Academic and Clinical Credentialing

Clinical Credentialing

All faculty who supervise students or residents in a clinical setting or teach dental medicine in a didactic setting are required to hold a valid dental license within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This may be a regular full dental license or take the form of a Limited License (location specific) through the MA Board of Registration in Dentistry (BORID). If you require a Limited License, we will work with you to file an application with BORID to ensure that you are licensed prior to commencing employment.

In addition to licensure, all dentists on the faculty must submit evidence of CPR/Basic Life Support certification granted by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association or an approved Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery organization. Recertification of BLS is offered periodically through the School at no charge to the faculty member.


Boston University and the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine maintain strict adherence to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) law. All new employees must participate in HIPAA training and certification during the onboarding process, and renew their certification annually. This certification is required before employees will be provided with access to the SALUD clinical patient information system or other confidential patient clinical or financial data.

Infection Control, Fire Safety, & Management of Medical Emergencies Training

All new employees must undergo Infection Control, Fire Safety & Management of Medical Emergencies Training and certification during the onboarding process, and must renew their certification annually in these areas.

DEA Number and Insurance Credentialing

All clinical faculty members will be provided with access to SALUD, the School’s clinical patient information system. When a faculty member has produced evidence of licensure and CPR/BLS certification, the Office of Quality Assurance will issue them a provider-unique facility DEA number.

Because the School now accepts various types of insurance, we must register clinical providers with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Delta Dental of Massachusetts.


Department Specific Onboarding

Your department administrator will communicate any specific department policies and procedures. Clinical faculty will also be provided with information about how to order scrub sets, name tags and business cards.

Academic Credentialing

New faculty members receive a conditional employment letter which states the faculty academic rank for which they will be proposed. It is important to note that this rank is only official when it has been formally approved by the GSDM Faculty Appointments & Promotions Committee, the GSDM Executive Committee, the Dean of the School, and the Medical Campus Provost or University President (Associate Professor and Professor ranks only, unmodified). Consequently, upon hire, all faculty are temporarily listed in the University’s employment system with the title “Clinical Associate” or “Research Associate” depending on their role. Unless individuals already hold an academic rank at Boston University or receive their academic appointment prior to commencing their employment at BU, there is no exception to this policy.

As with any major university, academic credentialing is based on an employee’s education, experience and expected level of responsibility. Faculty rank criteria are outlined in the Boston University Faculty Handbook and also described in additional detail in the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School document FACULTY EXPECTATIONS STANDARDS & CRITERIA FOR PROMOTION (Guidelines for Faculty Appointment and Promotion). These criteria are used by the GSDM Faculty Appointments & Promotions Committee when evaluating an individual’s application for appointment to the faculty.

The application for faculty appointment will be submitted by the employee’s department Chair. The paperwork is relatively straightforward. Candidates should supply their Chair with an updated electronic copy of their CV (preferably in Adobe Acrobat format) and the names of professional references whom the Chair may contact for letters of support. In general, letters should not come from members of the School’s Faculty Appointments & Promotions Committee, and should be provided by individuals who hold the same rank, or higher, for which the employee is being proposed. The number of letters required for each rank is as follows, with clinical track appointments not requiring letters from individuals outside of BU (although letters from external evaluators are highly recommended and welcomed).

Proposed Rank # of Total Letters Minimum from non-BU Faculty
Instructor 3
Assistant Professor 3
Associate Professor (Clinical) 6 3 (0)
Professor (Clinical) 6 4 (0)


Only when an individual’s rank is formally approved will their rank be appropriately updated for display in Boston University master systems.

Medical Campus Faculty Contracts

There is no faculty tenure on the Boston University Medical Campus. On the Medical Campus, full-time faculty appointments are governed by the Policy on Appointment and Continuance of Appointments for Full-Time Faculty on the Medical Campus as outlined in the Boston University Faculty Handbook.

This policy only applies to full-time employees in the standard professorial ranks. It does not cover the employment of instructors, part-time faculty, adjunct faculty, or volunteer faculty. For these cohorts, faculty are appointed for a maximum terms of 12 months. Part-time and volunteer faculty appointments are reviewed annually and may be renewed only at the recommendation of the Department Chair.

Research Faculty

Research track appointments are for the stated term of the appointment with no guarantee or expectation of renewal as per the Boston University Faculty Handbook.