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Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE) FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE) are provided below. To view the answer, click the question and the answer will appear. For additional information, read the April 6, 2020, April 24, 2017 and March 10, 2017 articles in ADA News. For your convenience, you may also download and view or print a PDF version of the DLOSCE FAQs.

  • What is the purpose of the DLOSCE?
  • What is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)? Why were OSCEs developed?
  • How do candidates apply to take the DLOSCE?
  • Which states currently accept the DLOSCE?
  • Why did the JCNDE develop a DLOSCE?
  • Will the DLOSCE be a regional clinical examination?
  • How is DLOSCE content determined?
  • How was the decision made to pursue DLOSCE development and who supported this decision?