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What is the dental licensing exam?

The dental licensing exam is the exam you take after completeing all the requirements of your dental school and part's I and II of the NBDE which allows you to become a practicing dentist. The exam is conducted over several days includes both a written portion and a clinical portion. For some basic information on the exam view the ADA's Dental Boards & Licensure guide. More details on exactly what is tested on the dental licensing exam can be found at the websites for each of the regional and state testing agencies.


Which dental licensing exam do I take for my state?

Most states participate in one or more regional licensing exam. By taking a regional exam, students are then able to apply for a license in any state that excepts the results from that exam. There are a few states that do not participate in a regional exam at all and instead require a seperate exam for their state only. Below is a breakdown of the regional licensing agencies and the states that except them and also a list of states that do not participate in a regional licensing system:

NERB: North East Regional Board
Participating: Connecticut, DC, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
Recognizing: Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakotta, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Conditionally Recognizing: Arizona.

WREB: Western Regional Examining Board
Participating: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Recognizing: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

SRTA: Southern Regional Testing Agency


CITA: Council of Interstate Testing Agencies
Recognizing: Alabama, Louisiana, Massachusetts, MAine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia.

CRDTS: Central Regional Dental Testing Service
Recognizing: Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

Individual State Exams:
California, Delaware, Florida, Nevada, and the US Virgin Islands.




When do I take the dental licensing exam?

Students take the licensing exam after completing their requirements for dental school. The exams are all offered several times of year and different dental schools across the country. For the most up to date information on exam dates, locations and how to register, go to the website of the regional or state licensing exam agency for details.


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