The purpose of the NBDHE is to assist state boards in determining qualifications of dental hygienists who seek licensure to practice dental hygiene. The examination assesses the ability to understand important information from basic biomedical, dental and dental hygiene sciences, and the ability to apply such information in a problem-solving context. State boards use the information provided by the NBDHE to help protect the public health.

Contact Information

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

Cost to Apply

$440 (Credit card payments only). Examination fees are non-refundable and non-transferable (no exceptions). All fees are in USD.

Examination Dates

You should schedule 60 to 90 days before your desired exam date. Please remember, you may schedule your examination appointment with Pearson VUE only upon receipt of your eligibility notification.