The Integrated National Board Dental Examination is a high-stakes licensure examination requiring candidates to use their clinical skills to successfully complete one or more dental problem-solving tasks. This two-day examination, which replaces the NBDE Part I and NBDE Part II, 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 INBDE, working in collaboration with the Department of Testing Services (DTS). Candidates take the examination at test centers operated by Prometric, an authorized vendor of JCNDE and DTS.
The INBDE is accepted in all U.S. states and territories as fulfilling all or part of the written examination requirements for licensure. Please refer to each dental board’s website for specific details, clarifications and updated policies.
IMPORTANT NOTE for test candidates: The NBDE Part II examination will be offered through December 2022 only. If you have taken the NBDE Part I or registered for the INBDE, you may be eligible to take the NBDE II if you wish. Visit this page to learn more.