</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"> Viraj Senior Member Member # 11839 posted March 27, 2002 10:24 AM ------------------------------------------------- Hey I just got this shocking news about Nova. Our dental rep just got the result showing that only 62% of Nova students passed the Florida Board exam last year. This is kinda scary for people going there. Also if you want the credibility of this report, look at the FDA's news article from last month. Nova's dean clearly stated that point, and also said that they will do some revision in the curriculum to get better results. These were the worst results in any dental school. I am not trying to demoralize anyone with this news, but just trying to aware u guys about the school. </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">OK, we all know that Tufts is a great dental school, right? No one can deny that fact, am I right? Check out their statistics on their Licensure Board Exam (NERB) results: 1. 55 of 106 Class of 2001 candidates passed the examination on the first attempt (April 2001), or 52% of the test taking population. 122 members of the Class of 2001 sat for the examination. 2. 18 of 35 re-examination candidates from the class of 2001 passed the examination by the second attempt (August 2001) or 73 or 125 test candidates from the class of 2001 passed the examination in its entirety, 58% of the test taking population. (3 graduates sat for the examination for the first time in August.) 22. In Conclusion 126 Class of 2001 graduates, or 81% of the graduating class of 155 students, sat for the NERB examination. We know 83 graduates have passed the examination in its entirety, or 66% of the class. For the complete source on Tufts, please visit: <a href="http://www.tufts.edu/dental/curriculum/nerb.html" target="_blank">http://www.tufts.edu/dental/curriculum/nerb.html</a> Please do not get the wrong idea here, I dare not mock Tufts' education potential! As matter of fact, I personally strongly believe that Tufts Dental is an AWESOME school! They're strong in the NBDE board scores in both Part I & II, rigorous clinical exposure, and they're well respected nationally! But why do they only have 66% passing rate in their State Licensure Board Exam (the NERB)? So I guess what I'm trying to say here is maybe State Licensure Board Exams (NERB, WREB, CRDTS, and Florida's own State Licensure Board Exam) are not a good indicator how well a dental school preps you for the real world! Nova has a 62% passing rate (according to one source) and Tufts has 66% passing rate! Does that mean they're both incompetent schools? I think not! I welcome comments, please!