How Foreign Dentists Can Get U.S. Foreign dentists must enroll in a U. S. university for a course in dentistry to further their training and prepare them for the license examinations. Get your booties into the Internet and check out all of the programs available to you. And then will i be able to get the visa through lottery only? Thank you so much for creating this thread. Research into these options and decide which route is for you. Could you please recommend 3 to 6 months courses in or around Texas or any place in US. Thank you for the kind words. I want to do residency in OMFS directly I.e license by specialty. Thank you in advance . We do not handle licensing. Hi! IN has a dental board that grants dental license on a case by case manner so it is important to understand that no case is the same to them. I published only a few research articles and mainly in foreign dental journals. May The Blessings of Our One G-D, Our Lord Be Upon You All (No Matter Which Religion You Belong To, We Are All Children Of The Same One God) The G-d of “I AM”!!! Could you please explain this. • Must have a current, unrestricted license to practice dentistry in a U.S. State or territory I completed my NBDE! I can’t thank you enough for this wonderful blog. I spoke to then over the phone and they are telling me that can only be registered as a dentist through DDS or a coda approved AEGD. Pathway for an Internationally Trained Dentist to practice in USA. 1. I want to know if I can apply for a GPR program without a permanent US residency and after I finish it pursue for a US residency. Thank you so much for your time.You are very kind.Can i talk to you.Could you please connect me to any Oral Pathologist.I went to Buffalo university and talked to the program director.He told as i already have a oral pathology degree there is more chance of getting admission.But yet for my husband green card has not been raised by his company.He is into IT profession.And more over i feel compared to general dentistry the chance of getting job for Oral pathologist is less.I am not sure if it is true.Even the program director told me most of the people who studied there went back to their own countries.I am really confused.Now t is almost three years i have been here in USA ,sitting idle at home.I am not even getting any volunteering opportunities in dental clinic. You can be accepted for specialty without DDS but for Ortho that’s highly competitive so your chances are very limited. I intend to get into the residency programme for dentistry. Refugees have additional options with regard to their immigration status but not in terms of dental education- you will have the same options as the rest of the FTD’s. • 5,000 hours of clinical practice in the last 5-7 years (minimum of 1,000 hours per year) A root canal treatment in Oklahoma is still a root canal treatment in California. I have passed ADEX and have a Michigan dental license. Predental membership is $71/year. One of the drawbacks of this option is that there the Universities do not advertise faculty positions they would be open to considering a foreign dentist. Thank you!!! I an still an undergrad I’m 38 years old now and that is one of the biggest factors that I fear.. have I missed the bus?! I would strongly suggest to keep looking up for each state individually. Tnx for ur help, Hi , regarding all those information ( 6 options ) that you mentioned & that you posted at above , im wonder if we ( forigner ) still need and required to take the NBDE PART 1 and part 2 before taking up those 6 options such as GPR , AEGD OR …. Thank you. It also depends on which specialty you want to pursue..I’ve only seen some Perio, Pros, Endo etc take foreign dentists into their program but usually after they do an externship or preceptorship with them. I recently moved to the states ( I Got my Permanent resident card ) and i finished dental school in iran two years ago. The reciprocal license requirement is different in each state..for New York you will still be asked for a two year program that resulted in a DDS which GPR will not give and NY also requires 1 year of residency which the GPR unfortunately you will still not be able to practice in New York. A DDS or DMD degree from an accredited predoctoral program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in all states. Specialties NOT good enough. Your resume is promising, so apply and see what happens. But this is a very good question, because it has different parts to it? No one is going to teach you or guide you like they would in an IDP program. On the same topic, never over-charge nor bill for the same procedure twice. Since maxillofacial residents will be essentially working in a hospital setting (and getting paid), they will need a US dental license before they can be accepted into a program. Very precise and clear..My wife is planning to apply for AEGD/GPR this year. 1. That’s something you can work into your Statement of Purpose when you apply. A foreign trained dentist in USA is licensed to practice differently by each state’s regulations in the United States. I´m in the same situation as Meera. I know that I need to take de NBDE I and II basically, in order to enter a REVALIDATION program (there might be exceptions according to the university, since some of them only require the part I for the application procedure). I’m NOT a resident of the US, nor a citizen… I’ve understood that I need to be a resident or a citizen in order to enter/apply to a university as a revalidation student. Thank you so much for this wonderful blog that’s really of great help for dentists trying to work here, I am a periodontist with my bachelors and masters from India When I went on vacation, it was mainly to take courses for continuing education. Though this is personal but we are planning to go for baby too. Thank-you for passing this on to who all might be interested. Thank you in advance. Great work! I would advise you to contact the ACT program and ask if they know of anyone who has received their dental license after the course. My advice to you is if you have applied to International dental programs this cycle and not gotten any interviews, then try to apply to 1 or 2yr AGED/GPR/CODA approved implant residencies etc…these will let you practice in certain states and also look good on your resume if you want to still apply for International dental programs/specialties. Residency programs are much more competitive than advanced standing program. What will be tution fees for Advance standing program in which we have join in 2nd or 3rd year of DDS? Please advise. Such as Alaska, Utah, Iowa, Mississippi, Oklahoma, etc. Hi mam I am interested in perio speciality in USA. My wife and I took over the business, and my son who is an Attorney is the CEO. I also performed a one-year internship program in Oral Surgery/Anesthesia. How can I ask the TN program, would you have any contact so that I can go detail with them. Regards. Would you be able to give me details on how I could obtain the Nevada license? should i study the DDS program or go for masters in the US to be able to work there ? You might need to attend 4 to 5 weeks a year in the U.K. For hands-on experience? When I mean FaceTime..I mean do some shadowing or assisting in the program..go meet the director or faculty and talk to them about your application..that way you are more than a piece of paper on their desk! Check out implant fellowships as well..there are even ones that offer you a certificate. Ninety-nine percent of people contacting their insurances for participant dentists, will always choose the specialist over the general dentist!! In Craniofacial Development, did help me go a very long way. Thank you again for all the information provided. will you let me know if i could do this in other states??? can you please guide me to the process to get limited licensed faculty dentist in MA. As I see that you have been working as faculty in dental school even that you don’t have NBDE. I’m not linked to any state so I would take any opportunity. Oh I just reread the post – your husband took the AEGD. But on the ucla website they have mentioned that few states allow act graduates for licensure. This needs some work on your part as there is no website that consolidates this information for you – it’s purely based on each school Board’s policy whether they hire foreign dentists as faculty. Thanks! NJ does state that the dental board will consider licensure by credential if the applicant has 5 years of active license in certain states (I’m not sure if years of residency is considered) but it also does state that foreign dentists require US DDS to qualify for licensure. 1- What is the difference between Pass and match? Please help me to understand… hello doctor Meera i would like to know how important or valuable are externships /internships in getting called to a school for an interview.. Aplicar a la certificacion de asistente dental por TSBDE (tener social security para este paso). Got back to the grind and put in 12-14 hrs a day studying for around 3 months. Thank you! I’m a student and when i finish school I’d like to move to the US, I have a few questions, it would really help me out if you answer them. Hi Amalia, we sent you an email regarding this. Also, after finishing the GPR/AEGD can you give NERB, WREB etc ? Thank you very much in advance. Does that mean u can get a non restricted licence if u have done a 3 year residency and do not hold a DDS/DMD? I am a U.S. Citizen but im a Mexican Trained Dentist. Me and my wife, we did BDS from Pakistan almost 15yrs back. Unfortunately those are the only options. All the best! Hello! I am foreign trained dentist from India. We are considering relocation to the US Virgin Islands due to my potential job change (she is planning to sell her practice anyway), and I’m trying to help find out if she can obtain a licence in the VI without significant additional education or training. Are you sure about that info? Thank you for all the insight you give us! So between AEGD and IDP, the chances to get in, are similar then? Thank you sooo much for your kindness. Because he showed beyond a reasonable doubt, that he had performed all of these surgeries and he had indeed. Not even American-born and graduates of American or Canadian universities have graduate doctoral degrees in a research discipline? Hope to hear from you soon! International Dental Students The United States and Canada have a reciprocal arrangement, where programs accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada are recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (ADA).. I will really appreciate your help and guidance. So to all of you who are afraid or discouraged, DO NOT BE!!! I attained my BDS 7 years in my home country, Papua New Guinea (South Pacific) region. 2. I am a BDS graduate from Bangladesh.Is it possible to do MPH in usa and get licensure in that state? • Information that the applicant has not failed the WREB examination in the last 5 years Having a good GPA just gives you one more factor to impress them. Finding a job isn’t impossible, but you will have to network online – there are recruiters, corporate companies, ads on different association pages and worst case scenario – cold call or email owner dentists directly. But my fiance is in USA…he is a citizen there….is it advisable to do mds n then ipd-dds or I should not consider mds???? I saw your post on quora abt dds and road map. Their insurances covered everything at 100%!! I did a search for AEGD program in AZ. I don’t know if there are 46..most states that allow reciprocity also ask for DDS so you can never become eligible in those states. Since March 2012, Florida asks for 2 year supplemental education in a program for GENERAL DENTISTRY. I’ve been searching all over the internet and couldn’t find very much about it. I hope this answers your question. working as RDA for about 7 years. pediatric dentistry program. What are the chances here to work in the US. Last thing, you also must check on what type VISA or Immigrant Status you are in and the current legislation regarding immigration or student VISAS? Than you, Hi. I’m saddened to hear about Illinois! You can then go back to your country or choose a country, that with the specialty you gained in the U.S. you can make a very good living and have a great position in teaching or directing a department. I am asking about Restorative Program(ADVANCED CLINICAL TRAINING) from UCLA.. which is 2 years and 1 year another pilot program may be added after 2 years clinical training. Respected sir, thank you for all the informations given above. I want to know what I have to do to get a permission to practice Orthodontics in USA? To my knowledge, Michigan also allows speciality practice after you complete 2-3 yrs speciality program. I would advise you to go through an International dental program or any specialty program and get a US dental license. The Minnesota Board of Dentistry also wishes for the foreign dentist to recognize that the Limited General License is not the only pathway to licensure in our state. So I don’t think that I understand this statement. I’m considering taking a specialty program there because I feel like that’s the most secure path to take, even though it is very pricey. Hello, I know there is a KAPLAN has a prep course online, here’s the website ( I know FL is one of the states that accepts licensure by reciprocity but I’m not sure now about foreign dentists who have only the US specialty. Companies like AETNA, CIGNA and others have the same name, but different coverage policies in each state, city, or county. I am an American citizen, left the country when i was a teenager to study abroad and am currently in my 4th year of my BDS. Where to apply is up to your sister. Currently Attending Dental School Outside the United States Thank you very much for your quick response, Dr. Meera. Are there consultants to help with this sort of thing? Am currently in the US on an F2 visa That pay you a stipend), only AEGD programs that the participant is required to pay? pedo is having grats cope in AZ, FL thats i know anyother states. i have completed masters in operative dentistry program at tufts, some states do allow option for licensure. I am interested in states which allow for licensure with 1 year of AEGD or GPR. It is so difficult to find this information otherwise. Could you please guide me how to get a limited dental liscence ,as my husband is working in H1 visa. However, I do know that one of the oral pathologists at UNC is the highest paid dentist (600K+ a year) in the school. You will have to look at individual programs.. as of now I don’t think there’s a comprehensive list of all the programs. Try not to let departments know that you are applying for multiple positions, most departments like to think you are focused on one specialty or program. You can email me at These states usually get less applicants than the States of New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, State of Washington, Texas, etc.. Everyone wants to go to the major states, which have the largest cities (it’s a great cultural panacea and experience. Thanks a lot! The best way to know is to apply..look online at University websites to see openings and apply – no cost to you for that. By the way, it seems that CA is also eligible for the specialty program? Meera, Can you help me with this? Hello does anyone know where I can find a list of current GPR programs for the 2019 cycle? can u pls help with me with my doubts. Hi Meera I was going through some information on indeed that a FTD (Foreign trained dentist) can become Hygienist without having to go school and taking directly state exam and some other exam. To discuss your situation with Dr. Marshall, please leave us a message. What is your advice for me when I pursue the program at Michigan. An AEGD program is usually conducted in a dental school, community health center or military facility and provides experience with comprehensive patient care for all population groups. For example, if you study Pediatric Dentistry in Latin America and then you come to the United States and obtain your license you cannot call yourself a Pediatric Dentist? Yes I passed both before I joined the Perio program. I think it’s a valuable and much-needed branch of dentistry. In case there are schools that accept foreign dental degrees into their 4 year programs that I have yet to come across.. are there any that are known? i was wondering if it will be possible for me to get admission into a good university to do ORAL PATHOLOGY speciality again that can further allow me to practice as an oral pathologist in the same state. For 3-6 month courses, you can contact UT houston but you will have entry as an RDA – I’m not sure about dental courses for FTD. What is the difference between the advanced standing program and the international dentist program? Hi there Mayor, you might want to check out this article we’ve written regarding residency programs. I’ve been in the practice of PT for a while but I still miss my dental practice. Been practicing for almost a decade. because in Brazil they don’t do undergrad first. All OMFS specialties require IDP for its applicants. How many years does my NBDE accreditacion is valid?? Thanks in advance! I am a Nigerian trained dentist. My fiance is a licensed dentist in Canada. literally you’re the best and everything you explained in different categories means so much to people like us. She also writes how some states have different options: In some states, a general practice residency or other advanced education program (advanced education in general dentistry or specialty training) is accepted in lieu of a dental degree or certificate of completion. If you guys want to stay in Florida I will recommend doing the DMD program in Nova. Hello ! I wanted to know what is the qualification required to apply for the postgraduation courses in the USA? Can u guide me on my a Periodontist in academics/clinics? Keeping my fingers crossed. I mean the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, The American Association of Periodontics, The American Association of Oral Medicine and so on!! Please my question is if one is not getting the dds or idp program done as an international dentist and wants to practice in the states as a dentist is it actually possible at the moment? I do have to put up an updated list. I did not do the DDS program here. this will allow you to apply for licensure by reciprocity in other states if you have worked the required time (usually 5 years). I do not know of anyone personally who has gone this route. So my question is , Do I still need to do the NBDE in order to work in Michigan? 4. Limited licenses are valid for one year and may be renewed for up to five years. You have GOOGLE and the Internet, more than I had when I was in your shoes 35 years ago! 2) orthodontist – in the states of washington, virginia, nebraska. It’s like senior housesurgency in India. Thank you very much for you help and insight. This includes international-trained dentists who are planning to apply to an advanced standing or international dental program. 1-What are the states where i can work with the fastest time the less exams. But he went onto becoming a Full Fellow of The International Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and an Affiliate member of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Especially for GPR, as far as I searched, citizenship is needed. I’m not sure is licensure by reciprocity still works then for specialty trained foreign dentists. regarding the WREB pathway -does it matter which CODA approved dental program? my question is what is process or steps to get in an ortho program in the US? I’m not will have to contact the state board directly by email/phone. How long do you have left to finish your doctorate? If you would be willing to, I would be interested too in finding out some more information about obtaining a faculty license. This is true for licensure by examination and by credentials. Many thanks, Your email address will not be published. If he doesn’t mind practicing as a general dentist then that route will be the fastest. I’m an European and also Iranian dentist with over 17 years of experience. Wishing you many blessings for your very great helpful heart. may i know what the name of that school??? We are ready to settle on a limited licence in any state . Which state and which facility/hospital/University/ college is it possible to achieve faculty membership and work in dentistry without any exams and how to approach getting in there? Am I correct to understand that an alternative path for us to live in CA in the long term, might be for my partner to: 1. Things change all the time and ultimately it is the respective State Boards that decide the rules. Hi Amruta, 5. certificacion de documentos, entre otros mas requisitos que hay que enviar al TSBDE. Hi Dr. Meera But you can never become Board-Certified, nor be a Full Member with voting rights. He took it to court, and the court decided in his favor!! I can understand your brooding situation. We have so many highly skilled immigrants moving to Florida from Venezuela, and several of them have been dentists. It’s not clear to me what the alternative option in Illinois is. You can work as a dental assistant (in Texas, it’s only a matter of online registration and an exam) and be on an H1b visa while you apply to schools. Hi, thank you for the information. Texas is saturated, opportunities will be limited. Unfortunately that information is not compiled anywhere. I’m only in the beginning of my research but so far the school websites that I visited specify that undergrad work should be at an accredited university. Kansas does not open up for foreign dentists unless you get a US DDS. I think NY is the only state which requires one year of GPR on top of the IDP. 2. Possiamo anche parlare in italiano. The options are: The only state that grants a US dental license without additional US training is Minnesota (MN). Hi Dr. Meera, They then write the DAT (Dental Application Test) exam which is administered by the ADA (American Dental Association) and comprises of 280 questions related to the natural sciences, with reading comprehension and quantitative reasoning. It will apply to only new applicants. Hello! – I had also attend plenty of CDE programmes and national conference in India Hi , regarding all those information that you posted at above , im wonder if we still need and required to take the NBDE PART 1 and part 2 ??! All the best! your posts are really helpful, informative and giving a ray of hope to the people who have less knowledge and were tired in gathering the information required about all these. Any help is greatly appreciated. In Connecticut you can get a limited faculty license when you have completed a 2 consecutive years of AEGD residency and you must have an unlimited license from a different state. Most faculty licensure requires that you have a valid job offer to be able to apply. I need more information about how to get into it and which specialty accepts international Dentist more. and apparently testifies in court a lot regarding dentists missing oral cancers and such. Hi Dr. Meera NEW YORK I was already a U.S. trained Pediatric Dentist and I was licensed in three states. Its according to where i can find a job. i heard a rumor and i was wondering about it? Appreciate all your efforts. Dear Doctor Meera, Thanks so much for your wonderful blog! I sent my documents to the ECE for evaluation but unfortunately they replied they could not evaluate my documents because they don’t have reliable sources at my university (Its stated clearly on their site). TEXAS 4 Even though , I was working very hard to make money and to give my family a good life? You have to pay for your entire staff to be certified. He said “NO”, but I have over two thousand cases of surgeries I performed down in Mexico and here is the proof! Most insurances will reimburse you as a specialist and as what is reasonable and customary for the area where your practice is located in? I would email/call the FL licensing dept directly for more info. those 5 options that are listed above apply for refugees as well? Hi Alexandra, Would you please tell me what would be the best path for me in order to achieve DDS in the US? Nice to see someone from Colombia on this Forum. and the other thing is after i finish GPR/AEGD will i be able to apply for masters program like orthodontics, perio, endo etc? Also, how important do my past grades weigh on my admittance (ex. I do not have DDS. After all, this is the country of opportunities. Below is the link for that information. FLORIDA Nonetheless, it’s still rare for a residency program like this to accept non-accredited, non-U.S. dental graduates into their programs. Work experience is always a plus but it doesn’t hurt to explain your situation while your applying to programs, you never know if you will get accepted. Ok mam. All the best! Hope this helps but feel free to email us if you have further questions on this! The advantage is that you save time and money but skipping the International dentist program. i mean can i just go to the US and get a speciality exam or residency then get licenced to work in the US ? No that I know. 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