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Webinar Registration
Change to NBDE and INBDE Eligibility Criteria
INBDE Practice Questions
Update to Eligibility Policy
Important Note Concerning Periodontology Terminology 
INBDE Formal Notification
Online National Board Results
INBDE Implementation Plan
Reference Texts

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

Register Now to Learn More About the DLOSCE 

Members of state dental associations are invited to join the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) for a webinar on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 3:00p.m. Central Time (CT). This panel discussion, followed by a Q&A, is specifically for state dental associations interested in learning more about the DLOSCE. Please note that advance registration is required for anyone interested in attending this webinar. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, advance registration will guarantee you are sent a recording following the presentation.  

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Important Change to NBDE and INBDE Eligibility Criteria 

As of September 4, 2020, the JCNDE announced that it will extend the last date to take the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I to December 31, 2020 for ALL qualified dental candidates (i.e., regardless of whether or not they were trained by CODA-accredited dental programs). The last day to submit an application for Part I is December 15, 2020.

The Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) is now available. The NBDE Part II will be discontinued on August 1, 2022. 

More information is available on the INBDE webpages.  

INBDE Practice Questions

INBDE Practice Questions are available for candidates interested in taking the examination once it becomes available August 1, 2020. These questions were developed by test constructors who are developing the INBDE examination and were previously used for INBDE Field Tests.

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

All practice items are the copyrighted property of the JCNDE. The practice items are intended for the use of educators and students within the educational environment or for individual study and may not be reproduced in any format, whether paper or electronic, without expressed written permission of the JCNDE.

Update to Eligibility Policy

Under the JCNDE Five Years/Five Attempts Eligibility Rule, candidates must pass the examination within:

  • five years of their first attempt or
  • five examination attempts, whichever comes first

Subsequent to the fifth year or fifth attempt, candidates may test once every 12 months after their most recent examination attempt. 

Important Note Concerning Periodontology Terminology

In 2017, the American Academy of Periodontology introduced new classifications. These new classifications will appear on the INBDE and the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE) when they go live, and they will be implemented in the fall of 2020 for the NBDE Part II and in the fall of 2021 for the NBDHE. 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.  

National Board Results Available Online

National Board results are now available in My Account. Follow these instructions on how to access your results (PDF).

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.

Reference Texts

The National Board Dental exam items are not based on specific textbooks. Test Construction committees use the following resources: