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State Licensure Spotlight: Minnesota

Dr. Katie DivineDr. Katie Divine, Minnesota ’13
2012-13 editor-in-chief

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

If negative degree winter temperatures, hot humid summers and deep-fried food on a stick sounds like your thing, then you probably already live in Minnesota. For anyone considering making Minnesota their state of practice, here are a few things you should know about obtaining a dental license as a new dentist in “The North Star State.”

Minnesota has several paths for licensure, all of which require you to do the following:

  • Graduate with a DDS or DMD degree from a CODA-accredited dental school
  • Pass the Minnesota Jurisprudence Exam within five years of application
  • Pass NBDE Part I and Part II within five years of application
  • Complete the application for licensure including a signed affidavit, testimonials by licensed dentists, notarized copies of your diploma and other important documents
  • Current CPR-certification through the American Heart Association
  • Pay an initial application fee of $154, plus a secondary fee to be assessed after submitting application based on your birthday and the biannual licensing cycle

You must also:

  • Pass any regional testing exam (CRDTS, SRTA, CITA, WREB, NERB) and provide proof of passing.


  • Pass the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) of Canada, a non-patient based objective structure clinical examination (OSCE). This is a station-based exam where candidates answer extended match questions based on casts, models, radiographs and case histories. You must also be a graduate of an Accredited Canadian Dental school or a University of Minnesota graduate, on or after 05/2010.


  • Complete an accredited postdoctoral program at least one year in length (PGY-1) in lieu of clinic licensure examination. The board readily accepts a Minnesota-based PGY-1. At this time a program in another state may be petitioned for licensure but not automatically accepted.

There you have it! Bring your ice fishing gear, mosquito repellant and an appetite for hot dish and you’ll do great. For licensure updates, visit the Minnesota Board of Dentistry Licensing website.

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

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