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State Licensure Spotlight: Maryland

Dr. Chrissy HammerDr. Chrissy Hammer, Midwestern-Arizona ’13
2010-11 District 9 trustee and 2013 National Leadership Conference co-chair
 

This content was originally published in the March 2014 issue of Advocacy Brief.

There are two ways to obtain a full dental license to practice in the state of Maryland: licensure by examination and licensure for a dentist already licensed in another state.

  1. Licensure by examination:
    • Graduate with a DDS or DMD from a CODA-accredited dental school
    • Pass NBDE Parts I and II
    • Pass all sections of the ADEX/NERB (you will be asked to specify if you took the exam as curriculum integrated)
    • Pass the Maryland State Jurisprudence Exam 
    • Submit a notarized application and fee
  2. Licensure for a dentist already licensed in another state:
    • Graduate with a DDS or DMD from a CODA-accredited dental school
    • Pass NBDE Parts I and II
    • Provide a certified report from NERB that you passed the DSE*
    • Provide a certified letter from each state in which you hold a license with the state seal affixed stating your license was in good standing
    • Pass the Maryland State Jurisprudence Exam 
    • Submit a notarized application and fee

*A dentist licensed in another state who did not take an ADEX exam for initial licensure must: 

  1. Have been actively practicing dentistry for at least five years, and during the five-year period preceding the application, have been actively engaged in practicing dentistry for at least 850 hours on average per year for a total of at least 4,250 hours.  
  2. Have passed an exam with a clinical component as required for initial licensure in another state.  

Dental licensure in Maryland is regulated by the Licensing Unit of the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners, which is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Hygiene. All applications and documents outlining requirements can be found at dhmh.maryland.gov/dental. The “forms and apps” tab will take you to any checklist that you may need. The application asks for biographical information, education details, confirmation of character and a $450 fee. The jurisprudence exam, along with questions on ethics and character, asks specific questions regarding the use of assistants, radiology techs and even marketing in the state of Maryland. This also has a $50 fee.

The Maryland Board of Dental Examiners now expedites the processing of completed applications for veterans, service members and military spouses. It is not uncommon for applications received during “high time” (the months after graduation, usually May through August) to take up to two months to be processed.

It may seem like a daunting process but you are almost there. Staying organized and keeping track of score reports and dates will help make the process easier. Also, ask your dental school to make you a few copies of your diploma on 8x10 paper. Your huge diploma is great for your office wall, but will become an inconvenience when you have to send copies!


Find out about licensure in other states by visiting our licensure map.

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