UW School of Dentistry

WREB Details

WREB Exam (Clinical)

The WREB examinations were developed to provide reliable clinical assessments for state licensing agencies to use in making valid licensing decisions. WREB examination results are accepted by dental and dental hygiene licensing agencies in more than 30 states.

WREB examinations have been developed, administered, and reviewed in accordance with applicable guidelines from the American Dental Association, the American Association of Dental Examiners, the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Measurement in Education, and the American Educational Research Association.

Official National WREB Exam Website

National Board Dental Exam (Written)

The application process for the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I and Part II is coordinated by the Office of Student Life and Admissions. Information will be provided to students during the second and third years regarding registration procedures and deadlines.

The purpose of the National Board Dental Examination is to assist state boards in determining qualifications of dentists who seek licensure to practice dentistry. The examination assesses the ability to understand important information from basic biomedical and dental sciences and also the ability to apply such information in a problem-solving context.

Although written examinations may be developed at the local level, most licensing boards use the National Board Dental Examination (Parts I & II) as a major portion of their written examination requirement.

Examination Location

The School of Dentistry is located south of the main campus, in the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center, 1959 NE Pacific Street, Seattle, WA 98195 (D3 Candidate Clinic & Examiner Grading Area, School of Dentistry Map, and Directions & Disabled Parking).

The WREB candidate orientation is located in T439 (Candidate Orientation Map).

The clinical exam will be held in the D wing of the Health Sciences Building (D2 Candidate Exam Area, and D3 Candidate Clinic & Examiner Grading Area).

The endodontic exam will take place in the D1 laboratory (D1 Lab – Endo Exam Area).

The Husky Room is a conference room with food and refreshments for candidates, patients and staff, and is located in the D1 clinic (D1 Lab – Endo Exam Area).

A tour of the facility for candidates will be conducted immediately prior to the candidate orientation. We encourage candidates and their assistants to attend.

Lodging and Locations for Visitors

Silver Cloud Inns Seattle
5036 25th Avenue Northeast
Seattle,WA 98105
206.526.5200, 800.205.6940 (toll-free)
University Inn
4140 Roosevelt Way NE S
eattle, WA 98105
206.632.5055, 800.733.3855 (toll-free)
University Travelodge
4725 25th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA 98105
University of Washington *Visiting Personnel
(Dorm Rooms)
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206.826.4242, 866.944.4242
Residence Inn Seattle – Lake Union
800 Fairview Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Inn at the Market
86 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.443.3600, 800.446.4484 (toll-free)
Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Crowne Plaza Downtown
1113 6th Avenue Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.464.1980, 877.270.1393
Summerfield Suites by Wyndham
1011 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Roosevelt Hotel
1531 7th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Warwick Hotel
401 Lenora St
Seattle, WA 98101
The Claremont Hotel
2000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle Westin
1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101


Exam Candidates, Assistants, and Patients should park in Visitor Parking–Lot S-1. The fee is $15.00 Monday –Friday, $6.00 on Saturday, and complimentary on Sunday. Parking attendants will be available beginning at 6:30 am Saturday morning. If you park prior to 6:30 am, you may receive a parking violation. Parking is also available in our triangle parking center (Parking). For updated parking information, visit the University of Washington parking services web site: www.uwcommute.com or the parking services audio library at 206.685.1543.

  • For patients traveling to the University for the exam will be provided maps of the school and parking facilities, electronic copies of these files are here:

Transportation to the UW Dental School

Metro and Community Transit (originating outside of King County) offer bus routes to the University of Washington campus. For route information the following information may be useful:

  • Metro Transit: For trips within King County
    • Mon- Fri 5am to 10pm
    • 206.553.3000
    • Call for trip planning, routes, schedules, fare and pass information
  • Sound Transit: (Train runs from Seattle International Airport to downtown Seattle) For trips origination south and east of Seattle
    • 206.398.5000 or 1.800.201.4900
  • Community Transit: For trips originating in Snohomish County
    • 425.353.7433
  • Airport Transportation:
  • Taxis:
    • Taxi stations are located on NE Pacific Street at the main entrance to the University of Washington Medical center. Frequently used Taxi services are as follows:
      • Farwest 206.622.1717
      • Checker 206.622.4949
      • Pioneer 206.622.8383
      • Yellow 206.622.6500

Restrooms, Phones, Smoking and Lost and Found

Smoking is STRICTLY PROHIBITED throughout the entire University of Washington Health Sciences Center.


  • Telephones are located in the Dental Clinics.
  • Dial 9 to access an outside line

Emergency Telephone Numbers

  • 206.685.7601 or 206.330.6478 Dental Clinic Operations Manager
  • 206.543.9599 Room D-338
  • 206.543.5292 Shana’e Niles
  • 206.351.2268 School of Dentistry Exposure and Incident Hotline (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)


Lost and Found

  • During the examination, the Sterilization Room (D338) will serve as the lost and found area
  • D3 Candidate Clinic & Examiner Grading Area


Instrument Sterilization (Pre-Sterilization, Room D352/Sterilization, Room D338).

  • The operating hours for sterilization is 7:00am – 6:00pm during the WREB examination.
  • Central Sterilization Services (CSS) does not assume responsibility of lost/damaged items.
  • The School of Dentistry staff will sterilize clearly labeled, packaged instruments; however, candidates are responsible for debriding instruments and packaging in preparation for sterilization. Items requiring ultrasonic processing should be delivered and checked into D352 for processing (D3 Candidate Clinic & Examiner Grading Area).
  • Sterilization pouches and supplies will be distributed to the dental units along with candidate labels. It is the candidates’ responsibility to clean, package and mark with candidate sterilization labels
  • The UW School of Dentistry Sterilization Staff reserves the right to refuse sterilization service for inadequately or inappropriately packaged materials. The staff will be happy to assist candidates with packaging or sterilization of unusual size items.
  • The sterilization facility has dry heat, autoclave, and chemiclaves. Unless otherwise specified, your instruments will be processed in the steam autoclave.
  • Central Sterilization complies with Federal AAMI guidelines for sterilization of dental instruments and CDC/OSHA infection control standards. Daily biological spore and air flow testing is conducted ensuring sterility of instruments. Records of such testing are available for review upon request.

Please refer to the Instrument Check Out Agreement when filing a sterilization request.

Use of Clinic Equipment

Candidates MUST provide their own instruments and equipment. The School of Dentistry does not have equipment, hand pieces, adapters, carts or lockers for loan or rent

  • Assistant and operator chairs and work surfaces will be provided in the operatory.

The School of Dentistry utilizes Star 430 SWL and Star 6 Pin Swivel. Any brand of 6 pin swivel/hand piece should work in our clinics and lab. The School of Dentistry does not rent or loan hand pieces or swivels to ANYONE. Adaptors with 5 to 6 pins can generally be purchased from most dental suppliers

The D2/D3 (D3 Candidate Clinic & Examiner Grading Area) Pre-doctoral and Endodontic Lab (D1, D1 Lab – Endo Exam Area) are set up for 6 pin hand pieces and swivels. The swivel is necessary for the fiber optic light source. For additional questions or specific hand piece information you may want to contact our Dental Maintenance at 206-543-5958.
For more information see, Clinic Facilities in the UW School of Dentistry Candidate Guide.

Use of Patient Treatment Areas

  • Candidates will be assigned a clinic unit including a mobile tabletop to use as a work surface. They are responsible for the care and cleanliness of the entire clinic unit.
  • Candidates are responsible for any damage to equipment. In addition to the placement of paper covers on counter tops, all work surfaces are to be disinfected between patients with materials provided.
  • All items should be disinfected at the end of each day

Clean Up Procedures

Prior to Each Procedure

  • Complete a 10 step unit inspection for unit operation (mounted in each dental unit).
  • Using a germicidal disposable cloth, the assigned clinic units should be wiped down and infection control barriers should be placed.
  • Infection control barriers are located at the entrance to each clinic and are available for use by the candidate or their assistant.
  • Barriers are to be taken as needed, and are not to be stored in clinic units.

At the End of Each Procedure

  • The high volume evacuation hose and saliva ejector hose must be flushed.
    • This is accomplished by holding the suction tip directly in the water stream from the tap in the sink. Run for approximately 60 seconds.
  • Remove all infection control barriers from the light, chair and work surfaces being careful to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Dispose of the coverings in large containers available in each end of the clinic. All surfaces, especially those not covered, should be disinfected with the germicidal wipes as provided. Be sure that no debris remains between the seat and back of the chair.
  • Mercury and amalgam scraps should be placed in the special containers marked “Amalgam” which is provided in each cubicle. Be sure to tighten lid after each use.
  • Ziploc bags are provided inside the cabinet under the sink for empty amalgam capsules. Be extremely careful not to allow mercury and amalgam to drop on the floor.
    • Should this occur, notify WREB Exam Staff and the Maintenance Staff will be called for clean up with a spill kit.
  • Needles, carpules, and other sharp or breakable objects must be placed in the red “Sharps” containers in each cubicle. These objects present serious hazards to the personnel collecting waste and must NEVER be placed in regular waste containers.

End of Day Procedures

  • Wearing clean gloves use the germicidal wipes provided to clean work surfaces in the cubicle.
  • Turn off the master switch of the A-Dec unit.

Bio-hazardous Waste

  • Bio-hazardous waste includes any item contaminated with blood or saliva, such as gauze, dental floss, cotton rolls, etc. Bedside bags are available in each unit for disposing of materials at chair-side.
  • All bio-hazardous waste requires special handling; it should be disposed of in clearly marked “RED “containers in the clinic.
  • Any biohazard materials found in the trash will be reported to the WREB examiners for management of the issue.

Evacuation and Emergency Procedures

Examiners, Faculty, staff and candidates involved in patient care have the obligation to assist patients to leave the building in the event of a fire or other emergency requiring evacuation.

If fire alarm signal sound, escort your patient from the building.

It is a good idea to go some distance from the building. If you leave via a South exit, cross the street to the S-1 parking area. If you leave via a North exit, cross Pacific Avenue. Do NOT congregate on the breezeways or in the courtyard.

Emergency evacuation route signs are posted throughout the clinical areas and hallways.

Reminder: Elevators must not be used in the event of a fire or other such emergencies.

Medical Emergency Procedures (Printer Friendly).