National Board Dental Examinations

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National Board Dental Examinations 

The National Board Dental Examinations are held on the Minneapolis campus. Virtually all students elect to take these written examinations, which are recognized by all 53 licensing jurisdictions in the United States.

Clinical Board Examinations

In addition to the National Board written examinations, and prior to licensure, students must also pass clinical board examinations. These are predominantly regional examinations but some states do offer their own clinical examinations. At the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) offers a clinical board exam each June and December. Graduates wishing licensure in the eleven states that accept this examination take this board. Of course, students also have the option of taking any other regional or state licensure examinations appropriate to the location in which they plan to practice.

A graduate of an undergraduate dental program in Canada or the United States will be granted the certificate of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada upon fulfillment of the following conditions:

  1. Approval through accreditation of the undergraduate dental program by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada or the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation ("accredited program");
  2. Proper application to the Board; and
  3. Successful completion of the Written and OSCE Examinations within one year of their graduation from an accredited program.
  4. Graduates who do not successfully complete the NDEB Written and OSCE Examinations within one year of their graduation from an accredited program will be required to successfully complete the Certification Process for Graduates of Non-Accredited Programs which presently consists of the Written, Clinical I, II and III Examinations.

For further information on the National Dental Examining Board of Canada examinations and to receive an application form, please contact the NDEB directly.  

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