International Dentists DMD Programs

International DMD and Advanced Standing Attrition Based Programs


The Kornberg School of Dentistry has two programs for internationally trained dentists.


New International DMD Program

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry has received approval from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) to start a new International DMDS Program.  The 24-month program will accept experienced dentists who graduated from international dental schools and who have graduated from 1) a CODA-accredited residency or postgraduate program, or 2) have graduated from a non-CODA graduate programs in peer schools, and 3) have at least 2 years of clinical experience after their first dental degree.  Preferences will be given to applicants with advanced clinical experience and who match the standards for competency expected from students moving into the junior year of the dental school at Temple University.  Applicants must have passed Part I and Part II of the National Dental Examination Board before matriculation,  A TOEFL score of 100 or higher, or equivalent English Language test scores, is required.   Admission into the program will be based as well on assessment of preclinical skills, communication skills, and an oral examination conducted by the program’s search committee.  The school places high weight on ethical and professional conduct and evidence for desire to learn and innovate.

The new program will operate in a comprehensive general dentistry clinic that will simulate real-life private practice.

The two-year program begins in June; applications must be submitted by the prior January 15. The tuition cost for the International DMD Program is $76,000 per year.


Attrition Based Program 

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry will also offer vacated seats in the 2nd and/or 3rd year of the pre-doctoral program to qualified internationally trained dentists. Students accepted to this program must have graduated from an international dental school outside the U.S. or Canada. Classes will begin for the Attrition Based Program on August 22, 2018.  The application deadline is January 15 each year.  The 2017 - 2018 tuition cost for the Advanced Standing Attrition Based Program is $55,696 for a Pennsylvania resident and $62,898 for a non-resident student.


Application Credentials Required for the two International Dentists DMD programs

Complete the CAAPID application through the American Dental Education Association at The on-line CAAPID application process begins March 1.

Passage of National Boards Part I is required to be considered for admission into the Attrition Based Program (2nd Year). Passage of National Boards Part I and II is required to be considered for the Attrition Based Program (3rd Year) and/or the Two Year International Program.. For questions about this exam, please contact National Boards at 312-440-2678. Official or notarized copy of NBDE Part I and/or Part II will be requested by the school if invited to interview.

Credential Evaluation Report from the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. Application eligibility requires a foreign trained dental school degree with a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 3.0. (A dental school course by course analysis must be sent to CAAPID. For more information, contact The dental school uses ECE evaluations only.

TOEFL examination results if English is not the native language or if the candidate did not graduate from a U.S. postgraduate program of at least two years in duration. The acceptable TOEFL iBT® score should be 94 or higher to be considered for the Attrition Based Program. The acceptable TOEFL score should be 100 or higher to be considered for the newly CODA approved 3rd Year Program. For questions about this exam, please contact TOEFL at 1-800-257-9547. Official or Notarized copy of TOEFL will be requested by the school if invited to interview. TOEFL scores must be no more than two years old.

Two letters of recommendation written within one year from the date of application must be sent to CAAPID. One letter must be from the Dean of the dental college attended and one letter from a science or dental professor.

Applicants are strongely recommended to take the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

Application fee - The supplemental application fee request will be mailed to dental school applicants in November.


Following the initial review and evaluation of applicant credentials and other documents, applicants who are ainvited to interview will undergo a faculty evaluation of their pre-clinical and clinical skills. A bench test will administered at no cost to the applicant.

The final admission decision will be made by the Advanced Standing and Transfer Admissions Committee based upon recommendations by the evaluating faculty.  A complete educational review will be conducted by the faculty to insure applicants have the same standards of competence required by students regularly enrolled in the program.  

Advanced Standing applicants who are offered admission to the Kornberg School of Dentistry would enter into the 2nd or 3rd year of the dental school. Foreign trained dental students will be held to the same standards as students regularly enrolled in the program.  Those students who successfully complete the requirements for graduation will receive a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree.

CAAPID Applications are accepted until January 15th of each year. CAAPID applications will be reviewed for the Attrition Based Program until August 1st of the academic year. CAAPID applications for the Two Year International Program will be reviewed until April/May of the academic year.  Early application to the program is suggested. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Kornberg School of Dentistry at (215) 707-2952 or (215) 707-2801.