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National Board Dental Examinations

The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) administers several standardized exams to evaluate the preparedness of individuals for the study and practice of dentistry and dental hygiene. They include the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I and Part II, the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE), and two new examinations which have recently launched: the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) and the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE). 

Both the NBDE Part I and Part II will be discontinued. As of September 4, 2020, the JCNDE announced that it will extend the last date to take the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I to December 31, 2020 for ALL qualified dental candidates (i.e., regardless of whether or not they were trained by CODA-accredited dental programs). The last day to submit an application for Part I is December 15, 2020. The NBDE Part II will be discontinued on August 1, 2022. 

The Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE), is now available. It is a written cognitive examination for dental licensure. The INBDE is scheduled to replace the current National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Part I and Part II. 

The DLOSCE launched in June 2020 and applications are available.

The purpose of the National Board Examinations (Part I, Part II, and Dental Hygiene) is to assist state boards in determining qualifications of dentists and dental hygienists who seek licensure to practice dentistry and dental hygiene. These examinations assess the ability to understand important information from basic biomedical and dental or dental hygiene sciences, and also the ability to apply such information in a problem-solving context.

Specific dental and dental hygiene licensure requirements vary among jurisdictions, but all jurisdictions have three basic requirements: an educational requirement, a written examination requirement and a clinical examination requirement. At a minimum you must successfully complete all three to fulfill basic licensure requirements.

Before you can apply to take these examinations, you must obtain a DENTPIN.

Contact Information
The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago , Illinois 60611-2678

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