Questions & Answers: Internationally-Educated Dentists Program Admissions
Do you require criminal background checks?
Yes. As a condition of acceptance and continued enrollment, entering students are required to complete a criminal background check. Offers of admission are not considered final and enrollment is not permitted until completion of the check has results deemed favorable by UFCD.
I have a dental degree from another country and I would like to be able to practice dentistry in Florida. How do I become licensed to practice?
Dentists must take and pass an exam given by the Florida Department of Health, in order to be licensed to practice dentistry in Florida. You can get more information about the licensure exam at the Florida Department of Health website.
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:
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.
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.
Is financial aid available for the 4-Year D.M.D. and the 2-Year AEGD program for International Dentists?
Yes, financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need as long as the applicant is a U.S. citizen or an eligible permanent resident (an I-130 Petition for Alien Relative is NOT eligible for financial aid) . Acceptance into the program does not guarantee you are eligible for financial aid. You are responsible for financing your dental education.
My application will be coming in late. Will you make an exception for me so I can still apply after the deadline?
No. Applications to both the 2-Year AEGD or 4-Year D.M.D. programs must be submitted before the deadline. It is your responsibility to be sure we have received all of the parts of your application. You are welcome to contact our office by phone or email in order to verify your application is complete.
I took the National Dental Board Exam several years ago. Do I have to retake the National Dental Boards?
For the 4-year D.M.D. program, National Dental Boards must have been taken within four years of the admissions starting date. If your scores are older than this, you may need to retake the National Dental Board Examination. Please note, for the 2014 admissions cycle, the admissions committee is accepting NBDE Part 1 or the DAT. For the 2015 admissions cycle, the DAT will be required and NBDE Part 1 will be optional.
The 2-Year AEGD Program does not require NBDE scores to have been taken within a certain time frame.
Are applicants from other states accepted?
Legal residents of the state of Florida are given priority in admission to both the 2-Year AEGD and 4-Year D.M.D. program. Residents of other states are eligible to apply, but do not receive preference in admission.
I have a dental degree from another country and I would like to study a dental specialty, like orthodontics or periodontics, in the United States. Can I practice dentistry in Florida after I complete my specialty residency?
An important concern for many dentists with international degrees is licensure to practice dentistry in the United States. Our dental specialty training 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. The internationally educated dentists who complete the specialty training programs typically return to their home countries to practice dentistry.