Advanced Standing Programs

The Kornberg School of Dentistry is excited to offer two programs for foreign trained dentists. Find out more about these programs below.

Advanced Standing DMD Program

This 24-month program will operate in a comprehensive general dentistry clinic that will simulate real-life private practice. 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 will be accepted. 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. 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.

The application deadline for the 2020-2021 cycle is July 15, 2020.  The two year program begins the following June of each year. The tuition cost for the International DMD Program is $76,000 per year (subject to change).

Attrition Based DMD Program 

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry will offer vacated seats in the 2nd or 3rd year of the pre-doctoral program to foreign trained dentists who also meet the above requirements. Applicants eligble for this program must have been interviewed for the Advanced Standing DMD Program and waitlisted to be considered.  Classes will begin for the the Attrition Based Program in August, 2021. The application deadline is July 15, 2020.  The 2020-2021 estimated tuition & fee cost for the Advanced DMD Attrition Based Program is $58,814 for Pennsylvania and $66,304 for non-resident students (subject to change).


Online Application

Please complete the online CAAPID application through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). The application process begins March 1. Early application to the program is suggested.

Passage of National Boards Part I and II is required to be considered for the Attrition Based Program and the Two Year International Program.. For questions about these exams, please contact National Boards at 312-440-2678. Official or notarized copy of NBDE Part I and Part II will be requested by the school if invited to interview.

The 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.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants must be proficient in the English language. All applicants must successfully complete the TOEFL IBT with a score of  100 or above for the Attrition Based Program and the Two-Year International DMD Program. An 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.

National Board Dental Examination Requests

Program requires passage of NBDE Part I and Part II to be considered for admission into the Attrition Based Program and the International DMD Program. An official or notarized copies of NBDE will be requested by the school if invited to interview. 

Letters of Evaluation

Program requires two letters of recommendation written within one year from the date of application. One letter must be from the Dean of the dental college attended and one letter from a science professor or dental professional.

Letters of evaluation must be submitted to ADEA CAAPID no later than July 15th.

Transcripts and Evaluations

Applicant must submit a detailed ECE to ADEA CAAPID.

Application Fees

The supplemental application and the supplemental application fee request will be emailed directly to applicants.

A skills Assessment Examination will be required for candidates who are invited to interview for the International DMD Program. The estimated cost for this examination is $1,000. 


All interviewees to the Advanced Standing program at the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer) to assist with our selection process for the 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle.

CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening.  In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

In order to take CASPer, you will be responisible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date.  CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satify the afrorementioned requirements.  No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located in sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors. 


Following the initial review and evaluation of applicant credentials and other documents, applicants who are invited to interview will undergo a faculty evaluation of their pre-clinical and clinical skills. 


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 ensure 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.

For additional information, including status of applications already sent, please email: sends e-mail), or call 1-800-441-4363.