When to File
File an application for Delaware Dentist Academic licensure if you are a full-time director, chairperson, or attending faculty member of a hospital‑based dental, oral and maxillofacial surgery or other dental specialty residency program. The program must be
- based in Delaware, and
- accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA) for the purposes of teaching, has received initial CODA accreditation or is in the process of establishing CODA accreditation
The academic license allows you to practice dentistry or oral and maxillofacial surgery only in the institution designated on the license and only on patients in an academic setting for teaching purposes.
Requirements for All Applications
- Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
- Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript from Board-recognized undergraduate college or university, sent directly from the school to the Board office. The transcript must show that you completed at least two years of undergraduate study in an accredited college or university.
- Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript from your dental college or university, sent directly from the school to the Board office. The transcript must show your degree and date of graduation. The dental college/university must be CODA‑accredited.
- Arrange for the Board office to receive one of the following:
- Tax form W-2s or other proof that you have practiced actively for three years in another jurisdiction state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia)
- Proof (such as a letter from the sponsoring institution) that you have one year of experience as a dental intern in a CODA‑accredited general practice residency sent directly from the sponsoring institution to the Board office
- Proof (such as a letter from the sponsoring institution) that you have completed four or more years in a CODA‑approved specialty residency, sent directly from the sponsoring institution to the Board office.
- Arrange for the Board office to receive license verification letters from each jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia) where you are now, or have ever been, licensed, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.
- If you have ever been licensed in another jurisdiction, request a self-query from the National Practitioner Data Bank. When you receive the report, send the original to the Board office.
- Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
- Enclose a copy of your current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification card.
- Arrange for the Board office to receive verification that you are “Board Certified” or “Board Eligible” in general dentistry or in a dental specialty.
- If you are in the process of acquiring “Board Certification” or “Board Eligible”status, you must obtain full “Board Certification” or “Board Eligible” status in general dentistry or in a dentistry specialty within five years. If you do not provide the proof, your license will not be renewed.
- Submit proof that you have been appointed as a full-time director, chairperson, or an attending faculty member of a hospital-based dental, oral and maxillofacial surgery or other dental specialty residency program. The facility must be based in Delaware.
- Arrange for the Board office to receive verification of the hospital facility’s CODA accreditation status.
- If the hospital facility has received initial CODA accreditation or is in the process of establishing CODA accreditation, the hospital facility must attain full CODA accreditation status within two years of your licensure. Submit proof of the full CODA accreditation when it is attained.
Pursuing Full Dentist Licensure
You may renew your Academic Dentist license on the same two-year cycle as other Delaware dentistry licenses. (See License Renewal.) However, if you wish to qualify for a full Dentist license, you must pass the Delaware Practical Board Examination in dentistry and the Delaware Jurisprudence Examination regardless of your years of practice. If you wish to pursue full Dentist licensure, these are the requirements:
- Arrange for the Board office to receive your National Board Examination score report, sent directly from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations to the Board office. See Score Report Request.
- Contact the Board office to arrange to sit for the Delaware Practical Board Examination.
- Submit payment for the non-refundable examination fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” Indicate with your examination fee which exam you wish to sit for. If you fail to sit for the examination in the month you select on the application, you will forfeit this fee. You cannot transfer it to the next examination date.
- If you choose to submit your non-refundable examination fee after the deadline for the exam you want to take (May 1 for the June exam or December 1 for the January exam), enclose the non-refundable Late Exam fee. This fee is in addition to the processing fee and examination fee.
- You will be admitted to the exam only if a seat is still available.
- If no seat is available, you will forfeit both the examination fee and late fee that you paid. To register for the next exam date you must pay the examination fee again. You cannot transfer it to a later examination date.
Information about Required Examinations
The Delaware Practical Board Examination is offered twice a year, at the beginning of January and June. The deadlines for applications to sit for the exams are December 1 for the January exam and May 1 for the June exam. The exam is limited to 18 candidates on each date. It is important to submit your application before the deadline for the exam you want to take.
The Delaware Jurisprudence Examination for Dentist Candidates is an “open-book” test with 30 multiple-choice questions. It is based on the license law and the Board’s Rules and Regulations.