Dentist

The practice of dentistry includes the ability to diagnose, treat, prescribe, or operate for any disease, pain, deformity, deficiency, injury, or physical condition of the teeth, jaws or adjacent structures.

In order for a dentist to administer any of the different levels of anesthesia the dentist is REQUIRED to have a permit.  A separate permit is needed for each location where the dentist will be administering anesthesia.

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Application Procedures/Requirements

Dentists can be licensed by either "examination" or "reciprocity". These terms are specific to this state, so please read the requirements below:

To qualify for licensure by examination you must:

  1. Graduate from an accredited school or college of Dentistry;
  2. Pass the licensure examination Part I and Part II given by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) with a score of 75 or above on each part of this examination;
  3. Pass an acceptable licensure practical examination.  The Nebraska Board of Dentistry has determined that the following examinations will be accepted* for Dentistry license applications completed between September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014 (a passing score for each examination is determined by the respective testing agency):
  • 2013-2014 Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) Dental Examination (passing score is 75)
  • 2013-2014 North East Regional Board (NERB) Dental Examination with either the NERB Patient-based Periodontal Examination or the CRDTS Patient-based Periodontal Examination (passing score is 75)
  • 2013-2014 Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA) Dental Examination (passing score is 75)
  • 2013-2014 Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) Dental Examination with CRDTS Prosthodontic Manikin Examination or the NERB Prosthodontic Manikin Examination (passing score is 75)
  • 2013-2014 Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA) Dental Examination with CRDTS Periodontal Examination (passing score is 75)
  • 2013-2014 American Dental Examination (ADEX) with a patient-based periodontal examination (passing score is 75) 

Note:   The Department will retain a list of acceptable licensing examinations for 5 years as an administrative reference for applicants who do not apply for licensure during the same year the examination is completed. 
*Acceptable examinations will be updated by September 1st of each calendar year.

  1. Pass a pdf iconjurisprudence examination that relates to the statutes that govern dentistry with an average score  of 75% or above;
  2. Have good moral character and have attained at least the age of majority (pdf iconNeb. Rev. Stat. § 43-2101. All persons under 19 years of age are declared to be minors, but in case any person marries under the age of 19 years, his/her minority ends); and

Application Procedures:

The applicant will need to submit to the Department the following:

  1. Completed pdf iconApplication; and pdf iconCriminal Background Check (now required for initial licensure)
  2. Official transcript from an accredited school or college of dentistry showing graduation from the school or college;
  3. Official documentation of the scores obtained on Parts I and II of the licensure examination given by JCNDE;
  4. Official documentation of the scores obtained on either the CRDTS, WREB, CITA or NERB examination; NOTE: NERB examinees must request that NERB send their scores directly to our Department.  All other regional exam scores are automatically sent to the Department.
  5. Completed pdf iconjurisprudence examination;
  6. Fee of $165, unless you are applying within the 6 months prior to the expiration date of the license, which is March 1,of odd years, then the fee is $41.25.
  7. Copy of a birth certificate, marriage license, driver’s license, or other valid verification of age.

The Department shall act within 150 days upon all completed applications for licensure.

To qualify for Licensure by Reciprocity:

An applicant who is licensed as a dentist in another jurisdiction may apply for licensure by reciprocity if the applicant meets the following requirements:

  1. Graduated from an accredited school or College of Dentistry;
  2. Passed the licensure examination Part I and Part II given by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) with a score of 75 or above on each part of this examination;
  3. Passed an examination requiring demonstration of the applicant's skill in clinical dentistry;
  4. Passed a pdf iconjurisprudence examination that relates to the statutes that govern dentistry with an average score of 75% or above;
  5. Have actively engaged in the practice of dentistry or in an accepted residency or graduate training program for at least 3 years in which one of those three years was within the least three years immediately preceding the date of application for licensure;
  6. Provided proof of 15 hours of continuing education that meets the criteria for approval by the Board during the 12 month period preceding the date of application for licensure;
  7. Attained at least the age of majority and have good moral character.

Application Procedures:

The applicant will need to submit to the Department the following:

  1. Completed pdf iconApplication; and pdf iconCriminal Background Check (now required for initial licensure)
  2. Official transcript from an accredited school or college of dentistry showing graduation from the school or college;
  3. Official documentation of the scores obtained on Parts I and II of the licensure examination given by JCNDE;
  4. Official documentation of the scores obtained on either the CRDTS, WREB, CITA or NERB examination; NOTE: NERB examinees must request that NERB send their scores directly to our Department.  All other regional exam scores are automatically sent to the Department.
  5. Completed pdf iconjurisprudence examination;
  6. Fee of $165, unless you are applying within the 6 months prior to the expiration date of the license, which is March 1,of odd years, then the fee is $41.25.
  7. Copy of a birth certificate, marriage license, driver’s license, or other valid verification of age.
  8. Documentation sent directly to the Department from the licensing agencies of all jurisdictions where the applicant is or has ever been licensed.
  9. Documentation of being actively engaged in practice of dentistry or in an accepted residency or graduate training program.
  10. Evidence of completion of 15 hours of acceptable continuing education with the preceding 12 month of the date of application.

The Department shall act within 150 days upon all completed applications for licensure.

Examination Requirements

The Nebraska Board of Dentistry has determined that the following examinations will be accepted* for Dentistry license applications completed between September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014 (A passing score for each examination is determined by the respective testing agency):

  • 2013-2014 Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) Dental Examination (passing score is 75)

  • 2013-2014 North East Regional Board (NERB) Dental Examination with either the NERB Patient-based Periodontal Examination or the CRDTS Patient-based Periodontal Examination (passing score is 75)

  • 2013-2014 Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA) Dental Examination (passing score is 75)

  • 2013-2014 Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) Dental Examination with CRDTS Prosthodontic Manikin Examination or the NERB Prosthodontic Manikin Examination (passing score is 75)

  • 2013-2014 Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA) Dental Examination with CRDTS Periodontal Examination (passing score is 75)

  • 2013-2014 American Dental Examination (ADEX) with a patient-based periodontal examination (passing score is 75)

Note:  The Department will retain a list of acceptable licensing examinations for 5 years as an administrative reference for applicants who do not apply for licensure during the same year the examination is completed.   *Acceptable examinations will be updated by September 1st of each calendar year.

CRDTS www.crdts.org

WREB www.wreb.org

CITA www.citaexam.com

NERB www.nerb.org

SRTA www.srta.org

The pdf iconJURISPRUDENCE Examination is an open book examination to be completed and returned along with the application for licensure.

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Fees

pdf icon Fee Schedule

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Applications

These forms may be completed online, however, they cannot be submitted via e-mail due to the fact that all applications and forms require original signatures. If you complete the form online, you must print the form and mail it to the address below.

pdf icon Application for License to Practice Dentistry 
pdf icon Application for Reinstatement of License to Practice Dentistry
pdf icon Criminal Background Check (now required for initial licensure)
pdf icon Name Change Form
pdf icon Inhalation Analgesia Permit Application
pdf icon General Anesthesia Permit Application
pdf icon Parenteral Sedation Permit Application
pdf icon Duplicates/Reissue Form
pdf icon Jurisprudence Examination Form

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Renewal Information

Dentist renewal: All initial licenses issued by the Department shall expire on March 1 of each odd-numbered year. There are three license status choices:

Active Status –means the licensee can engage in the practice of dentistry in the State of Nebraska.

Inactive status-means the licensee shall not engage in the practice of dentistry in the State of Nebraska. A license that is placed on inactive remains on that status until such time as the license is reinstated. In order to move a license from inactive to active status, an individual shall complete a reinstatement application, pay the renewal fee, which is in effect at the time he, or she wishes to reinstate the license and meet additional requirements as specified by regulation.

Any licensee who wishes to renew his or her license must:

  1. Meet continuing education requirements;
  2. Pay the renewal fee of $165.00; or
  3. Place the license on inactive status.

First Notice. At least 30 days before March 1 of each odd-numbered year, the Department shall send a renewal notice which includes an affidavit for continuing education and an application for waiver of continuing education to each licensee at the licensee's last place of residence as noted in the records of the Department. It is the responsibility of the licensee prior to the renewal period to notify the Department of any name and/or address changes.

The Department may refuse to renew a license for falsification of any information submitted for renewal of a license. Such refusal shall be made pursuant to pdf icon NAC §§ 38-144, 185 through 189, and 196; and  NAC §§ 38-144, 185 through 189, and 196; and NAC §§ 4-108 through 114; and pdf icon NAC §§ 4-108 through 114.

Audit of Continuing Education. The Board may biennially select, in a random manner, a sample of the license renewal applications for audit of continuing education credits. Each licensee shall be responsible for maintaining in his/her personal files such certificates or records of credit from acceptable continuing education activities. Licensees selected for audit shall be required to produce documentation of his/her attendance at those continuing education activities listed on his/her renewal application.

  1. The Department will send to each licensee selected for audit a notice of audit.
  2. When selected for audit, the licensee must provide satisfactory documentation of attendance at or participation in the acceptable continuing education activities listed on the licensee's sworn affidavit.
  3. Failure to comply with the audit may be grounds for non-renewal of the license.

Waiver of Continuing Education

The Department, on the recommendation of the Board, may waive the continuing education requirements, in whole or in part, for any two-year license or for the period of time when a licensee submits documentation that circumstances beyond his or her control prevented the completion of such requirements.

  1. Such circumstances shall include situations in which the licensee:
  1. Has been in the service of the regular armed forces of the United States during any part of the 24 months immediately preceding the license renewal date; or
  2. Has been first licensed within 24 months immediately preceding the renewal date.

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Continuing Competency

A dentist must complete 30 hours of acceptable continuing education during the 24-month period preceding the expiration date of their license.

Acceptable Continuing Competency Activities are listed in pdf icon 172 NAC 56 005 of the Regulations on Licensure of Dentists and Dental Hygienists.

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Name and Address Change

To request an address change, you can contact Office of Medical and Specialized Health at (402) 471-2118 or e-mail at dhhs.medicaloffice@nebraska.gov.   If you wish to change your name on your Licensure Unit record, you must mail a pdf iconwritten request with your signature notarized along with a copy of the legal document verifying name change to:

Licensure Unit
Office of Medical and Specialized Health
PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986

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Duplicates/Reissue

Duplicates: A duplicate large license or small license card may be requested at the time of initial licensure. A $10.00 fee, per document, is required.

Reissue: A large license and/or small license card may be reissued when the licensee requests: additional documents; replacement of original document(s) due to loss, mutilation or destruction; or replacement of document(s) due to a name change.

To request a reissued license, you must submit a pdf iconrequest for reissuance, and include a fee in the amount of $10.00 per document. Submit said request to:

Licensure Unit
Medical and Specialized Health
PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986

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Rules and Regulations/Statutes

pdficon.gif (153 bytes)Regulations Governing the Performance of Duties by Licensed Dental Hygienists and other Dental Auxiliaries - 172 NAC 53
pdficon.gif (153 bytes)Regulations Governing Professional Advertising by Dentists - 172 NAC 54
pdficon.gif (153 bytes)Regulations relating to Dental Office Maintenance - 172 NAC 55
pdficon.gif (153 bytes)Regulations Governing the Practice of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene - 172 NAC 56
pdficon.gif (153 bytes)Regulations Governing the Practice of Dental Hygienists approved to Administer Local Anesthesia  - 172 NAC 57
pdficon.gif (153 bytes)Statutes relating to Dentistry
pdficon.gif (153 bytes)Statutes relating to the Uniform Credentialing Act
pdficon.gif (153 bytes)Regulations relating to Mandatory Reporting
pdficon.gif (153 bytes)Mandatory Reporting Forms
pdficon.gif (153 bytes)Statutes relating to Medical Records

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Board Information

The Board of Dentistry advises the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health on all issues related to the regulation of Dentistry. Board member composition and length of terms follows:

Membership: 6 Dentists (2 must be faculty members of the 2 dental colleges)
2 Dental Hygienists
2 Public Members
Length of Term: 5 years, no more than 2 consecutive full 5-year terms
Professional Requirements: Been actively engaged in practice of his/her profession in the State of Nebraska, under a license issued in this state, for a period of 5 years just preceding his/her appointment
Public Member:
  1. Be a resident of this state who has attained the age of majority;
  2. Represent the interests and viewpoints of consumers; and
  3. Not be a present or former member of a credentialed profession, an employee of a member of a credentialed profession, or an immediate family or household member of any person presently regulated by such board.

The Board of Dentistry must meet at least 1 time per year - see Board Meeting Schedule for meeting dates and times. Meetings are open to the public, with the exception of investigational matters. Minutes of meeting are available here or by contacting Vonda Apking, (402) 471-2118 or by e-mail at vonda.apking@nebraska.gov

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Contact Us

Office Address:

Mailing Address Physical Address
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Public Health
Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14 th and M Streets
3 rd Floor
Lincoln, Nebraska

Phone: (402) 471-2115
Fax: (402) 471-3577

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (central time)
Monday through Friday

Phone: (402) 471-2118
e-mail: dhhs.medicaloffice@nebraska.gov

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Other Related Contacts

Nebraska Dental Association
7160 S. 29th St., Ste 1
Lincoln, NE 68510
Phone: (402) 476-1704 or (888) 789-2614
Fax: (402) 476-2641
e-mail: info@nedental.org 
Web Site: www.nedental.org

Central Regional Dental Testing Service, Inc.
1725 SW Gage Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66604-3333
Phone: (785) 273-0380
Fax: (785) 273-5015
e-mail: info@crdts.org
Web Site: www.crdts.org

Western Regional Examining Board
9201 North 25th Avenue, Suite 185
Phoenix, Arizona 85021
Phone: (602) 944-3315
Fax: (602) 371-8131
e-mail:  generalinfo@wreb.org
            dentalinfo@wreb.org
            hygieneinfo@wreb.org
Web Site: www.wreb.org

American Dental Association Foundation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 440-2547
Fax: (312) 440-3526
E-mail: adaf@ada.org
Web Site: www.ada.org

American Association of Dental Boards
211 E. Chicago Ave
Suite #760
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 440-7464
e-mail: info@denalboards.org
Web Site: www.dentalboards.org

Council of Interstate Testing Agencies
1003 High House Road, Ste. 101
Cary, NC 27513
Phone: (919) 460-7750
Fax: (919) 460-7715
e-mail: info@citaexam.com
Web Site: www.citaexam.com

North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners, Inc.
8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 900
Silver Spring, MD 2010-5604
Phone: (301) 563-3300
Fax:     (301) 563-3307
Web Site: www.nerb.org

National Board of Dental Examiners (ADA)
211 East Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
Phone: (312) 440-2500
Web Site: www.ada.org

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Brochures/Newsletters

pdf icon Chemical Dependency in Healthcare Professionals
pdf icon Dental Newsletter

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Certification/Verification

  Certification and Verification information can be obtained by checking the website at: www.dhhs.ne.gov/lis/lisindex.htm

OR

To request either a certification or verification or your license to be sent to another state licensing agency, send your request in writing along with the proper fee to the our office. Checks should be made payable to DHHS, Licensure Unit.

Certification

  1. Fee - $25.00
  2. Certification includes:
    1. Name
    2. Profession
    3. License number
    4. Issuance date
    5. Expiration date
    6. Whether the license was granted by examination, waiver, or reciprocity
    7. Examination information, if available
    8. Whether disciplinary action has been taken against the license. If so, the type(s) and date(s) of the action will be included.
    9. SEAL of the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

Verification

  1. Fee - $5.00
  2. Verification includes:
    1. Name
    2. Profession
    3. License Number
    4. Expiration Date
    5. Department Staff Signature

A verification does not include the SEAL of the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services nor information relating to discipline, school, or examination.

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Licensee Assistance Program

The Licensee Assistance Program (LAP) is an assessment, education, referral, case management, and monitoring service designed to help licensees, certificate holders, and registrants of the State of Nebraska work through substance abuse/addiction problems.

The LAP services are free. However, in some cases treatment from a community resource agency may be needed. If further assistance is needed, the LAP Coordinator will help refer the Licensee to the most appropriate agency. When a treatment referral is made, those expenses become the responsibility of the Licensee.

This program was authorized by pdf iconNeb. Rev. Stat. § 38-175 and is funded by licensing fees.

LAP telephone number: (800) 851-2336 or (402) 354-8055. You may also visit their website at www.lapne.org

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Complaints

How do I file a complaint? To file a complaint, see the Investigations Unit web site: www.dhhs.ne.gov/reg/investi.htm

To file a complaint, see the Investigations Unit web site:

What activities must be reported by a licensee, certificate holder, or registrant? Every credentialed person who has first-hand knowledge of unlicensed, illegal or unethical activities is required to report (includes self-reporting) within 30 days of the occurrence. Failure to report may result in discipline. To view additional information relating to mandatory reporting, click on the options below:

 

Every credentialed person who has first-hand knowledge of unlicensed, illegal or unethical activities is required to report (includes self-reporting) within 30 days of the occurrence. may result in discipline. To view additional information relating to mandatory reporting, click on the options below:

Mandatory Reporting shall not apply:

  • to the spouse of the person,
  • to a practitioner who is providing treatment to such person in a practitioner-patient relationship concerning information obtained or discovered in the course of treatment unless the treating practitioner determines that the condition of the person may be of a nature which constitutes a danger to the public health and safety by the person's continued practice, or
  • when a credentialed person who is chemically impaired enters the Licensee Assistance Program authorized by pdf iconNeb. Rev. Stat. § 38-175 except as provided in such section.

How is a complaint reviewed, and what is the disciplinary process? The following provides information relating to the complaint, investigative, and disciplinary process.

The following provides information relating to the complaint, investigative, and disciplinary process.

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