Application Questions and Answers
Requirements for Internationally Trained Dentists to Practice in the United States
Q. How do I become licensed to practice dentistry in the United States?
A. Licensure laws vary between states. Information on practicing throughout the U.S.A. may be found at the American Dental Association web site.
Q. How do I become licensed to practice dentistry In New York State?
A. International students may be eligible to apply for licensure by completing the two-year General Dentistry program.
The New York State Education Department recognizes Eastman Dental's General Dentistry program as an equivalent to a U.S. degree.
Education from your foreign dental school will be evaluated by the New York State Education Department. Extra credit courses may be required. A green card (permanent residency) is required. Students without a green card can get a limited license to work in an underserved population for 3 years.
More information regarding New York State licensing requirements may be found on their web site.
Admission for Internationally Trained Dentists
Q. Are the programs open to international students?
A. The AEGD, Orthodontics, TMJD, Prosthodontics and Periodontics programs are open to internationally-trained dentists.
Q. Do I need a VISA ?
A. Upon acceptance, you will be instructed to complete a SEVIS New Admissions Data form. This will begin the process with the UR International Services Office (ISO) for applying for F-1 Visa status.
Q. Are GRE or TOEFL scores required for admission?
A. GRE scores are not required. TOEFL scores are required for international students who are accepted and applying for a Visa.
Q. As an international applicant do I need to sit for my national boards in order to apply for a post-doctoral program?
Miscellaneous Admission Questions
Q. What academic requirements are there for the M.S., M.P.H. and Ph.D. programs?
A. For MPH program requirements, contact Sheila_McCart. For the M.S. and Ph.D. programs, contact Dr. Robert Quivey (585) 275-0382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What are the academic requirements for acceptance into the residency programs?
A. Applicants must have a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree.
Q. Am I required to take a NERB?
Q. What licensure or permits are required to apply to your programs?
A. None are required to apply. However, upon acceptance, U.S. and Canadian dentists must apply for a license or limited permit from the New York State Education Department.
How to Apply
Q. How do I apply for the M.S., M.P.H. and Ph.D. programs?
A. Contact the University of Rochester.
Q. I have completed and submitted my application. Can you tell me the status?
A. Phone Marilyn Foy at (585) 275-8315 to find out whether your application is complete.
Q. What are the admission dates and application deadlines for the programs?
A.GPR, Pediatric Dentistry, TMJD and OMFS programs: October 15 of the year preceding the start of the program.
AEGD, Orthodontics and Prosthodontics programs: September 1 of the year preceding start of the program.
Periodontics program: August 1 of the year preceding the start of the program.
Q. When are candidates for residencies selected?
A. AEGD, GPR, OMFS and Pediatric Dentistry programs participate in the National Matching Services. Matches are submitted around mid-January and results are announced at the end of January. The Orthodontics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics programs select their candidates by October or November.
Tuition and Fees
Q. Are there tuition or fees for any of the programs?
A. Tuition for internationally-trained dentists is required for the orthodontic, periodontic, and prosthodontic programs.
Q. Are there opportunities for financial aid?
A. Contact the UR Financial Aid Office, or call (585) 275-4523 for details.
Q. Do you offer any internships?
A. Externships through the University of Rochester are available for fourth year U.S. dental school students.