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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 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). The DLOSCE launched in June 2020 and applications are available.

The INBDE, is also available. It is a written cognitive examination for dental licensure. This exam has replaced the NBDE Part I and will replace Part II when it is discontinued on August 1, 2022. 

The purpose of the National Board Examinations (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.

You must use your DENTPIN to apply for these examinations. You may already have one, if not, you must obtain a DENTPIN.

Contact Information
The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago , Illinois 60611-2678
800-232-1694

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