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Becoming a Dentist in Washington - WA

In order to become a dentist in Washington, the Washington State Department of Health requires the following information to be included along with a completed application for licensure:

  • A transcript posted with dental degree from a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) dental school, including the date of graduation.

  • A military/commanding officer letter if the applicant is on active duty in the military, outlining duties, length of service and whether any adverse actions have been reported or taken.
  • Must have completed the minimum of seven (7) hours of education in the prevention, transmission and treatment of AIDS.
  • Attach a current photograph, no larger than 2 inches by 2 inches, front-view, that has been taken within the past twelve months.
  • Examinations results accepted: Western Regional Examining Board (WREB), Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS), Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA), or East Regional Examining Board (NERB).

A Dentist Practice Licensure Application by Exam can be downloaded at: http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/professions/Dental/documents/dentalwexam.pdf.

Note that Washington reserves the right to request a fingerprint-based background check, which the applicant will have to pay for. In order to be considered for dental licensure in Washington mail the application with initial documentation and a check or money order for $700.00 payable to the Department of Health to:

Washington State Department of Health, Health Professions and Facilities,
PO Box 1099
Olympia, WA 98507-1099


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