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Dental Hygiene Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Exam (DHLOSCE)

The Dental Hygiene Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DHLOSCE) is expected to launch in 2024. The purpose of the DHLOSCE program is to provide dental and/or dental hygiene boards with information concerning whether a dental hygiene candidate possesses the level of clinical judgment and skills required at entry for the safe practice of dental hygiene. 

This will occur through the use of a valid and reliable examination that has been professionally developed. Assessed skills include the ability to apply clinical dental hygiene knowledge and skills in a problem-solving context.

The DHLOSCE will be a national examination with no variation in examination content based on the region of the country where it is administered, nor will it vary based on differing curricula among dental hygiene programs. DHLOSCE content will be determined through utilization of a dental hygiene practice analysis.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Dental Hygiene Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination

  • What is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)? Why were OSCEs developed?
  • Where are OSCEs used?
  • Why is the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations developing a DHLOSCE?
  • How was the decision made to pursue DHLOSCE development?
  • How is DHLOSCE content determined?
  • What is the timeline for development?
  • Will the DHLOSCE be a regional clinical examination?
  • How will candidates apply to take the DHLOSCE?