Advanced D.M.D. Program for Foreign Trained Dentists

The Kornberg School of Dentistry accepts students throughout the world.

The Advanced D.M.D. Program is a three-year educational program, leading to a D.M.D. degree, designed for graduates of foreign dental schools who want to practice dentistry in the United States. Most states require a degree from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association before granting licensure. Successful completion of the program allows foreign-trained dentists to take licensing exams in any state.

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry participates in the Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID). Applications sent directly to the dental school will not be accepted. The CAAPID website may be accessed at

Selection Factors

Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum Science Grade Point Average of 3.3 and 120 credit hours; including courses in Biochemistry, Histology, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Neuroanatomy, and Pathology.  Applicants with exceptional academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to the profession will be considered for a personal interview. Dental related work experience or exposure to the dental profession in the United States is an important consideration for an interview.

An important factor in the selection process is the applicant's demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients in the clinical setting and to learn successfully within the academic environment. Successful candidates will demonstrate both strong written and verbal skills. TOEFL scores above 100 are required.

Special Features of Advanced D.M.D. Program

The program starts with a 16-week preparatory program from June through August in which students review the skills and dental information taught in the first year of the dental curriculum.  This program enables Advanced D.M.D students to make a smooth transition into the fall semester.

Admission Requirements

  • The completion of a dental degree from a recognized international dental school.
  • National Dental Board Part I. For questions about this exam, please contact National Boards at (800) 232-1694.
  • An official copy of a Course-By-Course Evaluation conducted by ECE (Educational Credential Creditors) only. WES evaluations will not be considered. The Course-By-Course ECE evaluation report provides the U.S. equivalence of each educational credential plus a list of courses taken and their U.S. and grade equivalents.  It also identifies upper level courses and grade point averages. The report must indicate that the degree received was a DMD/DDS equivalent. For more information access their website at Wes evaluations are not required and will not be considered.
  • English proficiency.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL.  Successful completion of the TOEFL iBT with a score of 100 or above is required. TOEFL scores must be current; no more than two years old.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation written within one year. One letter must be from the Dean of the dental college attended and one letter from a Science Professor.
  • All scores must be submitted to CAAPID by the November 1st. Scores submitted after November 1st will not be considered. No exceptions.
  • Application fees will be requested from the office starting in July.

Secondary Application and Request for Fee

  • Secondary application and fee request will be provided by the Office of Admissions once the CAAPID application is received and processed.

Documents Required for the Interview

If you are invited to interview you will be required to bring official  copies of:  

  • NBDE Parts I
  • TOEFL score report

Transcripts from all post secondary programs, as well as a photocopied dental school diploma

Application Deadline: Novembe 1: The CAAPID application must be submitted to the centralized application service by November 1. Applications received after the deadline by the centralized application service will not be processed. ADEA's CAAPID Application will be available starting mid-April 2013. Please access the application at Contact: or 617-612-2035 on Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET for questions regarding the application service.

All application materials and documents become the property of Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry and will not be returned to the applicant.

Application Process

Highly competitive candidates will be invited, via email, to interview starting in December. The interview day consists of video interviews, writing samples, financial aid, lunch with current students, and tour of the dental school. Interviews are held during the week. There is no bench exam.

Final decisions for acceptance based upon review of the application and results from the video interview will be determined by the members of the Admissions Committee. Admissions decisions will begin on a rolling basis starting January until the class of 12 is full. Upon acceptance notification, applicants will be requested to submit a $5000 non-refundable deposit that will be applied toward tuition.


All re-applicants must submit a complete CAAPID application. Documents from a prior application (transcripts, NDBE Part I scores, ECE Course by Course Evaluations, TOEFL scores, and letters of evaluation) cannot be carried forward. Serious consideration will be given to those with exceptional academic records and credentials.

Financial Obligations

Acceptance deposit – $5000 non-refundable deposit to be applied to tuition
Estimated Tuition – $60,000 per year
Estimated Fees and Instruments – $10,300
Tuition and fees adjusted annually.  Room and board not included. 

Permanent residents and U.S. citizens are eligible for financial assistance in the form of government-sponsored loans. The university is unable to offer financial assistance to those who have residency outside of the U.S. (this includes federal  loans, scholarships and/or assistantships). Foreign applicants who are accepted into the Program must demonstrate proof of adequate personal financial resources for one year of study before an I-20 student visa application can be issued.

Program Calendar/Curriculum Overview

April– Begin Processing Applications
November 1 – Application Deadline
November/December – Interviews begin
December/March  –  Admissions decisions begin on a rolling basis. Non-refundable $5,000 deposit due within 15 days of notification of acceptance.

Year One

April-August     Special Program
August – June  Preclinical Dental Program Lecture and Laboratories
June-July          Clinical Component begins

Year Two

Summer Session  
Course Credit Hours
Emergency Medicine 1.0
Introduction to Clinical Dentistry 2.0
Medicine I 1.0
Treatment Planning 1.0
Junior Summer Clinic I 9.0
Restorative Dent. IV  
Lecture and Lab (cont.)  
Junior Summer Clinic II 6.0
Emergency Dentistry 1.0


Fall Semester (16 Weeks)  
Course Credit Hours
Endodontology 1.0
Restorative Dent. V Lect. 2.0
Oral Radiology 1.0
Oral Surgery II 1.0
Jr. Practice of Dentistry 7.0
Oral Pathology II 3.0
Medicine II 1.0
Perio. Therapy/Treatment  
Planning 1.0
Gerontology 1.0


Spring Semester (16 Weeks)  
Course Credit Hours
Restorative Dent. VI Lecture 2.0
Pediatric Dentistry 1.0
Oral Surgery 1.0
Ortho in Gen'l Dent. 1.0
Perio Therapy/Treatment Planning 1.0
Admissions Clinic I 1.0
Emergency Services/Oral Surgery Clinic 2.0
Radiology - Clinic 1.0
Restorative Dentistry - Clinic 6.0
Clinical Periodontology I 2.0
Pediatric Dentistry - Clinic 2.0
Endodontics - Clinic 2.0
Practice Management I 1.0
Public Health 1.0


Year Three

Summer Session I  
Course Credit Hours
Sr. Practice of Dent. I 12.0
Behavioral Science II 1.0
Sr. Practice of Dent. II 6.0
Dentistry for persons with disabilities  1.0


Fall Semester (16 Weeks)  
Course Credit Hours
Radiology 1.0
Adv. Restorative Dent. 2.0
Practice Management 1.0
Orthodontics Lecture 2.0
Sr. Practice of Dentistry 12.0
Ethical Issues in Dentistry 1.0
Dental Jurisprudence 1.0


Spring Semester (16 Weeks)  
Course Credit Hours
Pediatric Dentistry - Clinic 3.0
Admissions Clinic - II 1.0
Emergency Services/Oral Surgery Clinic 3.0
Radiology - Clinic 2.0
Restorative Dent. Clinic Sr. 12.0
Orthodontics - Clinic 1.0
Endodontology - Clinic 3.0
Clinical Periodontology II 3.0