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Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE) FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE) are provided below. To view the answer, click the question and the answer will appear. For additional information, read this article in ADA News.

  • What is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)?
  • Why were OSCEs developed and where are they used?
  • Are there any states that currently accept an OSCE for initial licensure?
  • Do any of the regional clinical examination agencies administer an OSCE for initial dental licensure?
  • What is the purpose of the ADA DLOSCE?
  • Why is the ADA developing a DLOSCE?
  • Will the DLOSCE be a regional clinical examination?
  • How will DLOSCE content be determined?
  • How was the decision made to pursue DLOSCE development and who supported this decision?
  • When will the DLOSCE be available?
  • Who will oversee DLOSCE during development and deployment?
  • What specific tasks have been assigned to the DLOSCE Steering Committee?