The Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination is a high-stakes licensure examination requiring candidates to use their clinical skills to successfully complete one or more dental problem-solving tasks. The examination is designed to provide information to U.S. dental boards seeking to determine whether licensure candidates have the necessary level of clinical skills to safely practice entry-level dentistry. The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) is the governing body for the DLOSCE, working in collaboration with the Department of Testing Services (DTS). Candidates take the examination at test centers operated by Prometric, an official vendor of the JCNDE and the DTS.
The DLOSCE is accepted in 6 states as fulfilling all or part of the written examination requirements for licensure. Please refer to each state board’s website for specific details, clarifications, and updated policies.