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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 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 examinations which are currently in development: the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) and the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE).  

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 DLOSCE will begin administration in 2021.

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
800-232-1694

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