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NBDHE General Information

Click the blue box and check back daily for new information.  Important updates for all testing candidates regarding COVID-19  

Capacity Limited at Pearson Vue Test Centers Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

As a direct result of state and county social distancing guidelines, testing appointment availability has been substantially reduced at sites across the US, with most Pearson VUE sites operating at 50% capacity or less.  Additionally, site capacity continues to fluctuate as guidelines are further modified at the state and county level, and as Pearson VUE extends testing hours where possible.

In light of the situation, the Department of Testing Services (DTS) recommends the following:

  • Candidates should schedule their testing appointments as soon as possible to avoid delays in testing.
  • Candidates who have already scheduled appointments may wish to revisit their scheduling periodically to see if an earlier appointment may be available, as Pearson VUE adjusts to meet the demand.
  • Candidates whose six-month eligibility window is about to expire are invited to contact DTS at if they are experiencing scheduling issues.
  • Candidates experiencing general difficulties obtaining an NBDHE testing appointment are welcome to contact DTS at  
  • When reaching out to DTS, candidates should make sure to include their DENTPIN, preferred testing location (including city and state), and the date range in which they are trying to take the exam.


The JCNDE has reduced the length of the NBDHE so that it now requires less than four hours to complete. The shortened version of the examination should make it less difficult for students to find testing appointments. The standard-length version of the NBDHE will not resume administration until fall of 2021 at the earliest. Once an exact date has been set, further information will be posted and disseminated to dental hygiene programs.

More information can be found by downloading the NBDHE Quick Facts (PDF) and Short-Form FAQs (PDF).


  • Apply to Take the NBDHE
  • Schedule a Time to Take the Examination
  • Schedule Change Information
  • Exam Preparation Material and Helpful Information
  • Examination Item Development Guide
  • NBDHE Results Information and Audit Request
  • Test Security and Fraud Prevention