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Getting Licensed in the United States – Tips for International Dental Students
Getting Licensed in the United States –
Tips for International Dental Students

Many dentists and dental students educated outside the United States and Canada wish to obtain a dental license to practice in the U.S. To become licensed to do so, internationally-trained dentists must follow these steps:

  1. Determine the state(s) where you wish to obtain a license and contact the state board(s) of dentistry to obtain specific licensure requirements and a sample application. Visit http://new.dentalboards.org for requirements by state.
  2. Take the NBDE Part I administered by the ADA Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE).
  3. Apply to an accredited dental education program with advanced standing to earn a DDS or DMD degree. The application and list of available programs can be found on ADEA’s CAAPID site.
  4. Following the completion of the educational program, take the NBDE Part II.
  5. Complete a clinical licensing examination administered by a state or regional clinical testing agency accepted in the state where you wish to be licensed.

Resources for Advanced Standing or IDP students

Advanced standing guide coverGuide to Applying to U.S. Dental Schools for International Trained Dentists

Applying to dental school as an internationally trained dentists can be a complex and difficult task. To get a better understanding of all the requirements download this guide. It contains information and tips on each step of the process including:

  • What to do before applying
  • The application process
  • The interview
  • After acceptance
  • After graduating

International Dental Student Membership in ASDA

We encourage you to join ASDA to gain access to resources and education on the dental school application and licensure process. There are two categories of membership that you may be eligible for, depending on where you live:

Predental membership is open to any person living in the U.S. who is planning to apply to dental school. This includes international-trained dentists who are planning to apply to an advanced standing or international dental program. Predental membership is $63/year.

International dental student membership is open to students attending an international dental school outside the United States and its possessions. Candidates must be a predoctoral student of a dental school listed in the World Directory of Dental Schools compiled by the FDI World Federation. Upon joining, members become a part of ASDA and the ADA and are entitled to all of the privileges of both organizations. International membership dues are $93 of which $5 goes to the American Dental Association for international dental student membership. 

Click here for a listing of member benefits for both categories..

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