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Integrated National Board Dental Examination

Important Change to NBDE Eligibility for Candidates from Non-Accredited Dental Program 

The Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) will be available for administration on August 1, 2020. 

In anticipation of this launch, candidates from non-accredited dental programs who have NOT yet successfully completed the NBDE Part I:

  • May NOT take the NBDE (Part I and Part II) after May 31, 2020.
  • Must take the INBDE to receive National Board Examination (NBE) certification, beginning August 1, 2020.
  • Any application submitted after November 30, 2019, will automatically be assigned a testing window that ends May 31, 2020.

Note: If a non-accredited candidate has successfully completed the NBDE Part I by May 31, 2020, the candidate will still be eligible to take the NBDE Part II until July 31, 2022. 

Candidates from accredited dental programs are not affected by this change.

Formal Notification  

The NBDE Part I will be discontinued as of July 31, 2020. The NBDE Part II will be discontinued two years later, on August 1, 2022. No further administrations of the NBDE will be provided after the aforementioned dates.

Download and read the following documents for additional information:

Since 2009, the JCNDE has worked to develop an examination program that integrates content from the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences, to replace National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Parts I and II. The purpose of the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) mirrors that of the NBDE Program: to assist dental boards in determining the qualifications of individuals who seek licensure to practice dentistry. 

The Joint Commission will continue to provide news about this transition as information becomes available.

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