After obtaining your Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, your next goal is to pass the dentist board exam! If you’re taking the licensure exam soon, here are important guidelines that you should know.
What is the dentist board exam?
The dentist board exam, or dentist licensure exam, is an annual board exam conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC); The test qualifies aspiring dentists in the country. After passing the licensure exam, dentists can pursue their career in private practice, teaching, public health, research, and hospital dentistry.
What are the application requirements of the dentist board exam?
Here are the requirements you need to submit to the PRC before you take the exam:
- NSO / PSA birth certificate
- NSO / PSA marriage contract (for married female applicants)
- Transcript of Records with scanned picture and Remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”
- Valid NBI clearance
- Payment of P900 (written) and P400 (practical)* through PRC cashiers, Globe GCash, Landbank, or UCPB
*Only those who pass the written phase will take the practical phase and pay P400.00.
What’s the coverage of the dentist board exam?
Unlike most licensure exams in the country, the dentist board exam consists of two phases: the written exam and practical exam. You’ll have to pass the written exam first before you can move forward to the practical exam.
The licensure exam results for the written and practical phases are announced separately, wherein each phase has its own set of passers, topnotchers, and top performing schools.
What should I expect in the written phase of the exam?
The dentist board exam written phase covers the following subjects:
- General and Oral Anatomy and Physiology
- Restorative Dentistry, Public Health, and Community Dentistry
- General and Oral Pathology; General and Oral Microscopic Anatomy and Microbiology
- Prosthetic Dentistry
- Roentgenology, Oral diagnosis, and Oral surgery
- Anesthesiology and Pharmacology
- Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
- Dental jurisprudence, Ethics, and Practice Management
- Periodontics and Endodontics
What should I expect in the practical phase of the exam?
The dentist board exam practical phase covers the following subjects:
- Amalgam exam
- Fixed partial denture examination
- Removable partial denture design exam
- Complete denture with live patient
When is the dentist board exam in the Philippines?
The dentist board exam written phase and practical phase are held twice a year—every May and December. You can visit the PRC official website for more details about the schedule.
|Exam||Date of exam||Location||Opening of online processing||Deadline of filing|
|Dentistry (Written)||May 8,9,& 10||Manila||January 8, 2019||April 8, 2019|
|Dentistry (Practical)||May 28, 29, 30, & 31||Manila||January 26, 2019||April 26, 2019|
|Dentistry (Written)||December 3,4,& 5||Manila||August 2, 2019||November 4, 2019|
|Dentistry (Practical)||December 15, 16, 17, & 18||Manila||August 15, 2019||November 15, 2019|
How should I prepare for the dentist board exam?
Before exam day
- Verify your building assignments at the PRC official website two to three days before the date of examination. Preparation will save you time and effort on the actual exam day!
During exam day
- Arrive at the testing area before 6:30 am to verify your room and seat number. Late examinees will not be admitted!
- Examinees are required to wear their school uniform.
- Don’t forget to bring the following documents and materials!
- Notice of admission issued by the PRC
- Applicant’s stub and official receipts
- One piece of metered stamped window mailing envelope
- Two or more no. 2 pencils
- Black ballpen
- One piece of long brown envelope
- One piece of transparent envelope
- Take note: you’re not allowed to bring the following items inside the examination room:
- Books, notes, review materials, and other documents containing information and formulas
- Programmable calculators
- Smart watch, cellphones, earphones, transmitters, laptops, and other electronic gadgets
- Bags of any kind (you should put your documents inside the long transparent envelope)
Where can I check the dentist board exam results?
The results of the dentist board exam written phase and practical phase will be released two to three working days after the last day of the exam. You can check the results online through the PRC official website!
With its rigorous screening process, the dentist board exam can be quite the challenge. But with enough preparation, you’ll make it through! Cheers to our future dentists in the country!