit categories. Those new permit categories are:

  a. Dental Sedation Assistant and Orthodontic Assistant

  b. Dental Sedation Assistant and Infection Control Assistant

  c. Orthodontic Assistant and Expanded Functions Assistant

  d. None of the above.


5. A dental assistant without a license may perform basic supportive procedures, as authorized by law, under the general supervision of a licensed dentist.

  a. True

  b. False


6. Requirements for orthodontic and sedation permits include all of the following EXCEPT:

  a. Work Experience Requirement

  b. Board-Approved Course Requirements

  c. Home Study Course Requirement

  d. Examination Requirement


7. An individual who becomes licensed as an RDH in California on or after January 1, 2006, may no longer perform the duties in the scopes of practice of an RDA unless they also hold an RDA license.

  a. True

  b. False


8. There are three pathways to licensure as a dentist. The pathways are:

  a. Residency

  b. Exam

  c. By credential

  d. All of the above


9. Although desirable, a dental professional has no obligation to wear a name tag or display his or her license.

  a. True

  b. False


10. Beginning July 1, 2011, all licensed dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists who were licensed before January 1, 1999, are required to submit fingerprints as part of the license renewal process.

  a. True

  b. False


11. Mandatory courses for license renewal include all of the following, EXCEPT:

  a. Basic Life Support

  b. Radiology Safety

  c. Infection Control

  d. California Dental Practice Act (CDPA)


12. Each licensee should retain copies of their continuing education certifications for a period of:

  a. 2 years

  b. 3 years

  c. 4 years

  d. 5 years


13. Examples of unprofessional conduct include:

  a. Patient abandonment

  b. Self-prescribing medication

  c. Alteration of a patient's record with intent to deceive

  d. Unsanitary or unsafe office conditions

  e. All of the above


14. Dental Material Fact Sheets may be given to a patient only if they ask about the materials being used. Otherwise, it is up to the dentist to decide who gets the DMFS at the time of treatment.

  a. True

  b. False


15. Examples of non-legal prescriptions include all of the following, EXCEPT:

  a. Issuance of a prescription for a controlled substance only if part of dental treatment.

  b. Prescribing, administering, dispensing, or furnishing a controlled substance to or for any person or animal not under the dentist’s treatment.

  c. False or fictitious prescriptions in any respect.

  d. Prescribing, administering, or furnishing a controlled substance for one's self.


16. Controlled Substances are regulated by the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration.

  a. True

  b. False


17. Dispensing Schedule II and Schedule III drugs must be reported _________ to CURES:

  a. Monthly

  b. Bi-annually

  c. Yearly

  d. Voluntarily


18. Diversion programs allow a licensed dental professional to avoid any additional investigations if they finish the program.

  a. True

  b. False


19. Mandated reporting includes all of the following, EXCEPT:

  a. Abuse

  b. Violence

  c. Neglect

  d. Unprofessional conduct


20. A licensed California dentist may perform elective administration of Botox for cosmetic purposes, if granted a permit, if legally prescribed, and if within their scope of practice.

  a. True

  b. False