Dental licensure reform has been a priority for ASDA for many years. Due in part to ASDA’s advocacy efforts, we saw rapid change in the licensure process during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students successfully proved to state boards and testing agencies that a live human subject is not necessary to demonstrate competency.

Where are we now in 2023?

Prior to 2020, only 10 states accepted non-patient based alternative exams. As of April 2023, nearly all states have moved to permanently accept many of the alternatives that they started accepting during the pandemic.

Licensure resources

For the most up-to-date information about your state’s licensure requirements, we encourage you to check your state’s dental board website. Here are some additional resources: