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How to Become a Dentist in New York - NY

The State of New York requires its dentists to be licensed by the state. To satisfy licensing requirements to become a dentist in New York, the following general requirements must be met: 

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Meet educational, examination, and experiential standards
  • Be a United States citizen or be a lawfully admitted alien with a green card
  • Completion of infection control coursework  
  • Hold certification of completion of training that enables the dentist to identify and report child abuse

To meet education requirements in New York, one must have a doctoral degree in dentistry (a DDS or DMD degree) from a program accredited by the American Dental Association. An applicant must also have completed a one-year clinically-based dental residency program in an accredited hospital or medical facility, such as the Presbyterian Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center or Brookdale Hospital.

Additionally, New York applicants must pass both Parts I and II of the National Board Dental Examination. Normally, dental students take this exam in the final year of their dental study and schedule the testing just before completing dental school. 

Mail a completed application from the New York State Education Department, along with supporting documentation, and licensure fee of $377 payable by check to:

NYS Education Department
Office of the Professions
PO Box 22063
Albany, NY 12201

New York State's Mandatory Continuing Education Law for the dental profession requires that practicing dentists take 60 credit hours every three years in order to continue practicing dentistry.


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