The Health Professions Act (HPA) places the responsibility of public safety and monitoring of denturism in the province of Alberta with the College. 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.
The assessment process is delivered at the University of Alberta and consists 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 National Competency Profile for Denturism (Sept 2013). This theory portion is designed to assess critical thinking.
For 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 interprofessional, 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 exam 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 the OSCE is difficult because the nature of OSCEs is to assess the culmination of knowledge and skill that has been developed over years of their entire education. In short, OSCEs respect a candidate’s 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. In addition, the global rating scale is applied.
GLOBAL RATING SCALE
In all interactions of an exam candidate during the OSCE, the global rating scale is applied. This scale refers to your overall performance and includes:
- verbal communication
- non-verbal communication
- overall knowledge and skill
The categories and their respective weightings of importance are:
|JURISPRUDENCE, ETHICS, & PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES||9.8%|
The Alberta registration exam reflects those competencies in content and importance, and are as follows:
|MCQ (up to 200 questions)|
|OSCE (≈18 stations)|
|JURISPRUDENCE, ETHICS & PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY||1-2|