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DLOSCE Implementation Plan

The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) announced the DLOSCE will be available for use in 2020 by dental boards in the US, with a targeted release of June 2020. More information is available in a letter from Dr. Cataldo Leone (PDF), chair of the JCNDE.

Quick Facts

The JCNDE has provided this comprehensive overview of the DLOSCE implementation plan and examination program.

Summary of Validity Evidence

The JNCDE invites dental boards to consider the information provided below regarding the validity of the DLOSCE, as they consider using DLOSCE results in 2020 to inform licensure decisions.

Technical Report

The objective of a technical report is to provide examination users with information to help them evaluate the validity of examination scores they interpret and use.


The ADA presents updated information to conferences, stakeholders and state dental boards regarding the creation and development of the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE). The following presentations provide information that should be considered as the most up-to-date at the time the presentation is given:


DLOSCE Steering Committee

The Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE) Steering Committee is comprised of eight members. The Committee includes representatives from dental schools, dental practice, state dental examining boards, and the ADA Board of Trustees. 

The DLOSCE is a new examination being developed by the Steering Committee, with support from the ADA Department of Testing Services. The DLOSCE is expected to begin administration in 2020.

The current members are listed below. Detailed member biographical information is available to download (PDF)

Dr. Roy Thompson, Chair
Dr. Craig Armstrong
Dr. David Carsten
Dr. Edward J. Hebert
Dr. Michael Kanellis
Dr. Cataldo Leone (JCNDE Chair)
Dr. Frank W. Licari
Dr. Prabu Raman
Dr. William Robinson (JCNDE)
Dr. Mark R. Stetzel