Skip to main content
Toggle Menu of ADA WebSites
ADA Websites
Partnerships and Commissions
Toggle Search Area
Toggle Menu
e-mail Print Share

National Board Dental Examinations

The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) administers several standardized tests/exams to evaluate the preparedness of individuals for the study and practice of dentistry.

A new exam, the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE), will begin administration on August 1, 2020. The INBDE is a written cognitive examination for dental licensure. It is scheduled to replace the current National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Part I and Part II.

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 minimum you must successfully complete all three to fulfill for 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

best live chat