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Important Change to NBDE and INBDE Eligibility Criteria for Candidates from Non-Accredited Dental Programs 

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. 

Important Note Concerning Periodontics Terminology

In 2017, the American Academy of Periodontology introduced new classifications. These new classifications will be implemented in the fall of 2020. Download and review the information below.

During the transition period, it is recommended that individuals become knowledgeable with both sets of classifications, because individual researchers, practitioners, and existing textbooks can communicate information using either set of classifications. Periodontal educators recommend that individuals refer to the 2017 World Workshop On the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions on the American Academy of Periodontology website

INBDE Formal Notification

The JCNDE has issued a formal notification (PDF) that the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) will be available for administration beginning on August 1, 2020. The NBDE Part I will be discontinued on July 31, 2020, and the NBDE Part II will be discontinued on August 1, 2022.  

INBDE Practice Questions Available

Download the INBDE practice questions (PDF) that are now available for use by stakeholders and communities of interest in preparing for the INBDE.

INBDE Implementation Plan

The INBDE implementation plan is available. It provides stakeholders and communities of interest with information regarding how INBDE implementation will occur, the information that will be made available to help facilitate the transition, and recommended actions for stakeholders and communities of interest. Please download and review the INBDE Implementation Plan and Recommended Actions (PDF) now.

The JCNDE meets once a year and information on actions taken at the April 2015 JCNDE meeting are now available. The most recent and earlier reports can be downloaded on the Unofficial Reports page.

Presentations on the Integrated National Board Dental Examination: