To: Deans of Schools of Dental Medicine
From: The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry

Re: Notice of Change in Policy Affecting Applicants for Dental and Dental Hygiene Licensure in Massachusetts

This is to inform you that, at its November 18, 2009 meeting, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry was assured by Western Regional Examination Board (WREB) that a score of three (3) out of five (5) on the operative, endodontic, and patient assessment sections of the WREB clinical examination meets the Massachusetts requirement for a passing score of 75% in each section.

Therefore, Board has voted to accept 3.0 as a passing rating for the operative, endodontic, and patient assessment sections of the Western Regional Examination Board (WREB), retro-active to January 1, 2009 when this scoring method was adopted by WREB for these sections of their clinical examination.

Please note that the Board continues to require that applicants submitting WREB scores also submit proof of successful completion (75%) of the NERB Diagnostic Skills Exam (DSE, formerly known as DSCE).

Attached is updated information regarding the requirements for clinical licensing examinations for applicants for dental and dental hygiene licenses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that are posted on the Board's website at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kathleen Atkinson, Executive Director, at 617-973-0973 or at

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

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