The structure of the dental medicine program is divided into a preclinical and a clinical study section, each lasting at least five semesters. In addition, there is a so-called examination semester for the state examination. This structure is defined nationwide by the dental licensing regulations. In total, the standard period of study in dentistry is five and a half years throughout Germany.
The dental licensing regulations also stipulate that three state examinations must be taken during the course of dental studies. The examinations in the individual subjects are usually held in groups of up to four and are usually oral or oral-practical.
If you have completed both sections of the study program and successfully passed all three examinations, you have acquired the "tools" to practice dentistry and can start directly in the profession after receiving your license to practice.