L-1 Initial Licensure Pathways (revised 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2013, 2016)

Policy Number: L-1

Policy Category: Licensure

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.