Important Note:  Although some regional and state examinations offer the option of not taking a Patient-Based Periodontal Examination, successful completion of this portion of a regional or state exam is required for dental licensure in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Board of Registration requires applicants for licensure in dentistry and dental hygiene to submit proof of successful completion (a minimum of 75% in EACH SECTION) of a clinical examination administered by one of the following:

  • North East Regional Board (NERB)
  • Florida State Board of Dental Examiners
  • Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners
  • Central Region Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) if taken prior to July 1, 2009
  • Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA) Dental Exam if taken on or after January 1, 2013
  • Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA) Dental Exam if taken on or after January 1, 2014

OR

Successful completion of the NERB Diagnostic Skills Exam (DSE - formerly called DSCE) for dentists or the CSCE for dental hygienists plus successful completion (a minimum of 75% in EACH SECTION) of a state clinical examination acceptable to the Board or a clinical examination administered by one of the following:

  • Central Region Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) if taken on or after July 1, 2009
  • Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA) Dental Exam if taken prior to January 1, 2013
  • Southern Regional Test Agency (SRTA) Dental Hygiene Exam
  • Western Regional Examination Board (WREB)*
  • Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA) Dental Exam if taken prior to January 1, 2014
  • Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA) Dental Hygiene Exam

* Please note that for those submitting WREB test scores from exams taken after January 1, 2009, a rating of three (3) out of five (5) on sections of the exam using a rating system of 1-5 is considered passing by the Massachusetts Board (Board decision of November 18, 2009).


This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.