L-1 Initial Licensure Pathways (revised 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2013, 2016)
ASDA understands alternatives that are preferable to the current process exist, however the Association believes an ideal licensure exam:
- Does not use human subjects in a live clinical testing scenario
- Is psychometrically valid and reliable in its assessment
- Is reflective of the scope of current dental practice
- Is universally accepted
The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) believes demonstration of both kinesthetic and clinical decision-making competence is necessary to obtain initial dental licensure. ASDA believes this should be demonstrated through the following:
- Manikin-based kinesthetic assessment,
- A non-patient based Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and
- Submission of a portfolio of comprehensive patient care.
L-2 Licensure for Graduates of Foreign Dental Schools (2003, 2012)
The American Student Dental Association is opposed to licensure by any mechanism of graduates from schools not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduation from a dental program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, regardless of its geographic location, should be required for eligibility for initial licensure in any jurisdiction in the United States, given that all other jurisdictional requirements are also fulfilled.
L-3 National Board Dental Examinations (revised 2009, 2010)
In regards to National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE), the American Student Dental Association supports a secure examination process. In regards to an examination for advanced post graduate education in dentistry and International Dentist Programs (IDP), the American Student Dental Association supports a single exam that is secure and valid for quantitative scoring.