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Non Accredited Dental (Internationally Educated)

July 21, 2009

Dear Dentists,

On behalf of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry we need to inform you of some statutory changes to our process of licensure for Dentists from Non-Accredited Dental Schools. The Minnesota Board of Dentistry has been evaluating Dentists from Non-Accredited Dental Schools for educational equivalency since 2001. The process that is outlined on our website is still in effect. However, the following language has been adopted and added in Statute and will go into effect as of August 1, 2008.

Effective 8/1/2009, the Minnesota Board of Dentistry will be implementing a charge of $200 for a credential review of any dentist from a non ADA/CODA accredited dental school.

The procedures outlined below are in addition to the current process and will apply to all applicants who have not presented to the Board a completed application for licensure along with all requirements necessary for licensure, by the August 1, 2008 date. The required documents would include completion of a Board approved clinical examination, Minnesota Jurisprudence examination and documentation of successful completion of both. Please note the other requirements for licensure as stated on the Boards website.

Passed by the 2008 Legislature and effective August 1, 2008 Subd. 9 Graduates of non-accredited dental programs. A graduate of a non-accredited dental program who successfully completes the clinical licensure examination, and meets all other applicant requirements of the board shall be licensed to practice dentistry and granted a limited general dental license by the Board. The Board shall place limitations on the licensees authority to practice by requiring the licensee to practice under the general supervision of a Minnesota-licensed dentist approved by the Board. A person licensed under this subdivision must practice for three consecutive years in Minnesota pursuant to a written agreement, approved by the Board, between the licensee and a Minnesota-licensed dentist who may limit the types of services authorized. At the conclusion of the three year period, the Board shall grant an unlimited license without further restrictions if all supervising dentists who had entered into written agreements with the licensee during any part of the three year period recommend unlimited licensure, and if no corrective action or disciplinary action has been taken by the Board against the licensee.


Dentists Who Have Graduated from a Non-Accredited Dental Program

During the 2001 legislative session, M.S. 150A.06, Subd. 1 was passed and signed into law. The law, which became effective on August 1, 2001, allows internationally-educated dental graduates to apply for Minnesota licensure. Specifically, the law states that:

A graduate of a dental college in another country must not be disqualified from examination solely because of the applicants foreign training if the board determines that the training is equivalent to or higher than that provided by a dental college approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or a successor organization.

Applications will not be processed until all documentation has been received. Therefore, it is recommended that an applicant regularly visit this section of the Web site in order to be up to date with what is necessary to complete the application before it is processed and reviewed. The review of completed applications by the Credentialing and Licensure Committee will be done strictly on a time available basis.

NOTE: When reviewing the education of a dental graduate from a non-accredited dental program, the Minnesota Board of Dentistry considers the course content and credit hours from pre-dental, dental didactic, clinical and lab credit hours required by dental colleges accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association to be critical. The Minnesota Board requires passing grades in all subjects (defined as U.S. grade C or higher).


Process for Non-Accredited Dental Graduates to become Licensed in Minnesota

(Please carefully read the information below)

The Board has developed considerations to enable qualified candidates to apply for licensure under this statute. There are no formal rules for the request for licensure process. The requested documents provide considerations for licensure, and the Board will review application materials on a case-by-case basis.

The Credentials Committee of the Board meets approximately every six weeks (see schedule) to review submitted materials on a first-come, first-served basis. You must submit all of the documents on the checklist to begin the process. Please review the list carefully as your interview with the Committee will not be scheduled until we have received all the documents.

Below are 3 different types of decisions the Committee will make at this time:

1. Licensure Eligible Status Granted.
    You will be notified that you have met all the considerations to take the clinical exam.
2. Request Tabled.
    If the Committee determines that you need to provide additional documentation, your application will be tabled. You will need to provide the necessary information within sixty (60) days or repeat the entire process. 

   There are two common scenarios where this might happen: 
(1) the Committee will request additional information regarding your education or experience if they feel the documentation submitted does not clearly describe your professional background 
(2) the Committee will request materials that are missing or incomplete. 

    A tabled application does not guarantee that you are eligible for licensure. If the Committee votes to table your application, you will be notified of your legal options to agree or not agree to meet the Committees request.
3. Request Denied.
    The Committee may determine that you do not meet the minimum considerations for licensure, and deny licensure. In this case, you will be notified of the decision and have the option of an appeal. 

Please understand that you may NOT practice dentistry in Minnesota until you have been granted a license number.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility based on circumstances that the board has not anticipated, please feel free to contact Joyce Nelson, Licensing Director.



Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Below is an outline of the process for a non-accredited dental graduate to become licensed in Minnesota. Details of the documents requested can be found elsewhere in this packet. 

Step 1: Applicant provides documents to International Credentialing Association (ICA) for review. ICA sends a course-by-course report to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry. 

Step 2: Applicant submits the following documents to our office:

a. Affidavit of applicant
b. Non-refundable fee of $200.00 (check or money order made payable to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry)
c. Completed internationally-educated dentist questionnaire
d. Curriculum vitae or resume;
e. Proof of actively practicing, clinical dentistry for a sufficient period of time based on the following criteria:
1. Duration
2. Verifiability
3. Scope of practice
4. Recency
f. Dental diploma (and certified translation, if not in English)
g. Other diplomas or certificates (with translations)
h. Letter from the American Dental Association (ADA) showing completion of their Infection Control course (letter needs to indicate how many questions were answered correctly and incorrectly)
i. National Board Examination score report (shows breakdown of individual scores), Parts I and II (notarized copy)
j. Proof of passing the TOEFL or English proficiency examination
Please do not submit these documents until you have all that are listed above.

Step 3: The committee evaluates the documents above as submitted, and if approved, contacts you by mail to schedule an interview. 

Step 4: Possible interview, including submitting patient records, with the Committee at the Board office in Minneapolis, MN.

If your interview has been successful, the Board will give you permission to take a clinical exam:

Step 5: Complete and submit the results of the CRDTS, WREB, or SRTA exam (if not previously submitted). The Committee considerations are that these exams be passed within eighteen (18) months from date of the Boards approval letter. 

Step 6: Complete the Minnesota Jurisprudence Exam (Contact the Minnesota Board of Dentistry to schedule).

Once the Board receives proof that you have passed these examinations, you will be sent the LGL application form.

Step 7: Complete the LGL license application form and submit it to our office with your written agreement for Committee review and check for $295. 

Step 8: Your application will be processed within two weeks. If all is in order, you will receive a letter with your license number. The actual license could take two to three months to arrive.

As you can see, this is a lengthy process. We appreciate your patience.


If you are an:

Internationally-educated General Dentist
Internationally-educated Dental Specialist

1) You must have completed dental education equivalent to or greater than the dental education provided at a school that is accredited by the American Dental Associations Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), and

2) It is recommended you graduate with at least a 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA). Regardless of GPA, if you failed the same course twice, you will not be eligible for licensure.

The Minnesota Board of Dentistry has chosen an evaluation service, International Credentialing Associates, Inc. (ICA) that will assess your education. Please contact ICA at 727-549-8555, or email: to request their Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials. Submit their completed application form and all requested documents to ICA. On your application, you must request that the report be sent directly to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry. The Credentials Committee of the Board will use ICAs educational evaluation to determine whether your education is equivalent to an accredited program.

While ICA is doing the evaluation, you can submit the documents listed on the process outline to our office. ALL of the documents listed must be submitted for your file to be reviewed by the Committee. All documents become part of your permanent file with the Board and cannot be returned to you. Please note that all photocopies that you send must be certified by a notary public to be true copies of the original documents and have the signature and stamp of the notary public. Photocopies that are not notarized will not be considered by the Committee:

  • A notarized photocopy of proof of passing the TOEFL and Test of Spoken English (TSE) within the past two years. For information contact:
Educational Testing Service
English Language Institute

TOEFL scores(typical for admission to CODA-accredited programs) 

Total score Listening Essay Reading Speaking
Computer 213 21 4.5 NA NA
Written 550 55 4.5 NA NA
IBT 92 20 20 20 20

TSE must be passed with a minimum score of 45+.

For more information contact their website:

Every foreign trained dentist submitting a request to be considered for licensure to practice as a dentist in Minnesota must submit the following information/documents:
  • Affidavit of Applicant- Must be signed before a notary public.

  • Internationally-educated Dentist Questionnaire Be sure to give specific dates (month/year) of residency. Must be signed before a notary public.

  • Personal letter, curriculum vitae, or resume; that describes what you have been doing professionally since graduation from dental school. Please give specific dates and information.

  • Dental Diploma- A notarized photocopy of your dental diploma and, if not in English, an original or notarized photocopy of its official/certified translation.

  • Proof of Practice- Notarized photocopies documenting active, clinical practice of dentistry. Acceptable documents may include tax statements, patient billings, pay stubs or passport. If you do not have these specific documents, please submit what you do have available; the Committee will then determine if they are acceptable.

  • Credentials- Notarized photocopies of all diplomas or certificates that you have been awarded for advanced education in dentistry and if not in English, original or notarized photocopies of official/certified translations.

  • Infection Control Training- Complete the ADA's 8 credit course Effective Infection Control: A Training Program for your Dental Office. Contact the ADA at 312-440-2500 for the workbook and video. Submit documentation of successful completion of this training.

  • National Boards - A notarized photocopy of your National Board Examination score, Part I and Part II passed in the five years prior to submission of your completed application. This examination is offered throughout the United States and Canada. For information contact:

American Dental Association
Commission on National Board Examination
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(800) 621-8099 or (312) 440-2500
  • Please have all photocopies notarized as true copies of the original documents. When originals are not in English, please include an official translation (the original or notarized photocopy).

To Obtain Minnesota Licensure:

After the Committee has accepted your documents and you have had the interview, you must complete the following examinations (if not already taken).
  • A notarized photocopy of your passing score on the clinical examination administered by CRDTS, WREB, NERB, SRTA or CITA passed in the five years prior to submission of your final application.











  • Minnesota Jurisprudence Examination:This examination tests your knowledge of the Minnesota statutes and rules that pertain to dentistry. You will be granted permission to take this examination after the committee decides favorably regarding your dental education. Information and study materials will be mailed to you at such a time. Contact the MN Board Dentistry to schedule a time to take the test.
To help you track your progress toward a MN dental license, we have provided a checklist of the documents needed.
As you can see this is a lengthy process. Please be patient!
We wish you the best of luck!


Case by case review supported by the following:
  • Nonrefundable fee of $200 to review Credentials
  • ICA Educational Evaluation
  • Affidavit of applicant
  • Completed internationally-educated dentist questionnaire
  • Personal letter/resume/CV
  • Diploma original or notarized copy and the official translation into English
  • Other diplomas / certificates - originals or notarized copies and the official translations into English
  • ADA letter of completion of Infection Control Course
  • Proof of sufficient actively practicing, clinical dentistry
  • National Board Examination score, Parts I and II (notarized photocopy)
  • TOEFL / MELAB certification
You will also need to submit your scores for the following exams, after your successful interview with the committee:
  • A notarized photocopy of your passing score on CRDTS, WREB, NERB or SRTA
  • A notarized photocopy of your passing score on the MN Jurisprudence Exam
Once we have received the above scores, we will send you the LGL license application form.
  • Written Agreement for Committee review
  • Notarized copies of documents as listed in application
Additional Guidelines
The Licensure and Credentials Committee evaluates each candidate for licensure on a case-by-case basis. The Committee utilizes the guidelines listed below, and the application materials submitted by dental professionals who graduate from non-accredited and/or international dental schools.
The Minnesota Board of Dentistry also utilizes data evaluated by the International Credentialing Association (ICA). This evaluation provides information about an applicants dental education, including subject content of courses completed, estimated US semester credit hours, estimated US grade levels, and estimated grade point averages. The evaluation also confirms dates of attendance, the length of the academic program, passes and/or failed examinations, verification of the completion of internship training, verification of the primary source of all academic documents, verification of professional standing in the country of education and/or dental registration.
The evaluation does not provide a statement of equivalency. The guidelines listed below demonstrate some of the items used by the Committee for a case-by-case consideration of the information provided by the candidate, the ICA, the dental school/s attended and the dental community of origin. The numbers listed on the forms beside the courses are credit hours from accredited dental school programs and are based upon averages from the dental schools in the Minnesota geographical region. The numbers are listed for pre-dental, dental didactic and dental clinical courses.
The Minnesota Board of Dentistry shall make the sole judgment in determination whether the educational credentials are equivalent to those in the United States, and whether they meet the considerations of the Board. The ICA evaluation and all other information are advisory to the Board, and are not intended to supersede the authority of the Board.
Guideline Forms
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