S.C. Code Regs. 39-1 - License to Practice Dentistry

A. The South Carolina Board of Dentistry has no reciprocal licensure arrangement with any other jurisdiction.
B. No applicant shall be examined by the Board to practice dentistry in this state unless the applicant shall;
(1) Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
(2) Present such evidence of good moral character as is required by the Board.
(3) Present to the Board satisfactory evidence of graduation from a dental college approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Dental and Dental Auxiliary Educational Programs of the American Dental Association. The Board may, in its discretion, accept as such satisfactory evidence of graduation any of the following:
(a) A notarized copy of the applicant's diploma or other certificate of graduation from an approved dental college.
(b) A sworn statement from the Dean of the dental college stating that the applicant has graduated from such dental college.
(4) Complete the application to practice dentistry in South Carolina on the form furnished by the Board at least forty-five (45) days prior to the date of the examination. In making the application the applicant authorizes the Board to verify the information contained in the application or to seek such further information pertinent to the applicant's qualification or character as the Board may deem proper.
(5) Pay to the Board a fee as prescribed by the Board at the same time the application is received by the Board.
C. The Board shall require each applicant to successfully complete an examination before such applicant is licensed. The examination may be given either orally, or in writing, or by requiring a practical demonstration of the applicant's skill, or by any combination of such methods as the Board may in its discretion require. Each applicant shall furnish their own patient on the exam. The selection of this patient as well as the final treatment for this patient shall be considered in the final grade.
D. The Board may automatically disqualify any person who may be detected using or attempting to use any unfair assistance during the exam.
E. Dentists licensed in any state or territory of the United States may be issued a license to practice dentistry in this State if the applicant complies with the provisions of Regulation Regulation Regulation 39-1(B) and Section40-15-275 and pays a fee for licensure by credentials. The Board may waive a portion of the fee upon agreement with an applicant to practice exclusively in a rural county for not less than two consecutive years.
F. The Board may charge fees as shown in South Carolina Code of Regulations Chapter 10-12 and on the South Carolina Board of Dentistry website at http://llr.sc.gov/POL/Dentistry.


S.C. Code Regs. 39-1
Amended by State Register Volume 39, Issue No. 04, eff. 4/24/2015.

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