National Board Dental Examinations

The purpose of the Integrated National Board Dental Examination is to assist state boards in determining qualifications of dentists who seek licensure to practice dentistry. The examinations assesses both the candidate’s knowledge of basic biomedical and dental sciences and the cognitive skills to apply such information in a problem-solving context. “It is referred to as an “integrated” exam because it combines content from several disciplines, and test takers must integrate their knowledge of science with the clinical know-how involved in the safe practice of dentistry to answer many of the test items.”

The National Board Dental Examinations is an electronic exam, composed of 500 multiple-choice test-items and is administered over two days. The exam is comprehensive and requires diligent preparation and study time. Several study aids and guides are available for this purpose ( ).

In the absence of extraordinary circumstances, the National Board Dental Examination is to be taken in the summer after successful completion of the third-year curriculum. Taking the exam is a requirement for graduation.

Approval to take the examination is given by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs once all prerequisite coursework has been satisfactorily completed.