All persons intending to apply for licensure as a dentist in
Tennessee must successfully complete the examinations provided by this rule,
except for educational limited licensure applicants and dual degree licensure
applicants who need not complete any licensure examinations other than the
Tennessee Board of Dentistry Ethics and Jurisprudence examination; limited
licensure applicants who must successfully complete only the National Board
examination and Board of Dentistry Ethics and Jurisprudence examination;
criteria (reciprocity) applicants who are qualifying pursuant to Rule
0460-02-.01(3)(d), (e), or (f) and need not complete any licensure examinations
other than the Tennessee Board of Dentistry Ethics and Jurisprudence
examination; and criteria (reciprocity) applicants who are qualifying pursuant
to Rule 0460-02-.01(3)(g), (h), or (i) and must successfully complete only the
Board of Dentistry Ethics and Jurisprudence examination and a regional testing
agency examination or examination given by another state as provided in T.C.A. 63-5-110(b)(6)(D) or (E). Completion of the required examinations is a
prerequisite for application for licensure. Certification of successful
completion must be submitted as part of the application process.
The Board adopts as its licensure
examination and requires, with the previously noted exceptions, successful
completion of all of the following examination components as a prerequisite for
(a) An examination must include a
prosthetic component, a periodontal component, an endodontic component, and a
live human patient or non-patient based anterior and posterior restorative
(b) The National Board
if the applicant graduated from a dental college, school or university after
(c) The Tennessee Board of
Dentistry Ethics and Jurisprudence examination.
Admission to, application for and the
fees required to sit for the regional examinations and the National Board
examinations are governed by and must be submitted to the testing agency.
Admission to, application for and the fees required to sit for any other
Board-approved examination must be submitted to the Board as provided in Rule
, or at the Board's option, its designated exam
(3) Passing scores
on the regional and National Board examinations are determined by the testing
agency. Such passing scores as certified to the Board are adopted by the Board
as constituting successful completion of those examinations. Passing scores for
any other Board-approved examination are determined by the Board.
(4) Applicants must supply or furnish their
own patients, instruments and materials as required by the testing agency, the
Board, or the Board's designated exam administrator.
(5) Applicant's who fail to successfully
complete any of the examinations may apply for reexamination.
Oral examination may be required pursuant
to Rule 0460-01-.04
(7) The Board
adopts as its own, the determination made by the regional testing agencies and
the National Boards of the length of time that a passing score on their
respective examinations will be effective for purposes of measuring competency
and fitness for dental licensure; however, an applicant's test scores from any
Board-approved examination as provided in subparagraph (1)(a) which were taken
over five (5) years before application was made for licensure in Tennessee will
be considered by the Board on a case by case basis after the applicant appears
before the Board for an examination.
(8) Applicants for licensure who have failed
three (3) times the National Board or any Board-approved examination as
provided in subparagraph (1)(a) must successfully complete a remedial course of
post-graduate studies at a school accredited by the American Dental Association
before consideration for licensure by the Board. The applicant shall cause the
program director of the post-graduate program to provide written documentation
of the content of such course and certify successful completion.
If an applicant has successfully
completed a clinical board examination administered by another state and is
applying for licensure pursuant to Rule 0460-02-.01(3)(g), (h), or (i)
, it is
that applicant's responsibility to submit documentation substantiating the
appropriateness of such examination. The Board shall make the final decision to
accept or reject such examination.
Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0460-02-.05
Original rule filed December 11, 1991; effective January 25, 1992.
Amendment filed March 20, 1996; effective June 3, 1996. Amendment filed May 15,
1996; effective September 27, 1996. Amendment filed August 28, 2001; effective
November 11, 2001. Amendment filed April 10, 2002; effective June 24, 2002.
Amendment filed August 18, 2003; effective November 1, 2003. Amendment filed
October 20, 2003; effective January 3, 2004. Amendment filed April 5, 2006;
effective June 19, 2006. Amendments filed October 25, 2017; effective January
23, 2018. Amendments filed May 14, 2019; effective August 12, 2019. Amendments
filed December 7, 2021; effective 3/7/2022.
Authority: T.C.A. §§ 4-5-202, 4-5-204,
63-5-105, 63-5-107, 63-5-110, 63-5-111, 63-5-114, and 63-5-124.