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Policy for Limiting Enrollment Time and National Board Examination Eligibility for Predoctoral Dental Students

The maximum number of years to complete all dental courses and pass Part I and Part II of the National Board Dental Examinations will be six years.*

1. The maximum number of years to complete Year I and Year II courses will be three years. After completing the Year I curriculum, a student will have up to a maximum of three attempts within 15 months of eligibility to pass Part I of the National Boards. A student who does not pass Part I within 15 months of eligibility, regardless of the number of attempts, will be dismissed.

2. The maximum number of years to complete all Year III and Year IV clinical and didactic requirements will be three years. A student who fails Part II of the National Boards a total of three times during the first senior year and any remedial senior year will be dismissed.

3. Following completion of Year IV requirements, a student may be granted an additional seven months to pass Part II of the National Board Dental Examinations on a third and final attempt provided all the following criteria are met: (a) total time enrolled including the additional seven months will not exceed the six-year limit and (b) the student has had only two opportunities to take Part II.

4. Requests for exceptions to the above timetable because of interruptions caused by illness or leave of absence may be appealed to the Faculty Council.

5. A student may appeal any decision reached pursuant to this policy under the School's established academic appeal process.

6. This policy does not apply to students in combined degree programs.

*This policy is based on the current format and schedule of the National Board Dental Examinations. In the event there is a change in the format or schedule of the examinations, this policy will be revised.
Approved by the Faculty Council: November 15, 2007

Excerpt from Advancement Process

Students must take the Part I National Board Dental Examination no later than October 1 of the second year of the dental curriculum. Re-examination, if necessary, must be completed no later than April 1. Students who do not pass Part I by the end of the second year of the dental curriculum will be permitted to begin didactic courses in the fall semester of the third year, but will not be advanced to the clinic. These students must pass Part I within 15 months of eligibility or they will be dismissed. (See Policy for Limiting Enrollment Time and National Board Examination Eligibility.)

Policy for Taking Part II National Board Dental Examination

Year four students must take National Boards Part II before January 15 in their senior year and submit a score report or document certifying that they took the examination. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the loss of clinical privileges until validation is received. Re-examination, if necessary, must occur before May 1.

Program for Dental Students Who Have Not Successfully Completed Part II of the National Board Dental Examination by the End of the Senior Year

In accordance with Dental School policy, successful completion of Part II of the National Board Dental Examination is a requirement for graduation. Following completion of Year IV requirements, a student may be granted an additional seven months to pass Part II of the National Board Dental Examinations on a third and final attempt provided all the following criteria are met: (a) total time enrolled, including the additional seven months, will not exceed the six-year limit, and (b) the student has had only two opportunities to take Part II.

A continuing student will register in, and pay tuition for, a program specifically designed to meet the student's needs as determined by the Clinical Progression Committee. The Committee will develop this program based on the department chairs' recommendations for student assignment to clinical programs in need of student services. Additionally, continuing students will be assigned patients who need comprehensive care and/or will participate in specific clinical and nonclinical activities to maintain their clinical knowledge and skills. Students will also be assigned an independent course of study to assist them in preparation for the board examination.