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New Jurisprudence Requirements for Dentists and Dental Hygienists Print E-mail

SBDE Jurisprudence Requirements for Dentists and Dental Hygienists


Effective November 1, 2006, the State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) jurisprudence examination process changed to a new, on-line Jurisprudence Assessment.  This new assessment can be accomplished from any computer with an internet connection and is hosted by eStrategy Solutions.  A link to register for the assessment is provided below.

Satisfying the Jurisprudence Requirement
After November 1, 2006 the assessment can be used to satisfy the jurisprudence requirement for ANY of the following:

  • New license applications for dentists and dental hygienists.
  • Board Order mandated completion of the jurisprudence exam.
  • Three-year requirement for license renewal.  Note:  licensees may also choose to complete this requirement by any existing approved format through 2007.  Effective January 1, 2008, the on-line assessment will be required for every dental and dental hygiene licensee every three years.

SBDE Jurisprudence Assessments are not intended for Dental Assistants.  Dental Assistants wishing more information on Jurisprudence for registration purposes should click here.

Benefits to the Online Jurisprudence Assessment

  • Take it at Your Convenience.  The assessment is available online 24/7 for your convenience. 
  • Extended Time to Complete the Assessment.  Candidates may take extended time to complete the assessment – it does not have to be completed in one sitting. 
  • E-Mail Confirmation for Registering and Purchasing the Assessment.  An e-mail is sent to you upon successful registration for the purchase of the assessment.  Please retain this information for future use.
  • No Cost for Duplicate Certificates.  If a Certificate of Completion is misplaced, duplicates are available at no cost. Licensees will need to log in to the assessment website and access their Jurisprudence Assessment Record.  Note:  Your log-in and password to access your assessment record are e-mailed to you when you register and pay for the assessment.

Testing Structure and Fees
The Jurisprudence Assessment is designed as an online educational tool.  The fee for the assessment is $55.  Payment can be made using a major credit card.

Proof of Certification
Upon completing the assessment you will be able to print a Certificate of Completion.   Please maintain a copy of this certificate for your records and for the following reasons as they apply to you:

  • For Initial Licensure:   A copy of your certificate must be attached to your initial licensure application as proof of having completed the assessment.
  • For Board Order Compliance: A copy of your certificate must be a accompanied with a letter from you stating you have completed the SBDE Board Ordered Jurisprudence Assessment and your SBDE Case Number.
  • For the Three-year Jurisprudence Assessment for Licensure Renewal: Please maintain a copy of your Certificate of Completion for three years in the event you are audited and asked to provide a copy to the SBDE.








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Sample Assessment Format:
When a candidate logs on to the Jurisprudence Assessment, there will be general information and instructions – when the candidate is ready to begin, question 1 appears.  For example:

The sky is:       A.  blue            B.  red             C. green          D. orange

If the candidate selects answer D, they will be linked to whatever rule or statue spells out that the sky is blue.  Once reviewed, they will be sent back to the question and allowed to answer again.  If they answer A, they will move forward to question 2;  if they answer C, they will be taken back to the citation again.  Candidates will learn as they go, unlike the current method, which only calculates the number of correct and incorrect responses.
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