Licensure Eligibility Requirements of Graduate of Foreign Dental Schools
Applicants who earned the degree of doctor of dental medicine or surgery, or its equivalent, from a foreign dental school may be eligible for licensure provided the applicant has:
Successfully completed the National Board of Dental Examiners (NBDE) examinations; and
Successfully completed an acceptable Regional Board Examination approved by the Connecticut State Dental Commission and Department of Public Health. The following regional examinations are approved:
North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners, Inc.;
Southern Regional Testing Agency;
Central Regional Dental Testing Service;
Western Regional Examining Board;
Candidates must successfully complete all components of a regional board examination; an overall passing score is not acceptable.
Candidates who have successfully completed a clinical performance examination other than the Northeast Regional Board Examination must also pass the diagnostics component of the clinical performance test offered by the North East Regional Board, Inc.
Successfully completed not less than two years of graduate dental training as a resident dentist in a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CDA); and
Successfully completed at a level greater than the second post-graduate year, at least three additional years of residency or fellowship training accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CDA) in school of dentistry in Connecticut OR has served as a full-time faculty member for at least three years in a school of dentistry in Connecticut while holding a provisional license issued by this office;
If applicable, verification of all licenses ever held by the applicant (current or expired) from each state or territory in which the applicant is or has ever been licensed. Most states charge a fee for this service. Please contact each state or territory for fee information.
A completed, notarized application with photo and fee in the amount of $565.00 in the form of a bank check or money order payable to, “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”;
A separate bank check or money order in the amount of $4.75 made payable to, "Treasurer, State of Connecticut". This payment covers the Department's cost for querying the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).
Please do not combine the above two (2) payments into one single payment. Such a payment cannot be processed and will delay the Department's processing of the application;
An official transcript of dental education, verifying the award of the degree in dentistry, sent directly from the school to this office. Transcripts received in a language other than English will be forwarded to the applicant from this office with instructions on how to obtain an acceptable translation;
An official report of National Board scores, directly to this office. Please visit the ADA website for score transfer information;
An official report of successful completion of an acceptable clinical performance examination;
Submission of a Verification of Dental Residency Training form directly from the program director or a letter from the Dean of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine indicating that the applicant has been a full-time faculty member for at least three years;
Verification of all licenses ever held by the applicant (current or expired) directly from each state. Most states charge a fee for completion of the verification form; contact each state or territory for fee information.
All supporting documentation should be sent to:
Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134