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Board exams, do they vary state to state?

Discussion in 'Dental' started by Predental4657, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Predental4657


    Mar 27, 2017

    I was wondering if you go to dental school in, say, Arizona, can you practice in California once you graduate? Do you have to take different boards in every state or do some states overlap? Please let me know, thank you!
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  3. cooliyak

    cooliyak Established Member Dentist 5+ Year Member

    Dec 9, 2012
    They are no longer state by state exams (although they are accepted state by state) and are now regional licensing exams... so lots of overlap (up to 45+ state overlap). The state where you go to school has nothing to do with which exam you take, except for maybe a higher likelihood of a western state school offering the Western Regional Examination Board exam for example. Best place to start considering this is looking at this chart: and Careers/Files/Pathways_Accepted_by_State.pdf?la=en
    Once you know which exams are accepted in the state that you want to practice in, then you can start asking schools which exams are offered at the school itself (depending on where you are in the application process or if you are already attending). If the exam you need isn’t offered, you can make arrangements to take it at a different school, but that also means transporting patients/an assistant and paying for room and board.
    Written boards are national and are on their way to becoming only one exam, so you don’t need to worry about that one too much other than studying for it when the time comes.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2018
  4. Predental4657


    Mar 27, 2017
    Ok thank you for all the helpful info! This makes things much clearer.

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