Post Baccalaureate Program



The Kornberg School of Dentistry Post-Baccalaureate Program is designed to offer a unique opportunity for dental school applicants wishing to pursue a career in dentistry. Our goal at the Kornberg School of Dentistry is to support you in your pursuit to become a dental professional. The Post Baccalaureate program will provide students with an education that will strengthen their academic abilities by providing a program of study which offers a comprehensive basic and translational sciences foundation, in addition to an education, and clinical training in dental assisting.  This combined science with clinical experience will prepare a minimum of 30 students annually to not only be competitive in seeking admission into dental school, but also to prepare students for clinical dental education. Class begin June, 2017 and end April, 2018.


Provide students who are interested in studying dentistry an opportunity to advance their education and be competitive for admission to dental schools in the US.  The program includes an innovative combination of dental assisting training and practice at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry clinics as well as advanced translational science courses.


Applicants who have applied to the Kornberg School of Dentistry Pre-doctoral Program through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) are eligible to be considered for this program.  Applicants must also meet the following requirements for Post Baccalaureate Program application consideration:

Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university within the U.S., Canada or an equivalent ranked international university

Have completed at least 32 credit hours in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, and physics, in an undergraduate program and achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.8 with a senior year total GPA of 3.0

 Have a minimum academic average score of 18 on the Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

Submit a $50 application fee upon request from the Kornberg School of Dentistry, Office of Admissions, Diversity and Student Services.


All eligible applicants who submit completed applications will be processed and forwarded to the Post-Baccalaureate Admissions Committee. Based on Admissions Committee review, selected applicants will be invited to interview and may be offered a seat into the program.


The tuition for Pennsylvania residents and non-residents is $40,000. A non-refundable $5,000 tuition deposit is required for accepted applicants.


Accepted applicants to the Post Baccalaureate Program at the Kornberg School of Dentistry are required to complete a FAFSA application to receive federal aid. Federal funds for this one year program are limited.  Most students will need to obtain an alternative loan to cover tuition, fees and living expenses. A credit check will be used to determine alternative loan eligibility. Applicants are encouraged to review credit history before considering application to the post baccalaureate program. Dependent students, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are eligible to borrow up to $5,500 (subsidized and/or unsubsidized) through the Federal Direct Loan Program. Independent students, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are eligible to borrow up to $12,500 through the Federal Direct Loan Program.  Federal aid is not available for international students. An installment payment plan is optional for all students. For additional information, please contact 215-707-2952.

Classes begin in June and end in April.


ORBG 8021 Microbiome
(3 credit hours)
This course will focus on the biology, ecology, and cell behaviors in the human microbiome in the whole body with a specific emphasis on the oral cavity.  The course will also cover the epigenetic changes that may occur in the microbiome and the range of health issues such as obesity, infections, and risk of developing dental and oral mucosal diseases. 

ORBG 8022 Microbiome Laboratory
(2 credit hours)
This course will follow the Introduction to the Microbiome and focus on laboratory techniques to investigate cell signaling, quorum sensing, and genomic mapping of the microbiome.

ORBG 8023 Craniofacial Bone biology and Maxillofacial/Dental Orthopedic Care
(2 credit hours)
This introductory course will review bone biology and how bone develops and remodels in orthodontic and orthopedic care.

ORGB 8024 Regeneration of Bone and Dental Hard Tissues
(1 credit hour)
This course will focus on dentin and bone regeneration research already being conducted at the dental school and Temple University Center for Bioengineering Research.

Pharm 8124 Neuroscience of Pain
(2 credit hours)
This is a neuroscience course that covers the anatomical and physiologic basis for different forms of pain. The course emphasizes the similarities and differences between the different forms of pain and describes the basic features of neural and chemical processing of pain signals at multiple levels.  A focus will be on understanding the mechanisms of action for a range of different pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment option. Pain phenomena, peripheral and central sensitization will be discussed especially in relation to representative pain disorders.

ORBG 8025 Temporomandibular Joint Biology
(2 credit hours)
This course will cover the anatomy, mechanics, and function of the TMJ and associated muscles and ligaments.  The course will also cover the dysfunctions commonly diagnosed in dental practice and how they may be manifested in the operation of the TMJ complex.

ORBG 8028 Basic and Advanced Statistical Methods
(3 credit hours)
This course will provide an introduction to statistical theory and applied methods, including modeling techniques, to analyze dental data.  The course will describe the impact of clustering effects of data points in the oral cavity; correction for design effects; methods of analysis of different dental outcomes; and appropriate statistical modeling methods useful in contemporary studies.

ORBG 8031 Biomaterials
(1 credit hour)
This course will cover the theory of bonding of materials to enamel and dentin and mechanisms used to increase the mechanical and chemical bonding of restorative materials

Pharm 8133 Introduction to Translational Molecular Technology  
(2 credit hours)
This is a survey course that will introduce graduate students to important topics in the area of translational research. This course will meet once weekly for 2 hours. The first hour will be devoted to a seminar-styled lecture. The second hour will take the format of an active learning debate between students and the lecturer. The debate, course assignments and all other course administration will be the responsibility of the course instructor. Assigned readings will be selected from materials relevant to each lecture and from a bibliography provided by the lecturers. The course is premised upon student’s thorough preparation and participation in every session.

ORBG 8029 Behavioral Change Theories and Practice
(2 credit hours)
This course will review and apply selected behavioral change theories in addressing common behavioral problems including addiction.

5004 Dental Radiology
(2 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge of the principles of radiology and radiographic techniques including the principles and methods employed in the paralleling technique and radiographic interpretation.  Emphasis is placed on the practice of exposing, processing, mounting and interpreting intraoral radiographs.

5001 Introduction to dental assisting
(2 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the dental profession, the dental team and the roles and responsibilities of each member of the team, dental terminology, infection control procedures, sterilization and patient confidentiality.

5002 Chairside Dental Assisting
(3 credit hours)
This course is designed to give the student an introduction to four handed dentistry, oral evacuation, charting, medical-dental histories, vitals, dental instruments, instrument transfer and procedure specific tray set-ups. Also, students will receive fundamental knowledge of the dental materials commonly used in chairside procedures with emphasis on the proper technique of manipulation.

5005 Dental Anatomy
(1 credit hours)
This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of dental terminology, anatomical structures of the oral cavity and head and neck region, classification of occlusion and oral pathology of the hard and soft tissue.

ORBG 8032 Practical Clinical Practice
(1 credit hour)
Students will be assigned as dental assistants, quality evaluators, or patient advocates in the dental school clinics.

ORBG 8034 Advaanced Clinical Practice
(3 credit hour)
Students will be assigned as dental assistants, quality evaluators, or patient advocates in the dental school clinics.

*course descriptions, credit hours and sequence are subject to change


Program participants will take a DAT test preparation course provided by Kaplan Career Institute.


Program participants will take dental assisting lecture, lab and on-line courses that will prepare them to take the DANB on-line certifications that must be completed prior to fall dental assisting clinical placements.


A post-baccalaureate student will be considered for admission if their GPA is 3.5 or higher in the post-baccalaureate science courses, if they have achieved a minimum academic average score of 20 on the DAT, and, has passed all non-science dental assisting courses.   The Admission Committee will also consider other factors such as professionalism, attendance, team work, and other criteria that regular applicants must meet to be granted admission into the Kornberg School of Dentistry.  Admission into the dental school is not guaranteed.

Contact Information:

Office of Admissions, Diversity and Student Affairs
Kornberg School of Dentistry
1 800-441-4363 or 215-707-2952