Dentist Licensure Board Exam: Application Requirements, Coverage, and Schedule

If you want to learn more about what it takes to pass the Dentist Licensure Board Exam to get your license, we’ve got you covered.

In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to understand about the board exam, from the schedule to the qualifications. Having said that, if you’re interested and would like to know everything, keep reading.

What is a Dentist?

Dentists are highly educated professionals who assist with the treatment of teeth and mouth. One of the most essential duties of a dentist is to promote proper oral health. This aids in the prevention of complications in your mouth or other areas of the body.

A dentist also diagnoses and addresses gum, tooth, and mouth conditions. Dentists conduct dental operations using advanced technologies and instruments such as X-ray devices, lasers, drills, brushes, scalpels, and other surgical supplies. To avoid the transmission of germs or bacteria, they often wear protective clothing such as gloves, goggles, and safety glasses.

Among the most frequent dental duties are:

  • People being educated about oral hygiene.
  • Cavity filling
  • removing dental plaque or erosion
  • Repairing or removing missing teeth
  • X-rays and diagnostics being checked
  • Providing anesthesia
  • Adding fillings or sealants
  • Examining the development of teeth and jawbones

What is the Dentist Licensure Board Examination?

The PRC is the official body in charge of all licensing exams in the country, with the exception of the Philippine Bar Exam, which is conducted by the Supreme Court. Largely, the PRC is in a position to conduct the Dentists Licensure Exams on a routine basis.

Applicants must meet the qualification requirements listed in the sections below in order to take the Dentists’ licensure exams.

To preserve the credibility of the practice, qualifying candidates and prospective practitioners who wish to take the license examination must meet these rigorous applicant registration criteria.

Licensure Requirements for the Dentist Board Examinations

All prospective Dentists must be a graduate of Doctor in Dental Medicine and present the following requirements upon the filing of application:

  • Transcript of Records with scanned picture and remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”
  • Valid NBI Clearance (First Timers & Repeaters)
  • Application fee of Php 900 for the written exam and another Php 400 for the practical exam
  • NSO / PSA Marriage Contract (for married female applicants)
  • NSO / PSA Birth Certificate
  • A refresher course is mandatory for examinees who failed the examination three times.

Dentist Licensure Exam Online Application Process

The Professional Regulation Commission’s online LERIS platform provides a simple electronic mechanism for any applicant preliminary scheduling, making it incredibly easy for any applicant to set up an appointment. All applicants are strongly urged by the PRC to create their desired schedules online before sending their documentary criteria to a provincial or PRC satellite office near them – as they will not be entertained without a schedule made prior.

If you are unable to register due to technical problems, our step-by-step solution will help; but, unless you’re already experienced with the protocol, you can go to the PRC LERIS website for faster registration.

Dentist Board Exam Coverage

The Dentist Licensure Examination consists of two main aspects which are the Written and Practical Exam. We’ll go over the specifics one by one:

Written Examination

  • General and Oral Anatomy and Physiology

  • General and Oral Pathology, General and Oral Microscopic Anatomy and Microbiology

  • Restorative Dentistry and Public Health, and Community Dentistry

  • Prosthetic Dentistry (Crown and Bridge, Removable Partial Denture and Complete Denture and Dental Materials)

  • Roentgenology, Oral Diagnosis, and Oral Surgery

  • Anesthesiology and Pharmacology

  • Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

  • Dental Jurisprudence, Ethics and Practice Management

  • Periodontics and Endodontics

Practical Examination

  • Class II Amalgam Examination

    1. Ideal Class || Cavity – preparation on two posterior teeth
    2. The indicated (1) posterior tooth with cavity preparation wil lbe filled up with Dental Amalgam (Typodont).
  • Fixed Partial Denture Examination

Preparation of two abutments (anterior or posterior) for the reception of a Porcelain Fused to Metal Fixed Partial Denture (Typodont).

  • Removable Partial Denture Design Examination

    1. Bring your own maxillary and mandibular casts (dental stone) taken from a live patient with a full complement of teeth (full dentition). Properly based and trimmed.
    2. Knockdown the missing teeth on the master cast to be indicated before the start of the examination. Round off and smoothen properly the edentulous areas.
    3. Using a surveyor, survey the possible abutment teeth. Place tripod marks on the cast.
    4. Design a Bilateral One Piece Casting Removable Partial Denture on the Master Cast.
    5. Transfer Design on the top answer sheet (one answer sheet only).
    6. Make Laboratory Prescription (Work Authorization) on the top answer sheet (one answer sheet only).
    7. Do wax pattern. Prefabricated wax patterns are strictly not allowed.

Dentist Board Exam Schedule

The Dentist Licensing Board examinations are normally conducted at least once a year, according to the Professional Regulation Commission.

This timeline outlines when and how candidates should apply for the Dentist Board Exam. Please be reminded that the deadline for filing applications for the Dentist Board Exam will be on November 3, 2021.

Due to the severity of the pandemic, you can also access the official Commission website on a regular basis for more up-to-date information and advice if you have any problems or doubts about taking the license exam.

What to bring on the day of the Dentist Licensure Exam

The PRC reminds all examinees to bring the following on the day of their licensure examination:

  • Notice of Admission
  • Applicant’s stub and Official Receipt
  • One piece of metered-stamped Window Mailing Envelope
  • Two or more pencils (No. 2)
  • Ballpen with black in only
  • One-piece Long Brown Envelope
  • One-piece Long Transparent (non-colored) Plastic Enveloped (for keeping your valuables and other allowed items)

The following items listed are not allowed inside the examination room. Your assigned proctor will ask you to leave these items outside the testing room:

  • Books, notes, review materials, and other printed materials containing coded data/information/formula
  • Programmable calculators
  • Smartwatch
  • Cellular phones
  • Earplugs
  • Transmitters
  • Portable computers
  • Other electronic gadgets/devices which may be used for communication purposes
  • Bags of any kind (place your documents inside the transparent/plastic envelope)
  • Other examination aides not stated in this program