Dental students and residents face many unique challenges.  The education you undertake is a difficult but rewarding endeavor, and the New York State Dental Association is committed to our state’s dental students and residents. Taking advantage of NYSDA programming at this vital time is an investment you will be glad you made.

We’ll be there to help you get started after all of your hard work in school. Become a member and let us help you navigate past dental school and into practice.

Educational Requirements

To meet the education requirements for licensure, you must provide the State Education Department Office of the Professions evidence of completion of:

  1. Not less than 60 semester hours of pre-professional education, including courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology or zoology, and physics; and
  2. A program of professional education consisting of either:
  • At least four academic years, or the equivalent thereof, in a program registered by the Department as licensure qualifying or accredited by an accrediting organization acceptable to the Department (see below for information about accredited dental programs); or 
  • At least four academic years of dental education satisfactory to the Department, culminating in a degree, diploma or certificate in dentistry recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the country in which the school is located, as acceptable for entry into practice in the country in which the school is located.

As of January 1, 2007, all applicants for initial licensure must complete an approved clinically-based dental residency program of at least one year's duration. A clinical (practical) examination such as NERB will not be accepted for initial licensure after December 31, 2006.