Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Licensure to practice Dentistry in Ohio

Dental Licensure for Graduates of an Unaccredited Dental College Located Outside the United States
The Ohio State Dental Board (Board) will consider applications from graduates of unaccredited dental college located outside the United States who meet the following criteria:

Have taken a basic science and laboratory examination consistent with rules adopted under section 4715.11 of the Revised Code and received a passing score as established by the board:
Have had sufficient clinical training in an accredited institution to reasonably assure a level of competency equal to that of graduates of accredited dental colleges, as determined by the board.
Pass Parts I and II of the National Board examination.
Provide proof of having passed either the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL), with a score of 650; or attainment of level 109 in the "English Language Service Test."
Provide the following notarized credentials in English translation:
Diploma or evidence of graduation from a dental school.
Evidence of being licensed or admitted to practice in the country of graduation.
A complete transcript of all academic grades in dental school with courses completed, along with pre-dental school transcripts.
Further information required:
A Criminal Records Check (BCI&I and FBI) completed by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, must be submitted directly the the Board. Results shall be received by the board prior to the issuance of a license to practice. For information on obtaining a background check, you may go the their website: http://www.ag.state.oh.us/business/fingerprint/index.asp.
A certification letter from each of the state boards of dental examiners where you hold or have held a dental license.
Letters of recommendation from each of the local dental associations or societies of which you have been a member during the preceding five years.
You must also send a certified attestation, acceptable to the Board, from the faculty of an ADA-accredited dental college, that you have had a laboratory examination, and clinical training in all phases of general dentistry, and that you presently possess clinical skills at least equal to the graduates of that school.

Since the vast majority of American dental schools do not offer a laboratory examination, and the laboratory examinations that are offered may not be acceptable to the Ohio State Dental Board, it is recommended that the applicant enroll in a two-year program in an accredited dental school that includes clinical training, and which is commensurate with the final two years of dental school.
Proof of immunity to or immunization against the hepatitis B virus.
Prior to any application being presented to the Board, the applicant must pass an examination on Board Statutes and Regulations (Chapter 4715. of the Ohio Revised Code. This examination is available on our homepage at www.dental.ohio.gov under Jurisprudence exams.
Fees for foreign-trained dentists are the same as those for other dental license applicants, and are likewise nonrefundable.

There is no provision in the Dental Practice Act for licensure of foreign-trained dental hygienists. Only graduates of accredited dental hygiene schools may apply for an Ohio dental hygiene license.

Download application packet: http://www.dental.ohio.gov/forms/unnaccapp.pdf

Limited Resident's License
The Ohio State Dental Board (Board) may grant a Limited Resident's License to a graduate of a dental school, authorized to practice in another state or country or qualified to take the regular licensing examination in this state, and who furnishes the Board satisfactory proof that he has been appointed a dental resident at an accredited dental college in this state or at an accredited program of a hospital in this state, but who has not yet been licensed as a dentist by the Board.

Any person receiving such Limited Resident's License may practice dentistry only in connection with programs operated by the dental college or hospital at which he is appointed as a resident as designated on his Limited Resident's License, and only under the direction of a licensed dentist who is a member of the staff thereof, or a dentist holding a current limited teaching license, and only on bona fide patients of such programs. If residency program is changed, you must submit a new application for a limited resident's license.

Limited Resident's License applications must be reviewed and approved by the Board. The license is valid from July 1st of the year of issue, through the termination of the residency program.

The nonrefundable fee for the Limited Resident's License is $10.00.

Download application packet : http://www.dental.ohio.gov/forms/resident.pdf

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