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The Dental Licensure Objective Structured Examination (DLOSCE) is currently under development. It is anticipated that a pilot exam will be available in late 2019, with deployment occuring in 2020.

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


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:


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 2020. 

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

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