The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) is working to develop the new Dental Hygiene Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination, which is expected to launch in 2024. The purpose of this examination is to help dental licensing boards determine whether candidates have the level of clinical judgment and skills required to safely practice entry-level dental hygiene.
As a valid and reliable examination developed by professionals, the DHLOSCE will assess whether candidates can apply clinical knowledge and skills in a problem-solving context. This will be a national examination with identical content for candidates in all states and regions of the country. Content will be determined through utilization of a dental hygiene practice analysis.
To learn more about the DHLOSCE, explore the presentation delivered in June 2022 at the American Dental Education Association’s Allied Dental Program Directors’ Conference.
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More details can be found in the April 2022 webinar on the DHLOSCE and the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE).