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Information for Internationally-Educated Dentists

The University of Florida College of Dentistry sponsors advanced and graduate education programs in almost all American Dental Association-recognized dental specialties.

Practicing Dentistry in the United States

An important concern for many dentists with international degrees is licensure to practice dentistry in the United States. Our Advanced Education and Graduate Programs are designed to prepare dentists to become specialists and highly trained general dentists.

These programs MAY NOT prepare dentists to become licensed to practice dentistry in Florida.

There are two UF College of Dentistry programs which when successfully completed, afford internationally-educated dentists the opportunity to apply for licensure to practice dentistry in the State of Florida.  They are:

1.  Two-Year AEGD Program for International Dentists in Hialeah, Florida

Successful completion of this certificate program will allow the candidate to be eligible to take the Florida Dental Board Examination.  Successful completion of the Florida Dental Board Examination is required to practice dentistry in Florida.  Eligibility for dental board examinations in other states is not guaranteed by successful completion of this program and is dependent on state-specific requirements for licensure for internationally-educated dentists.

2.  Four-Year D.M.D. Program in Gainesville, Florida

Successful completion of this ADA-accredited dental school program will allow the candidate to be eligible to take the Florida Dental Board Examination.  Successful completion of the Florida Dental Board Examination is required to practice dentistry in Florida.  Eligibility for dental board examinations in other states is possible with successful completion of this DMD program.

Advanced & Graduate Education Programs Offered

Please see our Programs & Application Process page for a list of our postgraduate programs in dentistry.

Application Materials

Admissions requirements are different for each program. Here are some general materials needed for all programs. The program you choose may require additional information. Contact our office for application materials at the address at the bottom of this page.

To apply, you will need:

  1. Official transcripts from every institution of higher learning which you have attended. Unofficial transcripts are not accepted. These must be translated and certified in a Course by Course evaluation report by ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., P.O. Box 92970, Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970, 414-298-3400, www.ece.org). WES Evaluations (Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087, U.S.A., www.wes.org) are also accepted.
  2. An academic background equivalent to a DDS or DMD degree from an accredited dental school according to the requirements established by the Council of Dental Education.
  3. Complete the TOEFL (Testing of English as a Foreign Language, www.toefl.org). A passing TOEFL score of 80 (Internet-Based version) or 213 (computer-based), or 550 (paper-based). The UF College of Dentistry code is 8612. TOEFL scores expire after 2 years. Applicant is exempt if they studied at an American Institution of higher learning for a minimum of one full academic year.
  4. Completion of all sections of Part 1 and Part 2 of the National Dental Board Exam (www.ada.org) is required at the time of application for all dental specialty programs that accept internationally educated applicants. Completion of Part 1 of the National Dental Board Exam is required at the time of application for both the 4-year and 2-year IEDP programs.
  5. Three letters of recommendation, one from the dean of the dental school you attended and two from dental school faculty who are acquainted with your work.
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for students applying to the Orthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics graduate degree programs. The GRE requirement can only be waived for graduate Endodontics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics in cases where foreign-trained applicants have a prior master’s, doctoral, or professional degree from an accredited US institution. You can get information about the GRE on the Educational Testing Service website or write to GRE-ETS, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000. GRE scores expire after 5 years. The GRE cannot expire prior to the first day of classes.
  7. The Advanced and Graduate Education programs, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program, and Pediatric Dentistry program participate in the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Participation in PASS is mandatory. Visit the PASS website or contact: Postdoctoral Application Support Service, 1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100B, Washington, DC 20035-2403, 202-289-8123 or toll free at 800-353-2237.
  8. The Pediatric Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Orthodontics programs participate in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program. Participation in the Match Program is mandatory. Visit the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program website or contact: National Matching Service, 595 Bay Street, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M56 C2C.
  9. All official application documents completed and required fees paid BEFORE the program deadline.

Application Status Updates

Once the admissions office receives your application, you will be notified via email of any missing documentation throughout the application cycle, and up to the application deadline. Once the application deadline is reached, your file is forwarded to the program director – please contact the program director for future questions on your application, and the program selection process.