A Complete Guide to Becoming a Dentist in the Czech Republic for International Students
The Czech Republic is one of the most popular countries for medical education. Thousands of students enroll in top medical universities each year to become dentists.
But the path to earning a dentistry degree differs from other countries. It can be confusing for international students who are unfamiliar with the process of becoming a dentist in Czechia.
So read our step-by-step guide to understanding what you need to do to kickstart your dentistry career.
Steps to Becoming a Dentist in the Czech Republic
The title of qualification awarded in the Czech Republic is MDDr. MDDr stands for Medicinae Dentium Doctor (Doctor of Dental Medicine).
MDDr is a graduate-level degree with a direct entry. Graduates will be considered to have completed their master’s with this program. But unlike most master’s programs, MDDr does not require a bachelor’s degree.
Step 1: Check eligibility and requirements
The basic eligibility for MDDr is the completion of high school. Students can apply to dentistry programs in the Czech Republic once they finish their high school education.
Admissions to English-taught dental studies degrees are based on some tests. Most top universities in the Czech Republic need students to take an entrance exam.
The entrance exam tests the students in
- General Biology
- Clinical Biology
The entrance exam forms only one part of the admission test. Students also need to participate in interviews. These interviews may be styled as ‘Multiple Mini Interviews’ and assess the candidates’ knowledge and motivation to study.
Acceptance into Czech medical universities is highly competitive. For this reason, universities provide foundation programs to aspiring students to prepare them for entrance exams.
These programs are usually five to eight months long. Students train in specialized subjects, alongside the Czech language, up to basic-level fluency. Enrolling in premedical courses increases the rate of acceptance into medical universities.
Step 2: Enroll in a graduate program
As mentioned earlier, Czech programs in dentistry are at the master’s level. These programs are available in the English language. Students are not expected to have advanced-level proficiency in Czech during their studies.
Some of the best universities for studying dentistry in the Czech Republic are
Step 3: Earn a dentistry degree
MDDr is a five-year program focusing on theoretical and clinical aspects of dentistry. Education in dentistry prepares students for independent practice. Dentistry programs are rigorous. Most universities start practical training in the fourth semester.
After the 6th and 8th semesters, students undergo a few weeks of professional practice.
Please note that some universities may have a different curriculum format.
The dentistry studies are completed with a State examination. The exam includes practice and theory. Students are tested in the following disciplines:
- Conservative Dentistry
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Prosthetic Dentistry and Orthodontics
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Step 4: Register with Czech Dental Chamber
All dentists in the Czech Republic must register with the Czech Dental Chamber (CSK) and the Ministry of Health. The Czech Dental Chamber was established in 1991. It is a member of the FDI World Dental Federation.
The CSK is a self-governing professional body. It lays down the regulations and code of conduct to manage and protect dentists.
The chamber records all dentists with their qualifications and professional practice data.
Step 5: Work as a dentist
Before a dentist is licensed to practice independently, they must undergo vocational training. Vocational training lasts about three years from qualification.
The following are the general criteria for practicing dentistry in the Czech Republic.
- A valid university diploma recognized by the Ministry of Health
- Fluency in the Czech language
- Long-term or permanent residency permit
- Authorization by the Ministry of Health
- Registration with the Czech Dental Chamber
Dentists can set up their private practice or work as salaried employees. As salaried employees, dentists may choose to work in hospitals or universities.
Salaries of dentists in the Czech Republic
The national average salary of dentists is CZK 1,425,567 or USD 60,051*.
The salaries for dentists in two of the biggest cities in the Czech Republic are
|City||Annual Salary in CZK||Annual Salary in USD*|
|Prague||CZK 1,966,080||$ 82,820|
|Brno||CZK 1,662,580||$ 70,035|
* Note: Salaries in CZK are translated to USD at 1 CZK = 0.042 USD. Current exchange rates are subject to change.
Step 6: Continue Education
The Czech Dental Chamber requires dentists to continue learning. For this purpose, the chamber has introduced certifications of proficiency.
These certificates are of the following types:
- Dentist Practitioner with Certificate of Proficiency
- Dentist Practitioner with a Certificate of Proficiency in
- Dentist Practitioner with a Certificate of Proficiency in Oral
- Dentist Practitioner with a Certificate of Proficiency in
- Paediatric dentistry
- Dentist holding a Certificate of Proficiency in Orthodontics
These certifications have a validity of three to five years. Dentists can renew them after expiry.
Can foreign medical graduates work as dentists in the Czech Republic?
Yes. Physicians, pharmacists, and dentists who completed their education outside the EU must take the approbation exam if they wish to practice in the Czech Republic.
The approbation exam requires candidates to be fluent in Czech.
The process of taking the exam begins with an application to the Ministry of Health.
Following the application, candidates have to complete these steps.
- Receive written exam invitation
- Take the written examination
- Obtain an internship permit from the Ministry of Health
- Complete the internship (practical part of the exam) in six months
- Send confirmation on the completion of the practical part
- Apply for oral examination
- Receive a certificate of practical part completion from the Ministry of Health
- Receive oral exam invitation
- Take the oral examination
- Await the Ministry of Health’s decision for professional practice
Once the candidates receive clearance from the Ministry of Health, they are free to practice or study medicine in any EU state.