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State Licensure for International Dentist Resource Guide

The guide contains valuable information about admission to the United States, state licensure requirements and preparing for written and clinical licensing examinations. It's a valuable resource that answers questions about practicing dentistry in the United States and walks you through the entire state licensure process. The ADA Guide for International Dentist: The State Dental Licensure Process, is available through the ADA online catalog. 

Online Courses

ADA Continuing Education Online, America's leading source of online continuing dental education, is a convenient way to learn at your own pace, anywhere, anytime. Access the ADA's library of online continuing education courses 24 hours a day at your convenience.

The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) also awards up to two credit hours a month through the JADA Online Continuing Education program. Four articles in each JADA issue include members-only online course content that can be completed for 0.5 credit hours each.

Be an ADA CERP Provider

Does your internationally based dental organization, company or agency offer continuing education (CE)? Are you interested in attracting U.S. and Canadian dentists and allied dental professionals traveling and living abroad to your CE programs? If so, then your organization may want to consider applying for recognition by the American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP). Dentists and allied dental professionals often seek CE courses from ADA CERP recognized providers to fulfill their CE requirements for re-licensure since most state and provincial licensing boards will generally accept CE credits issued by ADA CERP recognized providers. In 2003, the FDI World Dental Federation became the first internationally based CE provider to be granted ADA CERP recognition.

ADA CERP was inaugurated in order to establish standards to promote the continuous improvement of CDE and offer its members and the dental community a way to select CDE with confidence. Through an application and review process, the ADA CERP evaluates and recognizes institutions and organizations that offer a planned program of CDE. To be granted recognition, applicants must demonstrate eligibility to apply and compliance with the 15 standards of the program. The application and all supporting documentation must be submitted in English. Continued recognition is contingent on continued compliance and on re-application at the established intervals.

For more information about the ADA CERP recognition standards, eligibility requirements, application for ADA CERP recognition, and fees, and to review the current list of recognized providers, and other information about the ADA CERP, please call us or visit our web site.

Contact Information

American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program
Telephone: 312-440-2869

CODA Consultation and Accreditation Services

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) offers fee-based consultation and accreditation services to established international predoctoral dental education programs, upon request. Once an international dental education program meets the established criteria, consultation and accreditation services will be provided in accord with Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) policies and procedures.

Information from ASDA

the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) also provides tips and links to resources for getting licensed in the United States. Visit their website for more information.

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