The Board may issue a license to practice dentistry in
Tennessee to persons who hold both dental and medical degrees and meet the
qualifications contained in this rule. The process for obtaining a license by
this method is as follows:
applicant shall obtain an application form from the Board Administrative
Office, respond truthfully and completely to every question or request for
information contained in the form and submit it along with all documentation
and fees required by the form or this rule to the Board Administrative Office.
It is the intent of this rule that all activities necessary to accomplish the
filing of the required documentation be completed prior to filing a licensure
application and that all documentation be filed simultaneously.
(2) An applicant shall request that a
transcript from a dental school, college or university be sent directly from
the institution to the Board Administrative Office. The transcript must show
that either a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree was conferred and carry the official seal
of the institution.
applicant shall submit a signed and notarized passport photograph taken within
the preceding twelve (12) months.
(4) An applicant must submit evidence of good
moral character and competence. Such evidence shall include at least two (2)
letters attesting to the applicant's character and ability from licensed
dentists or physicians on the signator's letterhead.
(5) An applicant shall submit proof of United
States or Canada citizenship or evidence of being legally entitled to live in
the United States. Such evidence may include notarized copies of birth
certificates, naturalization papers, or current visa status.
An applicant shall submit the licensure
application fee and state regulatory fees as provided in rule
If the applicant has ever taken any
Board-approved examination as provided in rule
, an application will not be approved
unless and/or until a certification is submitted which indicates that the
applicant achieved passing scores on all parts of the examination.
(8) An applicant shall indicate whether the
applicant is physically capable of performing the procedures included in the
practice of dentistry and if not, make explanation.
(9) An applicant shall submit evidence of
current training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which is defined as
successful completion of a BLS for Healthcare Providers, or CPR/AED for
Professional Rescuers, or an equivalent course, which provides training for
healthcare professionals in CPR and the use of an AED by a Board approved
training organization. The course must be conducted in person and include a
skills examination on a manikin with a certified instructor.
An applicant shall disclose the
circumstances surrounding any of the following:
(a) Conviction of any criminal law violation
of a country, state or municipality, except minor traffic violations.
(b) The denial of licensure application by
any other state or the disciplinary of licensure in any state.
(c) Loss or restriction of hospital
(d) Any other civil
suit judgment or civil suit settlement in which the applicant was a party
defendant including, without limitation, actions involving malpractice, breach
of contract, antitrust activity or any other civil action remedy recognized
under any county's or state's statutory, common, or case law.
(e) Failure of any dental and/or medical
(11) An applicant shall cause to be submitted
to the Board's administrative office directly from the vendor identified in the
Board's licensure application materials, the result of a criminal background
(12) An applicant shall
submit or cause to be submitted the equivalent of a Tennessee Certificate of
Endorsement from the licensing board(s) of every state or U.S. territory in
which the applicant has ever been licensed as a dentist and/or physician which
indicates the applicant either holds a current active license(s) and whether it
is in good standing, or held a license(s) which is currently inactive and
whether it was in good standing at the time it became inactive. An applicant
must possess an active dental license which is in good standing in at least one
(1) other state or U.S. territory.
An applicant shall cause to be submitted
a certification which indicates that a graduate training program in a specialty
branch of dentistry listed in T.C.A. §
applicant must apply for a specialty certification and successfully complete
all requirements for that specialty certification as provided in rule
for licensure shall be granted.
(15) An applicant shall submit a copy of an
active, current license to practice medicine in Tennessee.
(16) An applicant shall successfully complete
the Tennessee Board of Dentistry Ethics and Jurisprudence
review and licensure decisions required by this rule shall be governed by rule
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs.
certified June 7, 1974. Repeal and new rule filed August 26, 1980; effective
December 1, 1980. Amendment filed October 13, 1983; effective November 14,
1983. Amendment filed September 24, 1987; effective November 8, 1987. Amendment
filed June 8, 1989; effective July 23, 1989. Amendment filed April 30, 1991;
effective June 14, 1991. Repeal and new rule filed December 11, 1991; effective
January 25, 1992. Amendment filed May 15, 1996; effective September 27, 1996.
Amendment filed August 18, 2003; effective November 1, 2003. Amendment filed
March 17, 2006; effective May 31, 2006. Amendment filed September 30, 2014;
effective December 29, 2014. Amendments filed October 25, 2017; effective
Authority: T.C.A. §§
4-5-204, 63-5-105, 63-5-107,
63-5-110, 63-5-111, and 63-5-124.