Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE™)

Resources and tools for candidates seeking to complete the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination.
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In early April, the Department of Testing Services (DTS) will be upgrading its online systems to provide a better user experience and incorporate enhanced security features. See additional information below.

All web systems for all examination programs will be unavailable during the upgrade

This includes access to functionality such as the following:  

  • DENTPIN requests and retrievals
  • Accessing the DTS HUB
  • Submission of new test applications
  • Scheduling of testing appointments for unprocessed applications (i.e., applications awaiting school approval, applications pending decisions concerning testing accommodations, etc.)
  • Accessing test results and requesting distribution of results
  • Audit requests, eligibility extension requests, NB certificate orders

There may additionally be a delay in score processing. This systemwide upgrade will not impact test applications that have already been processed and are awaiting candidates to schedule testing appointments. Candidates who have already scheduled an examination or test date can still do so at the respective test centers.

Please plan ahead for this scheduled interruption. Systems will be unavailable to both you and DTS staff during the upgrade. No exceptions will be possible during this period. 

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact DTS at 1.800.232.1694. You may also contact DTS staff via the email address provided for each examination program. 

DLOSCE  dlosce@ada.org 
INBDE, NBDHE nbexams@ada.org 

The DLOSCE at a glance

Here’s a quick overview of what to expect and when the examination is available. 

Info graphic for DCLOSE that reads, "Accepted at Six states as full or partial fulfillment of board licensure examination requirements, Available Only during testing windows, Offered at Prometric Test Centers in the U.S. and its territories Canada, Test Time 6 hours 45 min".

More about the DLOSCE

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.

For detailed information about the examination, download the DLOSCE Candidate Guide below.

Recent and Forthcoming Updates

Please download and check Recent and Forthcoming Updates to Examinations and Tests (PDF) often as you prepare for your  examination.
Find detailed information on all aspects of the examination.
Take the first step in scheduling your examination.
Get ready for the DLOSCE. Review practice questions and more.

More information and resources

Create or manage your DENTPIN

To take your examination, you will need a unique personal identification number (DENTPIN). If you have already applied for or taken another dental exam, you may already have a DENTPIN. Sign in here to retrieve an existing DENTPIN, create a new DENTPIN, or to modify the information linked to your DENTPIN.

Steps to take before scheduling your examination

You will take the DLOSCE at a testing center operated by Prometric, an approved partner of JCNDE and the Department of Testing Services. Before scheduling your test appointment, you must:

  • Review the DLOSCE Candidate Guide, with special focus on eligibility requirements, rules of conduct, examination regulations and the testing center procedures.
  • View the guide (PDF)

  • Submit an application to the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE).
  • Apply now 

  • If you are attending a dental school that is not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), complete and submit the Certificate of Eligibility, which requires a signature from the dean or registrar of your school.
  • View DLOSCE Certificate of Eligibility (PDF)

  • Receive an eligibility email from the JCNDE confirming that you are ready to schedule your exam.
Scheduling your examination date

Once you have received a confirmation email from the JCNDE, you’re ready to choose your examination date. Review current COVID-19 test center procedures on the Prometric website.

Select a date and time by contacting Prometric directly via the link below. Your appointment should be scheduled 60 to 90 days before your desired test date.

On the left-hand side of the page, select “Schedule,” then supply your preferred state to find a test center. Enter your DENTPIN as your eligibility ID. Then choose the DLOSCE option.

Select your test date

Rescheduling or canceling your examination date

If you need to cancel or reschedule your test date, contact Prometric directly via the link below. You must make your request at least 24 hours ahead of your scheduled testing appointment. You will pay a fee directly to Prometric, based on the schedule shown here. Please note that leaving a message for the local Prometric test center is not sufficient, since they cannot schedule, reschedule or cancel your appointment.

Contact Prometric

EMERGENCY CANCELLATIONS: If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment due to sudden illness or death in your immediate family, contact the Department of Testing Services by emailing testingproblems@ada.org or calling 800.232.1694.

 

If you cancel or reschedule   Your fee will be 
 30 or more days before test date  $40
 5-29 days before scheduled test date  $70
 1-4 days before scheduled test date  $150
 If you fail to appear for a scheduled testing appointment OR arrive 30 minutes after the scheduled start time and are refused admission  Full testing fee will be forfeited 

 

Concerns about test day issues or conditions 

After taking the examination, If you have concerns about scheduling issues, exam conditions or any unresolved problems, inform the Prometric test administrator before leaving the test center.

Get your National Board certificate

If you have successfully completed the DLOSCE and want to purchase a National Board certificate, log in with your DENTPIN and password here.

Purchase certificate

Request an audit of your examination results

You can request an audit of your examination results within 30 days of the date on your official DLOSCE results document. A $65 fee applies. Audit results are available within four to six weeks. To request an audit, log in with your DENTPIN and password.

History and development of the DLOSCE 

For a complete history of the DLOSCE, along with details on the exam’s purpose and content and information on the value of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, visit this page.

DLOSCE history

Key features and differences between the DLOSCE and INBDE

To understand key features and differences between the DLOSCE and the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE), please download the following document.

View the DLOSCE and INBDE - A Powerful Combination (PDF)

 
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