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National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE®)

The National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) is offered under the auspices of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, an independent agency of the American Dental Association. The NBDHE assists state boards in evaluating qualifications of dental hygienists for licensure. NBDHE certification is accepted in all states as fulfilling all or part of the written examination requirements for licensure. The NBDHE assesses the ability to understand important information from basic biomedical and dental hygiene sciences and also the ability to apply such information in a problem-solving context.


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Tutorial Installation Requirements and Instructions PDF 364 KB
NBDHE Tutorial * .MSI (EXE) 44.1 MB

* Windows-based PC required; Tutorial is not available for Mac platforms

NBDHE Practice Test

The NBDHE also offers practice tests intended to help candidates understand the types of questions that will be asked on the NBDHE certification exam.

Lean more about the NBDHE Practice Test here.

Scheduling a Testing Appointment

Prior to scheduling a testing appointment, you must:

  1. Review the NBDHE Candidate Guide, specifically the Eligibility Requirements, Rules of Conduct, Examination Regulations, and the Testing Center Procedures.
  2. Submit an examination application to the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE). Your application must be approved by your dental hygiene program director or you must submit proof of graduation from an approved education program.
  3. Receive an eligibility email from the JCNDE.
  4. Create a Pearson VUE web account (first-time test takers only).

If you have questions regarding the NBHDE application process, please visit, e-mail the JCNDE at, or call the JCNDE office at 800.232.1694.

Please Note

There is a $25 transaction charge for every testing appointment rescheduled, whether via the call center or the website.

Important Identification Information

The name on your ID must match exactly with the name on your NBDHE application file. If you have conflicting IDs, you will be refused admission to the Pearson VUE Test Center and, as a result, will miss your scheduled appointment and forfeit your application fee. Name changes must be submitted in writing via email to at least two weeks prior to testing and include your DENTPIN, government issued photo ID and legal name change document(s) when applicable. If you have any questions concerning types of acceptable identification, please call the DTS office at 800.232.1694.

Last updated 2024-01-09