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I hope this blog will serve as a guide to US dental license for foreign trained dentists wishing to practice dentistry in USA. Here you will find information about NBDE, WREB, international programs, etc. The information is mostly derived from my own experiences, as well as, several other sources that I will try to gather in one place, here.
Being a California dental school graduate myself and a former California Dental Association Student Representative, I wanted to talk today about the licensing process in California. Generally speaking, a foreign trained dentist, or for that matter anybody else, can obtain a license to practice dentistry in
a. The Restorative Technique examination: is for all persons who:
i. Have been issued a dental degree by a foreign dental school not approved by the Board or accredited by a body that has a reciprocal accreditation agreement with a commission or accreditation organization (for practical purposes, this includes almost all foreign trained dentists), and
ii. Passed the National Board of Dental Examinations Part I and Part II by December 31, 2003.
iii. Individuals must have submitted evidence of passing Parts I & II of the NBDE to the Board by July 12, 2004 to be eligible to sit for the RT Examination.
This is why if you are new here, or have not applied by July 12, 2004, it’s really too late to pursue this option, which is due to sunset by the end of this year. But if you were one of the few who met the requirement and passed the Restorative Technique examination then you may take either the
i. Successfully completed the Restorative Technique examination (above) or
ii. Graduates of schools accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Although this examination is referred to as the “Clinical” examination, it does have both written and clinical components which will test you on the following subjects: Endodontics, Removable Prosthodontics Evaluation, Periodontics, Class II Amalgam Restoration, Class III or IV Composite Resin Restoration, Simulated Fixed Prosthetics, California Laws and Ethics.
Specific information about the clinical examination can be found in the handbook .
Total fee for the examination is $601, and re-examination fee $525
2. Application to the Dental Board of California for licensure after successful completion of the WREB examination (After January 1, 2005), this is what most applicants seek these days, since passing the WREB examination meets the clinical examination requirement of license in many more States while the California Board examination is only for license in California. In addition to passing the WREB examination, the board also requires satisfactory evidence of having graduated from a dental school approved by the board, having passed parts I and II of the National Board Examinations. Other requirements and conditions also apply, more information can be found here.
3. Application for Licensure by Credential – This would only apply to dentists with a “clear and valid” dental license in another
4. Application for Licensure by Residency – This is one of the new and exciting options to obtain dental license. On February 1, 2008 the Office of Administrative Law approved the Board’s Emergency regulations implementing SB 683, qualification for dental license on the basis of completion of a minimum of 12 months of a general practice residency or advanced education in general dentistry program approved by the