Qualifying Examination Blueprint

  1. Microbiology (24 items)
    • Biological etiology of caries
    • Transmission of cariogenic bacteria
    • Periodontal disease
    • Normal and altered immunology
    • Critical appraisal of research and evidence
    • Infection control principles and regulations
  2. Prevention and anticipatory guidance (30 items)
    • Risk assessment of oral and systemic disease
    • Diet and nutrition
    • Fluorides
    • Remineralization
    • Sealants
    • Mouthguards
    • Tobacco/substance abuse
  3. Craniofacial growth and developing dentition and occlusion (24 items)
    • Anatomy and embryology
    • Craniofacial and somatic growth
    • Occlusal analysis
    • Cephalometric analysis
    • Oral habits
    • Space management
    • Embryological tooth development, dental development and tooth eruption
  4. Restorative dentistry and oral rehabilitation (22 items)
    • Dental materials
    • Oral surgery
    • Prosthetics
    • Esthetic dentistry
    • Restorative techniques
  5. Oral diagnosis/oral pathology/oral medicine (30 items)
    • Radiologic principles, radiologic diagnostics and radiation safety
    • Dental anomalies
    • Oral/perioral lesions/anomalies
    • Epidemiology and treatment of oral diseases
    • Adjunctive diagnostic tests
    • Temporomandibular function and disorders
    • Recognition and management of medical emergencies
  6. Special health care needs (18 items)
    • Congenital syndromes/diseases/disorders
    • Acquired pediatric diseases/conditions
    • Oral manifestations of congenital and acquired pediatric medical conditions
    • Treatment approaches for the delivery of oral health care to patients with SHCN
  7. Child development/behavior guidance (28 items)
    • Physiological/psychological/social milestones or stages in child development
    • Principles of effective communication
    • Anxiolysis and analgesia
    • Non-pharmacological behavior guidance
    • Pharmacologic behavior guidance
  8. Pulp therapy/orofacial trauma (24 items)
    • Dentinal and pulpal tissue biology and pathology
    • Pulpal assessment, diagnosis and therapy
    • Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of orofacial trauma
    • Evaluation, diagnosis, diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries
    • Child abuse and neglect