College of Dental Medicine-Arizona

Glendale, AZ Campus

National Boards Policy

College of Dental Medicine-Arizona

Students who take the NBDE Part 1 during the summer following the D1 year and are required to complete it by the beginning of the fall quarter. All Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona students must pass NBDE Part I in order to be eligible to begin clinical instruction. If a student encounters a catastrophic event that prevents the student from taking the examination during that timeframe, the Dean may allow the student to enter the clinic schedule and take the examination at a later date as mutually agreed to by the student and Dean.

Students who fail to pass the NBDE Part I examination on their first attempt will be allowed to continue as registered students as noted below. The student:

Students who fail the NBDE Part 1 examination on their second attempt will be allowed to continue as registered D2 students.  the student will be required to retake the examination by the beginning of the winter quarter.  If successful, the student is then eligible to begin patient care.

Students who fail the NBDE Part 1 examination on their third attempt will be allowed to continue as registered D2 students.  The student will be required to retake the examination by the beginning of the spring quarter.  If successful, the student is then eligible to begin patient care.

Any student who fails to pass MBDE Part 1 examination bythe start of the third year (summer quarter) may not begin patient care and the student will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include dismissal from the program, by the Preclinical Promotions Committee for failure to meet the academic requirements.

Passing any portion of a licensing examination is not a substitute for passing a Midwestern University course.