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DLOSCE Field Testing Program

The Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE) Steering Committee is committed to delivering a high-quality clinical licensure examination that is valid and reliable, and can be used with confidence by dental boards to identify candidates who possess the necessary level of clinical skills to safely practice dentistry. In accordance with this mandate, the DLOSCE Steering Committee will be conducting a comprehensive field testing program in support of the DLOSCE, before making the DLOSCE available to state dental boards for use in licensure decision making.  

Preliminary Field Test:  April 2019

A preliminary field test of the DLOSCE will be conducted in April 2019, with students from two US dental schools that have been identified by the Steering Committee. The goal of this preliminary field test is to identify and correct any minor issues in DLOSCE item presentation, prior to the main pilot. Participating students will take an initial draft version of the DLOSCE at their local Prometric testing centers. This draft version will be similar to the intended final examination, but will also contain certain differences. Subsequent to test administration, staff from the ADA’s Department of Testing Services will conduct focus groups to collect additional feedback on the draft examination from the participating students. Students will receive between $200 and $400 for participating, depending on their performance on the DLOSCE field test. Students with the strongest performance will receive the highest incentive amount (i.e., $400).

Nationwide Field Test:  November 15, 2020 through January 15, 2021

A nationwide field test of the DLOSCE will take place from November 15, 2020 through January 15, 2021. For this stage of the field testing program, staff from the ADA’s Department of Testing Services will recruit a national sample of at least 1,000 US dental students to participate, up to a maximum of 2,400 students. Participating students will take a pilot version of the DLOSCE at Prometric testing centers across the US. Students will be eligible to participate if they have taken or are eligible to take National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part II. A sample of eligible students from each US dental school will be invited to participate. Students will receive between $200 and $400 for participating in the field test, depending on their performance on DLOSCE questions. Students with the strongest performance will receive the highest incentive amount (i.e., $400).

As part of the nationwide field test, the DLOSCE Steering Committee will seek to identify a small number of dental schools that would like to have ALL of their eligible students participate. These schools would be asked to provide dental school grade information that the Steering Committee could use to study the relationship between performance on the DLOSCE and performance in dental school.  The DLOSCE Steering Committee will seek to identify these schools through a survey that will be sent to US dental programs in the second quarter of 2020, with decisions made by the Committee shortly thereafter.

Official Release

Pending successful completion of the field testing program, the DLOSCE Steering Committee anticipates that the examination will be made available to state dental boards in the second quarter of 2021, for use in licensure decision making. 

The following news articles provide additional information:

  • Committee members overseeing the development of national dental licensure exam appointed April 24, 2017
  • ADA Board of Trustees votes to create national dental licensure exam March 20, 2017

Presentations

The ADA presents updated information to conferences, stakeholders and state dental boards regarding the creation and development of the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE). The following presentations provide information that should be considered as the most up-to-date at the time the presentation is given:

Resources

DLOSCE Steering Committee

The Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE) Steering Committee is comprised of eight members. The Committee includes representatives from dental schools, dental practice, state dental examining boards, and the ADA Board of Trustees. 

The DLOSCE is a new examination being developed by the Steering Committee, with support from the ADA Department of Testing Services. The DLOSCE is expected to begin administration in 2021. 

The current members are listed below. Detailed member biographical information is available to download (PDF)

Dr. Roy Thompson, Chair
Dr. Craig Armstrong
Dr. David Carsten
Dr. Edward J. Hebert
Dr. Michael Kanellis
Dr. Frank W. Licari
Dr. Prabu Raman
Dr. Mark R. Stetzel