Learn more about the Doctor of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing Program for Internationally Trained Dentists.

About the Program

The Kornberg School of Dentistry offers a postgraduate opportunity for dentists who hold a DDS, DMD or BDS degree from an international dental school not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). This comprehensive program includes both clinical and didactic training.

Residents in this one-year program have the flexibility to pursue an optional second year of Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) training and/or to earn an optional Oral Health Sciences MS degree. Those interested in the optional MS degree must apply to both the first-year AEGD and MS programs concurrently. If accepted to both programs, the tuition for the MS degree program is included in the AEGD tuition. Learn more about how to apply to the AEGD program for international applicants.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location: Health Sciences Center

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: Full-time study is required.

Job Prospects: Graduates of the program are employed in a variety of diverse general dentistry settings.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Coursework may not be taken on a non-matriculated basis.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Summer: July 15 to start in June of the following year

APPLY ONLINE to this professional program.

Applicants for the Dentistry DMD must utilize the Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID), which is a centralized application service sponsored by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) for internationally educated dental graduates who wish to practice dentistry in the United States or Canada. The ADEA CAAPID® application must be completed.

Additional information regarding the application process is found on the DMD Program page.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation must have been written within one year of the date of application. One letter must be written by the dean of the dental college attended, and one letter must be provided by a science professor or dental professional. These letters must be submitted to ADEA CAAPID.

Degree Required for Admission Consideration: Applicants must have earned a dental degree from a dental school outside of the United States and Canada.

Standardized Test Scores:
NBDE/INBDE: Required. All applicants must have passed the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I and Part II or Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) to be considered for admission into the Advanced Standing Program or Attrition Based DMD Program. An official or notarized copy of NBDE or INBDE scores will be requested by the Kornberg School of Dentistry if the applicant is invited for an interview.

TOEFL iBT: 100 minimum required. All applicants must be proficient in the English language to be admitted to the Advanced Standing Program and to its companion program, the Attrition Based DMD Program for those waitlisted for the Advanced Standing Program. An official or notarized copy of TOEFL scores will be requested by the Kornberg School of Dentistry if the applicant is invited to interview. TOEFL scores must be no more than two years old.

Transcripts and Credential Evaluation: A detailed credential evaluation report prepared by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) must be submitted. Application eligibility requires a degree from an international dental school degree showing completion of a minimum of 120 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Kornberg School of Dentistry only accepts ECE evaluations, which include a dental school course-by-course analysis, sent to ADEA CAAPID. For more information, contact https://www.ece.org/.

Interview with Skills Assessment: Following initial review and evaluation of the applicant's credentials and other documents, select applicants are invited to visit the Kornberg School of Dentistry for a formal interview. The visit includes a skills assessment, which is performed by faculty who evaluate the applicant's pre-clinical and clinical skills. A fee applies.

Acceptance: Advanced Standing applicants who are offered admission to the Kornberg School of Dentistry enter into the second or third year of dental school. Internationally trained dental students are held to the same standards as domestic students who enroll in the DMD program.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required: 125

Required Courses:

DENT D251Dental Materials I & II2
DENT D420Intro Clinical Dentistry2
DENT D505Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) and Oral Medicine1
DENT D506Oral Pathology II3
DENT D510Basic Interdisciplinary Implant2
DENT D552Endodontology1
DENT D553Restorative Dentistry V2
DENT D567Oral Radiology1
DENT D568Oral Surgery1
DENT D573Periodontal Therapy and Treatment Planning1
DENT D591Jr. Practice of Dentistry7
DENT D600Senior Summer Clinic12
DENT D608Radiology1
DENT D610Adv Interdis Implant1
DENT D611Practice Management II1
DENT D637Practice Management I1
DENT D644Dentistry for Patients with Special Needs1
DENT D660Behavioral Science II1
DENT D662Restorative Dentistry VI1
DENT D666Pediatric Dentistry1
DENT D668Oral Surgery1
DENT D671Ortho Consideration in General Dental Practice1
DENT D674Admissions Clinic I1
DENT D675Emergency/Oral Surg. Cl.2
DENT D676Radiology Clinic I1
DENT D691Orthodontics-Clinic1
DENT D692Endodontology-Clinic2
DENT D693Periodontology Clinic2
DENT D696Pediatric Dent-Clinic2
DENT D697Restor Dent Clinic Jr6
DENT D700Summer Clinic II6
DENT D790Sr. Pract of Dentistry12
DENT D801Science in Dental Practice II2
DENT D808Comprehensive Care1
DENT D809Practice Management III1
DENT D810DPH III: Community Health Engagement2
DENT D874Admissions Clinic II1
DENT D875Emergency/Oral Surg. Cl.3
DENT D876Radiology Clinic II2
DENT D892Endodontology-Clinic3
DENT D893Periodontology-Clinic3
DENT D896Pediatric Dent-Clinic3
DENT D983Dental Public Health Science2
DENT D985Oral Maxillofacial Pathology Medicine Surgery2
DENT D986Pre-Clinic Orthodontics1
DENT D897Restor Dent Clinic Sr12
DENT D988Pediatric Dentistry3
DENT D993Operative Dentistry Clinic1
DENT D994Fixed Prosthodontics I1
DENT D996Removable Prosthod I1
DENT D998Endodontics I1
Total Credit Hours125


Submission Address for Application Materials:


Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID) Contacts:



Department Contacts:


Kornberg School of Dentistry Office of Admissions

3223 N. Broad Street (600-00), Philadelphia, PA 19140