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Becoming a Dentist in Minnesota - MN

To ensure that Minnesota‚Äôs citizens receive quality dental care from competent professionals, the Minnesota Board of Dentistry has established requirements and procedures for becoming a licensed dentist.  For licensure by examination, they are as follows:

  • Submit an application along with an application fee of $140. The application is available at http://www.dentalboard.state.mn.us/Portals/3/Licensing/DDS%20application.pdf.

  • Dental professionals must take and pass the Minnesota Dental Jurisprudence and the Minnesota Board of Dentistry has contracted with Prometric Inc. to proctor the exam at one of its testing centers.  To schedule, visit http://www.prometric.com/minnesota/dentistry.
  • Provide verification of graduation from a school of dentistry accredited by the Commission on Accreditation.
  • Provide certification that the individual has successfully passed the two-part National Board Dental Examination (NBDE), including an examination and assessment of clinical skills.  Areas covered will include occlusion, physiology, anatomy, dental anatomy and biochemistry.
  • Pass a clinical examination administered by the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS), the North East Regional Board (NERB), or other state board clinical examinations.
  • Submit a notarized unmounted passport-type photo, three inches by three inches, taken within the last six months.
  • Provide a character reference from the dental school where the applicant graduated.

Minnesota Board of Dentistry
University Park Plaza
2829 University Avenue, SE, Suite 450, Mpls, MN 55414-3246


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