Dentist

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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, 2015 through August 31, 2016 (a passing score for each examination is determined by the respective testing agency):
  • 2015-2016 Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) Dental Examination (passing score is 75)
  • 2015-2016 Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) Dental Examination with either the CDCA Patient-based Periodontal Examination or the CRDTS Patient-based Periodontal Examination (passing score is 75)
  • 2015-2016 Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA) Dental Examination (passing score is 75)
  • 2015-2016 Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) Dental Examination with CRDTS Prosthodontic Manikin Examination or the CDCA Prosthodontic Manikin Examination (passing score is 75)
  • 2015-2016 Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA) Dental Examination with CRDTS Periodontal Examination (passing score is 75)
  • 2015-2016 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 icon jurisprudence 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 icon Neb. 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)

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

Application Procedures - Licensure by Examination:

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

  1. Completed pdf icon Application; and pdf icon Criminal 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 icon jurisprudence 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 icon jurisprudence 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 - Licensure by Reciprocity:

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

  1. Completed pdf icon Application; and pdf icon Criminal 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 icon jurisprudence 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.

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Applications

NEW - Implementation of LB80 - Minimal Sedation

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 Duplicates/Reissue Form
pdf icon Jurisprudence Examination Form

pdf icon General Anesthesia or Deep Sedation Permit App  NEW - Effective July 1, 2016
pdf icon Minimal Sedation Permit Application NEW - Effective July 1, 2016
pdf icon Moderate Sedation Permit Application  NEW - Effective July 1, 2016

Fees

pdf icon Fee Schedule

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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 two license status choices:

Active Statusmeans 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.

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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 icon written 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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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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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
14th and M Streets
1st  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@dentalboards.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

Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) 
1304 Concourse Drive, Ste 100
Linthicum, MD 21090
Phone: (301) 563-3300
Fax:     (301) 563-3307
Web Site: www.cdcexams.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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