Specific requirements are mandated by the Kornberg School of Dentistry.



  • Completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours from an accredited college or university
  • Students who have been educated in universities outside the U.S. or Canada must complete at least one year of college and all dental prerequisite courses in the U.S. or Canada
  • A minimum of eight semester hours in each of the following subjects: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics (all with laboratory experience)
  • Six semester credit hours in English, and it is highly recommended that applicants have exposure to advanced science courses, particularly biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, and histology
  • Two letters of recommendation from Science Professors or Pre-Health Committee members along with complete official transcripts from undergraduate coursework

Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree are given preference in the admissions process. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English as determined through the interview, essays and Reading Comprehension score on the Dental Admission Test.


All interviewees to the four year DMD 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. 
Additionally, for this admissions cycle we ask that you complete CASPer Snapshot, an extention of the CASPer Test to provide us with a better understanding of your communication skills and personal attributes.  CASPer Snapshot is a short video response tool where you will be asked three standardized questions and be given two meinutes to read and respond to each question.  It should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.  You can complete it at any time after reserving your CASPer test date.  You can learn more about Snapshot at the Casper site.

Academic Standards

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry meets or exceeds national GPA and DAT metrics, according to the most recently published American Dental Association survey regarding dental school admissions.

By the Numbers: Incoming Class of 2019-2020

  • 140 Incoming Predoctoral Students accepted out of 2,743 applications submitted
  • 49% Female
  • 51% Male
  • 54% Out-of-State Students
  • Total mean college GPA of the incoming predoctoral student: 3.55 (basic science GPA 3.45)
  • Academic average DAT score: 21.2

Technical Standards

The Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry Technical Standards can be found here. All applicants are required to meet the Technical Standards. If an applicant does not meet the technical standards, a three step process will be followed:

1. The Admissions Committee Chair will meet with the Academic Dean and Clinical Dean to discuss the issue. The applicant may be requested to meet with the deans and/or provide supporting documentation from an appropriate specialist. Persons involved will be asked to identify how the candidate will meet the technical standards with or without accommodations. If accommodations are considered, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs will communicate with Disability Services to determine the reasonableness of the accommodation.

2. After assessing the applicant and relevant information, if the deans determine that the applicant cannot meet the technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations, the application will be rejected.

3. If the Deans determine that the applicant can meet the technical standards, the subsequent admissions review process will proceed.

Immunization Requirements

First-year students are required to submit a completed physical examination form and immunization record prior to orientation. Students must submit proof of adequate immunization against diphtheria-tetanus, polio, measles, mumps and rubella; and viral titers for measles (rubeola), rubella and varicella (chickenpox). For under-immunized students, Student Health Services can provide immunizations at low cost. All students must also receive the Hepatitis B vaccine series, and follow up with an antibody titer at least one month after the third vaccination, or otherwise demonstrate immunity to Hepatitis B, prior to clinical contact.

Tuberculosis Testing

Annual PPD testing/TB screening is required for all dental student year groups. All incoming dental students will be required to have an initial two step PPD performed, followed by annual PPD testing and screening.

Dental Admission Test (DAT)

Every applicant must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT). The test should be taken no later than the fall of the application year. DAT scores are an important component considered in the Admissions process. Applications will not be reviewed without reported DAT scores. DAT scores more than two years old at the time of application will not be accepted.

For additional information, including status of applications already sent, please email: kornbergadmissions@temple.edu, or call 1-800-441-4363.


The programs in Predoctoral Dental Education (DMD), Advanced Specialty Education in Dental Public Health, Advanced Specialty Education in Endodontics, Advanced Specialty Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Advanced Specialty Education in Periodontics are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been given the accreditation status of Approval (without reporting requirements). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312)440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The commission's web address is: http://ada.org/100.aspx. The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. However, accreditation of the program does not, in itself, constitute recognition of any dental specially status.