Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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  Licensure by Examination

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  • What clinical examinations are accepted by the Board for candidates applying for licensure by examination?
  • ADEX (as of 01/01/2012 with specific caveats as noted in a subsequent question regarding ADEX examination acceptance)
    CITA (as of 09/08/2005)
    SRTA (as of 01/01/2012 with specific caveats as noted in a subsequent question regarding SRTA examination acceptance)
    WREB (as of 01/01/2017 with specific caveats as noted in a subsequent question regarding WREB examination acceptance).

    At its 08/05/2005 meeting, the Board voted to begin accepting the results of the dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations administered by the Council on Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA) and become a full CITA member state by agreement dated 09/08/2005. However, at its 02/03/2012 meeting, the Board voted not to execute a new Membership Agreement with CITA; thus, as of 06/01/2012, the Board no longer would be a CITA member state. Albeit the Board no longer is a CITA member state, the Board voted to continue recognizing the dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations administered by CITA. CITA now administers the ADEX dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations.

    At its 02/03/2012 meeting, the Board voted to begin accepting the results of the dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations administered by the Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA) and to become a full SRTA member state as of 01/01/2012. However, at its 10/16/2015 meeting, the Board voted to terminate its full membership in SRTA due to certain SRTA Bylaws amendments prohibiting full member states from requiring add-on components, e.g., components not administered by SRTA, for licensure by examination; consequently, the Board voted to change its SRTA membership to an associate member, inasmuch as the Board requires certain add-on components. The Board continues to recognize the results of SRTA’s dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations; however, inasmuch as SRTA no longer administers the ADEX dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations, candidates must fulfill certain additional criteria as stipulated by the Board, such additional requirements noted in a subsequent question regarding SRTA examination acceptance.

    At its 05/18/2012 meeting, the Board voted to begin accepting the clinical dental and dental hygiene examinations developed by the American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX) and administered by the North East Regional Board (NERB), whose name has changed to the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA), as of 01/01/2012. As of 02/03/2012, the Board voted to become a full member state of ADEX, and as of 05/18/2012, the Board voted to become a full member state of NERB/CDCA. CDCA currently administers the ADEX dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations.

    At its 05/05/2017 meeting, the Board voted to begin accepting the results of the dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations administered by the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) as of 01/01/2017. Concomitant with WREB examination acceptance, the Board also voted become a full WREB member state to ensure participation in examination development and governance. WREB’s dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations were accepted contingent upon candidates fulfilling certain additional criteria as stipulated by the Board, such additional requirements being noted in a subsequent question regarding WREB examination acceptance.

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  • IMPORTANT NOTICE for candidates applying for dental licensure by examination who successfully completed the 04/10/2015 ADEX dental patient-based examination administered by SRTA at the University of Tennessee: The Board made the following determination, such determination being formally ratified at the Board's 07/31/2015 meeting and spread upon the Minutes of that meeting:

    * The Board has determined that the ADEX patient-based dental examination administered by SRTA on 04/10/2015 was not administered according to established ADEX protocol.
    * The Board has determined that the ADEX patient-based dental examination administered by SRTA on 04/10/2015 was not administered according to established SRTA protocol for administering a solely SRTA-based dental examination prior to SRTA administering the ADEX dental examination effective 01/01/2013.
    * Albeit the Board began recognizing the SRTA dental examination as of 01/01/2012, which is prior to the date SRTA began administering the ADEX dental examination as of 01/01/2013, because the 04/10/2015 patient-based examination was neither administered according to prior SRTA protocol or current ADEX protocol, the Board does not recognize the results of the 04/10/2015 ADEX patient-based examination.
    * Candidates applying for dental licensure by examination in Mississippi who successfully completed the ADEX patient-based examination on 04/10/2015 will be required to re-take the ADEX patient-based examination, either through SRTA or another regional testing agency administering the ADEX dental examination, to qualify for licensure by examination in Mississippi.
    * This determination will be made a part of the licensure by examination process and provided to candidates applying for licensure by examination for the five-year period from 04/10/2015 through 04/10/2020, inasmuch as Board Regulation 14 stipulates that candidates have a maximum of five years to apply for licensure by examination based upon successful completion of a Board-approved licensure examination.
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  • What dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations are administered by the Board?
  • As of 02/03/2012, the Board voted to begin administering the dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations developed by the American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX) beginning with the 2013 testing season.
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  • What components of the ADEX dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations does the Board require to obtain licensure by examination?
  • At its 05/18/2012 meeting, the Board determined that it would require successful completion of ALL current components of the ADEX dental and dental hygiene clinical examinations to obtain licensure by examination in Mississippi. This will allow candidates participating in these examinations in Mississippi to have full mobility within those states accepting the ADEX clinical examinations. The five (5) current components of the American Dental Licensing Examination (ADLEX) are: Manikin-based Prosthodontic examination; Manikin-based Endodontic examination; Patient-based Restorative examination; Patient-based Periodontal examination; and Computerized Diagnostic Skills Examination (DSE). The two (2) current components of the American Dental Hygiene Licensing Examination (ADHLEX) are: Computer Simulated Clinical Examination (CSCE); and Patient Treatment Clinical Examination (PTCE).
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  • Do I qualify to apply for licensure by examination if I have successfully completed a Board-approved licensure examination that does not have a separate computerized component other than the National Board examinations?
  • This is contingent upon the date you successfully completed a Board-approved licensure examination. For example, candidates who successfully complete Board-approved licensure examinations on or before 12/31/2013 would be qualified to apply for licensure by examination as long as they submit their applications within the specified time period and fulfill other licensure criteria. As of 01/01/2014, however, this no longer will be the case. At its 02/01/2013 meeting, the Board amended Regulation 14 by adding a new item 4.b. which requires, as of 01/01/2014, dental and dental hygiene candidates applying for licensure by examination who have successfully completed a Board-approved licensure examination which does not contain a written/computerized comprehensive examination on applied clinical diagnosis and treatment planning, aside from the written/computerized examinations administered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, to successfully complete the American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX) computerized/written comprehensive examination on applied clinical diagnosis and treatment planning prior to applying for licensure by examination in the State of Mississippi. The time period for successfully completing the ADEX computerized/written examination will coincide with the time period stipulated in item 4.c. of Regulation 14 for dental and dental hygiene candidates to apply for licensure by examination based upon successful completion of a Board-approved licensure examination. Refer to Board Regulation 14.
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  • What are the Board's requirements for dental and dental hygiene candidates applying for licensure by examination based upon successful completion of the examinations administered by the Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA)?
  • In addition to successfully completing all patient-based and manikin-based components of SRTA’s dental clinical examination, to ensure compliance with Board Regulation 14, dental candidates applying for licensure by examination also must successfully complete the ADEX dental computerized examination, i.e., DSE, prior to applying for licensure in Mississippi. In addition to successfully completing all patient-based components of SRTA’s dental hygiene clinical examination, to ensure compliance with Board Regulation 14, dental hygiene candidates applying for licensure by examination also must successfully complete the ADEX dental hygiene computerized examination, i.e., CSCE, prior to applying for licensure in Mississippi.
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  • What are the Board's requirements for dental and dental hygiene candidates applying for licensure by examination based upon successful completion of the examinations administered by the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB)?
  • In addition to successfully completing the patient-based operative, manikin-based endodontic, and computerized Comprehensive Treatment Planning (CTP) components of WREB’s dental clinical examination, dental candidates applying for licensure by examination also must successfully complete all manikin-based prosthodontic procedures and the patient-based periodontal examination prior to applying for licensure in Mississippi. Since WREB administers a separate computerized examination on applied diagnosis and treatment planning, i.e., the CTP, apart from what is administered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, WREB’s CTP fulfills this requirement of Board Regulation 14. In addition to successfully completing all components of WREB’s dental hygiene patient-based clinical examination and to ensure compliance with Board Regulation 14, dental hygiene candidates applying for licensure by examination also must successfully complete the ADEX dental hygiene computerized examination, i.e., CSCE, prior to applying for licensure in Mississippi, inasmuch as WREB does not have a separate dental hygiene computerized examination on applied diagnosis and treatment planning, apart from what is administered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations.
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  • If I am a graduate of a foreign country dental or dental hygiene school, do I qualify to participate in the Mississippi licensure examination?
  • A dentist who has graduated from a foreign country dental school must successfully complete a minimum of two (2) years of full-time post-doctoral dental education at a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association. A dental hygienist who is a graduate of a foreign country dental hygiene school must complete a minimum of one (1) year of full-time post-graduate clinical education in a dental hygiene school accredited by the American Dental Association. Furthermore, foreign licensure candidates must meet additional criteria as prescribed by law. Refer to Miss. Code Ann. 73-9-23.
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  • As a dental candidate, what are the steps for me to acquire a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number once I receive my license?
  • You must request an application for registration through DEA at 504-840-1063 or write to the DEA at Suite 1800, Three Lakeway Center, 3838 North Causeway Boulevard, Metairie, LA, 70002. You may not apply for a DEA registration number until you have a Mississippi license.
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  • What is the time limit for applying for licensure by examination upon successful completion of a Board-recognized licensure examination?
  • Candidates who successfully complete a Board-recognized licensure examination shall have a maximum of five (5) years from the date of successful completion of a Board-recognized licensure examination to make application for licensure by examination in the State of Mississippi. Furthermore, after the expiration of one (1) year from the date of their successful completion of a Board-recognized licensure examination, candidates shall be required to show proof of actively practicing their profession for a minimum of ninety (90) days per year prior to making application for licensure by examination. Refer to Board Regulation 14.
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  • Do I need to take a jurisprudence examination to obtain licensure by examination, and, if so, what is the time limit for taking the examination?
  • Yes, a candidate must successfully complete the Board's jurisprudence examination with a score of 75% or greater. The Mississippi jurisprudence examination is based upon the laws and regulations currently adopted by the Board, and the examination must be completed within ninety (90) days from the date the candidate makes application to the Board for a license by examination. No license shall be issued to any candidate who does not successfully complete a Mississippi jurisprudence examination. Refer to Board Regulation 14.
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  • What does my application fee cover when I submit my application for licensure by examination?
  • The fee you submit via certified check or money order with your application for licensure by examination ONLY is an application processing fee; as such, this fee strictly covers the Board's time and resources involved in processing your application. Once you have been issued a license, you will be REQUIRED to renew that license within sixty (60) days from receipt of your license. You should consider the "renewal" fee as a license activation fee. In other words, to obtain licensure by examination, your fees will be two-fold: (a) the initial licensure processing fee you submit with your application; and (b) the subsequent renewal fee you submit once you have been issued a license. Refer to Board Regulation37.
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