The Pathway to Licensure… A marathon not a sprint!
We think that getting into dental school is the hardest part of becoming a dentist, and that often the process is almost automatic after you begin the first day of class. Sadly, that is not the case. Dentistry is a self regulated profession, meaning that a board of dentists supervises the licensure and practice of professionals in our field. Each state has their own Board of Dentistry, and each board has their own rules and regulations regarding applying and getting licensed. Further complicating the process are the different exams required to apply in some states. Don’t worry – we have simplified and condensed the key things you should know!