Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE)

The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) developed the INBDE because of changes in educational curriculum and new accreditation standards that took effect in 2013, requiring the integration of basic sciences with behavioral and clinical science instruction.

INBDE Testing begins August 20, 2020

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Students should check with their dental school program to determine the appropriate time to test on the National Board Examinations. The timing will help students determine which examinations they should plan to take. Each school determines when students are sufficiently prepared for the National Board Examinations.

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Dates presented should be interpreted as “no sooner than”. Actual dates will be contingent upon field testing results.

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NOTICE: The NBDE Part I will be discontinued as of October 31, 2020. The NBDE Part II will be discontinued two years later, on July 31, 2022. No further administrations of the NBDE will be provided after the aforementioned dates.

Contact Information

Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2637
800-232-1694

The purpose of the exams is to assist state boards in determining qualifications of dentists who seek licensure to practice dentistry. The examinations assess the ability to understand important information from the biomedical and dental sciences, and the ability to apply such information in a problem-solving context. State boards use the information provided by the NBDE Program to help protect the public health.

Cost to Apply

Part I: $425 (Credit card payments only). Examination fees are non-refundable and non-transferable (no exceptions).

Part II: $475 (Credit card payments only). Examination fees are non-refundable and non-transferable (no exceptions).

INBDE: $680 (Credit card payments only). Examination fees are non-refundable and non-transferable (no exceptions).

Schedule a Time to Take the Exam

You must apply for your exam with the ADA and receive your eligibility letter prior to scheduling your testing appointment with Prometric. Exams are administered year-round at Prometric Test Centers in the United States, its territories, and Canada.