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FLORIDA BOARD OF DENTISTRY

The FLORIDA BOARD OF DENTISTRY is governed by the following rules:

Dentistry Requirements
An applicant shall be entitled to take the examination required in this section to practice dentistry in Florida if he/she:
Is 18 years of age or older;
Is a graduate of a dental school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association or its successor agency, if any, or any other nationally recognized accrediting agency; or is a dental student in the final year of a program at such an accredited school who has completed all the coursework necessary to prepare the student to perform the clinical and diagnostic procedures required to pass the examinations. With respect to a dental student in the final year of a program at a dental school, a passing score on the examinations is valid for 180 days after the date the examinations were completed. A dental school student who takes the licensure examinations during the student’s final year of an approved dental school must have graduated before being certified for licensure pursuant to s. 466.011, F.S.;
Has successfully completed the American Dental Association National Board of Dental Examiners dental examination, Parts I and II, within 10 years of the date of application. If scores are older than ten years, must retake clinical examination (Part II).
If an applicant is a graduate of a dental college or school not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of American Dental Association or of a dental college or school not approved by the board, he shall not be entitled to take the examination required in this section to practice dentistry until he/she:
Completes a program of study, as defined by the board by rule, at an accredited American dental school and demonstrates receipt of a D.D.S. or D.M.D. from said school; or
Completes a 2-year supplemental dental education program at an accredited dental school and receives a dental diploma, degree, or certificate as evidence of program completion. Refer to Rule 64B5-2.0146, F.A.C. for clarification.
Once qualified, an applicant must successfully complete the following to be licensed as a dentist in this state:
     A written examination on the laws an rules of the state regulating the practice of dentistry;
     A practical or clinical examination, which shall be administered and graded by dentists licensed in this state and employed by the department for just such purpose.
*The practical examination shall include:
     Two restorations, and the board by rule shall determine the class of such restorations and whether they shall be performed on mannequins, live patients. or both. At least one restoration shall be on a live patient;
     A demonstration of periodontal skills on a live patient.
     A demonstration of prosthetics and restorative skills in complete and partial dentures and crowns and bridges and the utilization of practical methods of evaluation, specifically including the evaluation by the candidate of completed laboratory products such as, but not limited to, crowns and inlays filled to prepared model teeth.
     A demonstration of restorative skills on a mannequin which requires the candidate to complete procedures performed in preparation for a cast restoration; and
     A demonstration of endodontic skills.
    If the applicant fails to pass the clinical examination in three attempts, he/she shall not be eligible for reexamination unless he/she completes additional educational requirements established by the board.
     The board may by rule provide for additional procedures which are to be tested, provided such procedures shall be common to the practice of general dentistry. The board by rule shall determine the passing grade for each procedure and the acceptable variation for examiners.

The mission of the Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) is to promote, protect and improve the health of all people in Florida. MQA, in conjunction with twenty-two (22) boards and six (6) councils, regulates six (6) types of facilities and more than forty (40) healthcare professions. MQA evaluates the credentials of all applicants for licensure, issues licenses, analyzes and investigates complaints, inspects facilities, assists in prosecuting practice act violations, investigates unlicensed activity and provides credential and discipline history about licensees to the public. We represent Dental applicants and practicing dentists before the Florida Board of Dentistry. The Enforcement Program within MQA is responsible for analyzing and investigating complaints against healthcare practitioners and facilities from intake to final resolution, inspecting facilities, assisting in prosecuting practice act violations, and investigating unlicensed activity.
64B5-2.014 Licensure Requirements for Applicants from Accredited Schools or Colleges.
Any person who has graduated, or expects to graduate prior to the examination, or is in their final year of a dental program and has completed all the coursework necessary to prepare the student to perform the clinical and diagnostic procedures required to pass the examinations, from a school or college accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association or its successor agency or a school or college approved by the board may seek licensure as a dentist or dental hygienist by applying in the following manner:
(1) Submit at least 60 days prior to the examination:
(a) A completed application, on the appropriate form set forth in Rule 64B5-1.021, F.A.C.;
(b) The application and examination fees specified in Rule Chapter 64B5-15, F.A.C.; and
(2) Submit at least 30 days prior to the examination:
(a) Proof of the educational requirement by one of the following methods:

  1. Graduates must submit a copy of the dental school or dental hygiene school diploma;
  2. A person who expect to graduate prior to the examination must submit a final official transcript received directly from the dental school or dental hygiene school which reflects the applicant’s matriculation and graduation dates and degree earned; the transcript shall be authenticated by the official school stamp or seal as well as the signature of an authorized school official; applicants who will complete their education within 6 weeks prior to the scheduled examination may submit a statement which certifies that the applicant has completed or will complete all requirements for graduation and the degree earned; the statement shall be included with the application and shall be executed by the school’s Dean and embossed with the school’s seal; an official transcript must be received before any candidate can be issued a license.
  3. Students who are in their final year of a dental program and have completed all the coursework necessary to perform the clinical and diagnostic procedures required to pass the examinations must submit a letter from the Dean of the dental school stating that the applicant is in their final year of the program and has completed all the coursework necessary to perform the clinical and diagnostic procedures required to pass the examinations.

(b) A certificate that licensure to practice dentistry or dental hygiene currently held and ever held in another jurisdiction is in good standing and has not been disciplined or otherwise acted against;
(c) Proof of malpractice liability insurance coverage for the examination received directly from the insurance company;
(d) If the applicant’s name has changed since initiation of dental or dental hygiene education, a certified copy of the legal document changing the name or an affidavit sworn before a notary public or other person authorized to administer oaths that the person named in the credentials submitted and the applicant are the same person;
(e) Two 2 inch by 2 inch photographs of the applicant which are suitable for identification at the examination site;
(f) Complete disclosure regarding any litigation in which the candidate is or was involved; and
(g) A complete chronological dental practice history, including addresses of practice, names of associates in practice and current location of any practice associates.
(3) Proof received directly from the American Dental Association, that the National Board of Dental Examiners Written Examination or National Board of Dental Hygiene Written Examination has been successfully completed within 10 years prior to application.
(4) It is the applicant’s responsibility to assure that the application for licensure is complete, including assuring that all required documents are submitted timely.

Dental Hygiene
An applicant shall be entitled to take the examination required in this section to practice dental hygiene in Florida if he/she:
     Is 18 years of age or older;
     Is a graduate of a dental hygiene college or school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association or its successor agency, if any;
     Has successfully completed the National Board of Dental Hygiene examination within 10 years of the date of application.
Foreign graduates of a non-accredited dental college or school must demonstrate 4 academic years of postsecondary dental education and submit a dental school diploma which is comparable to a D.D.S. or D.M.D. The applicant must have successfully completed either the National Board of Dental Hygiene examination or the National Board of Dental Examiners dental examination, within 10 years of date of application. Applicants should contact Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., to obtain a “Subject Analysis” evaluation. The Board may require an applicant who graduated from a nonaccredited dental college or school to successfully complete additional coursework, only after failing the initial examination, as defined by rule, at an educational institution approved by the board or accredited as provided in subparagraph (2)(b)1. A graduate of a foreign dental college or school not accredited in accordance with s. 466.006(2)(b) may not take the coursework set forth in this paragraph until the board has approved the credentials required by paragraph (a).
Once qualified, an applicant must successfully complete the following to be licensed as a dental hygienist in this state:
     A written examination on the laws and rules of the state regulating the practice of dental hygiene.
     A practical or clinical examination, which shall be administered and graded by dentists and dental hygienists licensed in this state and employed by the department for just such purpose.
The candidate will be required to perform a complete prophylaxis. In addition, root planing will be evaluated on four approved teeth. If the applicant fails to pass the clinical examination in three attempts, he/she shall not be eligible for reexamination unless he/she completes additional educational requirements established by the board. The mission of the Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA) is to promote, protect and improve the health of all people in Florida. MQA, in conjunction with twenty-two (22) boards and six (6) councils, regulates six (6) types of facilities and more than forty (40) healthcare professions. MQA evaluates the credentials of all applicants for licensure, issues licenses, analyzes and investigates complaints, inspects facilities, assists in prosecuting practice act violations, investigates unlicensed activity and provides credential and discipline history about licensees to the public. We represent Dental professionals applicants and practicing dentists before the Florida Board of Dentistry. The Enforcement Program within MQA is responsible for analyzing and investigating complaints against healthcare practitioners and facilities from intake to final resolution, inspecting facilities, assisting in prosecuting practice act violations, and investigating unlicensed activity.