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Professional Regulation

Dentist Community Health License



When to Apply

You should only apply for this type of dental licensure if you are a dentist who is contracted to practice at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Delaware or government-operated dental clinics. The Dentist-Community Health license allows you to practice dentistry in Delaware…

  • on individuals served by the FQHC, including during community or outreach events serving underserved populations, or on the staff of the FQHC
  • for a government-operated dental clinic

The Dentist-Community Health license expires after two years of service at a FQHC or a government-operated dental clinic has been completed, or after a pending application for license under § 1122 of this title has been approved, whichever comes later. It is not renewable.


Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.
 

PRIOR TO APPLYING

In order to apply for a license or submit a service request, you must first have a DELPROS user account . To LOG IN or CREATE a DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services) user account:

  1. Go to: https://delpros.delaware.gov/OH_HomePage.
  2. Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
  3. If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
  4. If you already have a DELPROS user account, enter your email address and password on the right side for EXISTING USERS and click the LOGIN button.

DELPROS allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it later to finish the process. You only have six (6) months to submit your application once you begin.

  • If you do not submit your application within six months of starting it, you will be required to restart the entire online application again.

You may check the status of your application online throughout the entire application process by using the “View Application Status” feature in DELPROS on your e-License dashboard.
 


KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND COLLECT YOUR DOCUMENTS

  1. Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
  2. Request and gather all documents required to upload on the Attachments page. All information and forms are located on your profession’s webpages.


ATTACHING AND ACKNOWLEDGING DOCUMENTS

On the ATTACHMENTS page of your application, you may be instructed to:

  • either “attach” or “upload” the required document(s) directly to your application. This means you will find the document(s) saved on your computer or device and upload it to your application, or
  • click “acknowledge”. This means you will either have to mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
    • Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state.
  • Forms requiring a supervisor signature, seal, or notary may have to be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document.

The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).


Requirements

It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit the documents listed below for the Dentist-Community Health application:

  • A copy of your employment contract with the FQHC or government-operated dental clinic.
  • An official transcript from your CODA-accredited dental college or university showing your degree and date of graduation.
  • An official transcript from Board-recognized undergraduate college or university, sent directly from the school to the Board office.
  • A copy of your current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification card.
  • Your National Board Examination score report, sent directly from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations to the Board office. See Score Report Request.
  • A complete, signed and notarized Jurisprudence Examination for Dentist Candidates document.
  • Documentation of one of the following:
    • Proof of passing the Delaware practical examination under 24 Del. C. § 1123.
    • Proof of passing a nationally-recognized dental exam given by one of the following or a nationally recognized regional board exam that the Board deems substantially similar to the following:
      • The Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (“CITA”).
      • The Central Regional Dental Testing Services (“CRDTS”).
      • The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (“CDCA”), formerly the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners (“NERB”).
      • The Southern Regional Testing Agency (“SRTA”).
      • The Western Regional Examining Board (“WREB”).
  • State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization formto arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit the forms and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.
    • Allow at least four weeks for the SBI to send criminal history records to the Board office.
    • A new criminal background check is required even if the person recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.
  • A community health license may upgrade to a full Dentist license if the applicant submits proof of completion of 3600 hours over 2 years at an FQHC or a government-operated dental clinic.

  • Hours are limited to a maximum of 40 hours per week, of which at least 32 hours per week must be in providing care for patients at the approved site and only up to 8 hours per week may be for performing clinical-related administrative activities.

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