The New Zealand Dental Registration Exam (NZDREX) consists of three parts: a written exam, a clinical exam and a New Zealand Conditions of Practice examination.
The written exam tests whether applicants have a reasonable understanding of the scientific basis of dentistry and can apply that knowledge to clinical situations.
The clinical exam tests oral health care planning, management, delivery and evaluation skills. This includes determining whether applicants:
can obtain and utilise patient information
demonstrate competence in New Zealands preventive approach to oral health care for individuals and the community
are competent in a wide range of interventive strategies to manage oral disease and disability
can assess the effectiveness of intervention.
The New Zealand Conditions of Practice Examinations tests whether applicants have sufficient understanding of the cultural and legislative framework for the delivery of dental care in New Zealand
Note: The standard of knowledge and experience expected of examination candidates is equivalent to that of the New Zealand qualifying BDS standard. However, the Dental Council takes the view that candidates will often have completed their formal studies some time ago so that the standard is set at the 5th year graduating level where the scope of basic sciences and theoretical knowledge is focussed on areas directly relevant to appropriate patient care and treatment. Emphasis is on having the knowledge and skills needed for the safe practice of dentistry.