The UNE College of Dental Medicine seeks high-quality, self-motivated, ethical applicants to become dentists through our program that incorporates the latest in dental practices, equipment, and technology, as well as principles in public health, health policy, and business. During our program, you are providing care to a wide variety of patients in our clinic on the Portland Campus and in clinics throughout Northern New England.

Our primary goal is to attract students who share our educational objectives and can be successful in the curriculum. We are looking for a diverse and balanced student population, and will consider both academic and non-academic criteria in assessing candidates for admission. A “whole file review” process is in place to assess applicants in the areas: academic record/ability, leadership potential, community service experience, career goals, personal qualities, interpersonal skills, and maturity.

Important Application Dates

Application Process

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine, 4-year degree program
    • All verified applications received on or before the November 1, 2020 application deadline will receive full admission consideration. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
    • Verified applications undergo an initial preliminary review for minimum requirements, after which select applicants will be invited to submit payment for the supplemental application.
    • Verified applicants who have successfully submitted all supporting documents, including the required supplemental application fee, undergo a secondary review by the Dental Medicine faculty.
    • Select applicants will then be invited to interview during the Fall 2020 semester. All interviews are by invitation only.
    • Following the required interview, a final decision will be made for highly qualified applicants, who will receive official decision notification on December 1, 2020.
    • Subsequent acceptances will continue to be disseminated until the class is full.
    • UNE communicates all status updates, notifications, and admission decisions via email.
  • Advanced Standing Doctor of Dental Medicine for International Dentists
    • To be eligible for admission, applicants must have a dentist degree from a non-US/Canadian dental school.
    • Verified applications undergo an initial preliminary review for minimum requirements, after which select applicants will be invited to submit payment towards the supplemental application fee.
    • Verified applicants who have successfully submitted all supporting documents, including the required supplemental application fee, undergo a secondary review by Dental Medicine faculty.
    • Select applicants will then be invited to interview. All interviews are by invitation only.
    • UNE communicates all status updates, notifications, and admission decisions via email.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.

Admissions

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS


IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR THE 2020-2021 APPLICATION CYCLE:
If a candidate's application is missing one or more required components due to extenuating circumstances caused by COVID-19 (e.g., DAT scores or 30 hours of clinical dental experience) but the application is otherwise complete and verified, the candidate should provide a statement (a field will be provided in AADSAS) explaining the situation and their plan/timeline for submitting the missing components. The UNE CDM Admissions Committee will review the candidate's statement and may decide to begin evaluating the application materials prior to the receipt of the missing items. Thus, it is important that candidates complete all other components of their applications as early in the cycle as possible to potentially avoid delays in the processing of their applications.

Applicants who have the option of taking a spring 2020 prerequisite course for a letter grade or Pass/Fail must choose the graded option to receive a letter grade for the course. If the applicant did not have the option to choose a letter grade for the prerequisite course, we will consider Pass/Fail grades on a case-by-case basis pending verification from the institution’s Registrar’s Office that a graded option was not available for the prerequisite course.

Applicants who have the option of taking a spring 2020 non-prerequisite course for a letter grade or Pass/Fail are encouraged to choose the graded option because the course will otherwise not factor into GPA calculations. While graded non-prerequisite courses are preferred, Pass/Fail non-prerequisite courses will also be acceptable for spring 2020.


DOCTOR OF DENTAL MEDICINE (DMD) 4-year degree program

APPLICATION

The University of New England College of Dental Medicine (UNE CDM) participates in the American Dental Education Association Centralized Application Service (ADEA AADSAS). All applicants are required to apply online through this service.

DEGREE REQUIREMENT

Completed a minimum of 90 semester (135 quarter) credits at a U.S. regionally accredited institution or international equivalent, at the time of enrollment. However; a baccalaureate degree is preferred.

  • All applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Official transcripts should be sent directly to ADEA AADSAS. Please see the ADEA AADSAS application for additional information and instructions.

PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK REQUIREMENTS

  • Science Courses
    • General Biology with lab (4 semester, 6 quarter credits); Zoology acceptable to fulfill requirement.
    • Anatomy with lab (4 semester, 6 quarter credits)
      • This requirement can be satisfied by taking Anatomy w/lab OR Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (4 semester, 6 quarter credits) and Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (4 semester, 6 quarter credits)
    • Microbiology with lab (4 semester, 6 quarter credits)
    • General Chemistry with lab (4 semester, 6 quarter credits)
    • Organic Chemistry with lab (4 semester, 6 quarter credits)
    • Biochemistry (3 semester, 4.5 quarter credits)
    • Additional Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, or Physics (12 semester, 18 quarter credits)
  • Other Courses
    • English Composition/Technical Writing (3 semester, 4.5 quarter credits)

Recommended Courses:

  • Human Physiology strongly recommended
  • Immunology strongly recommended
  • Pharmacology
  • Histology
  • Genetics
  • Physics
  • Business, Computers
  • 3-Dimensional Art (e.g., sculpture)
  • Communications
  • Ethics
  • Public Health

Other Important Prerequisite Coursework Notes:

  • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better ("C minus" grades are not acceptable).
  • AP credits cannot be applied toward any prerequisite course.
  • Upper-level courses in any of the necessary prerequisite subject areas completed with a grade of "C" or better is acceptable.
  • Prerequisite courses may be in-progress or planned at the time of application. All courses must be successfully completed with an official transcript submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission prior to the start of the program.
  • Official transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the summer/fall term should be submitted and verified by ADEA AADSAS during the Academic Update period.
  • Official transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed after the ADEA AADSAS Academic Update periods should be submitted directly from the University's Registrar to UNE’s Office of Graduate Admission prior to the start of the program.

All planned or in-progress coursework should be listed on the ADEA AADSAS application at the time of application submission; not doing so will result in the applicant not meeting all admissions requirements.

Online courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites are acceptable to fulfill prerequisites.

STANDARDIZED TESTS

The U.S. Dental Admission Test (DAT)  is required to be taken by October 1 of the application year, with official scores submitted directly to ADEA AADSAS.

LETTERS OF EVALUATION

Two (2) letters of evaluation are required - submitted via ADEA AADSAS*

  • One letter must be from a science professor.
  • It is recommended that the second letter come from a dentist.
  • Committee letters are accepted in place of the two (2) required letters.
  • All letters must be submitted electronically via the ADEA AADSAS application.
    *Letters from friends or family members are not acceptable.

VOLUNTEER/EXPERIENCE HOURS

Community Service: applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate community service through volunteerism or service-oriented employment.

Clinical Dental Experience: required minimum of thirty (30) hours of dental experience.

  • All experiences should be documented in the ADEA AADSAS application.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

  • Please refer to the ADEA AADSAS application for all specific writing prompts and additional information.

INTERVIEWS

On-campus interviews are a required part of the admission process and are by invitation only.

  • Applicants are selected for interviews on a rolling basis.
  • Interviews are done by invitation only.
  • Campus interviews are scheduled from September through November; Spring interview sessions will be scheduled as needed.
  • Alternate interviewing modalities (including virtual interviews) may be instituted as necessary to address ongoing public health concerns with COVID-19. The Office of Graduate Admissions will inform applicants of any updates, as necessary.

Given the normally heavy volume of applications, it is strongly encouraged that candidates submit and complete their application as early as possible in the cycle to ensure full consideration for an interview.

SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION FEE

  • All verified applications will undergo a preliminary admission review, after which select applicants will be invited to submit the UNE Dental Medicine supplemental application fee of $55 in order to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
  • Upon receipt of an invitation to complete the UNE Dental Medicine supplemental application fee, please be sure to make payment promptly and by the deadline listed in the invitation.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

International applicants and those with foreign degrees and coursework are required to satisfy the following additional requirements:

  • Official credential evaluation by World Education Service (WES), confirming degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. The completed credential evaluation should be submitted directly to ADEA AADSAS. Please refer to the International Admissions section of the UNE website for more information on the type of credential evaluation required for admission review.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate written and spoken fluency through the successful completion of a UNE approved English language proficiency test.
  • Applicants should refer to the English Language Proficiency page on the UNE website for specific information and minimum score requirements.
  • Please refer to the ADEA AADSAS application for test score submission instructions.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS/INFORMATION

Prior to matriculation, accepted and deposited students will be required to complete the following additional compliance requirements:

  • Completion of physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status. Please refer to UNE’s Student Health Center for detailed information.
  • Satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen prior to matriculation, as well as periodically throughout the program (as required by clinical affiliations).
  • All students must have the ability to meet Academic and Technical Standards of the Dental Medicine profession.
  • UNE follows the ADEA AADSAS “traffic” rules. Those offered admissions are notified by mail on or soon after December 1 and will continue until the class is full.
  • Only those applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be considered for admission. However, meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance.

Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and other supporting materials.

Due to continuing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, some application requirements and processes may change during the cycle for the health and safety of the university, its employees, and prospective students/applicants. We appreciate your flexibility and consideration.

POLICY EXCEPTIONS
 

  • Policies are established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants to the university and its programs
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum and/or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates

TRANSFER CREDIT

  • No transfer credit granted

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

  • No credit awarded for experiential learning

ADVANCED STANDING DOCTOR OF DENTAL MEDICINE (DMD AST) FOR INTERNATIONAL DENTISTS

admissions requirements & application process


The DMD AST is offered on a space-available basis only. Please visit the UNE CAAPID profile page for current information.

The University of New England College of Dental Medicine (UNE CDM) participates in the American Dental Education Association Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (ADEA CAAPID). All applicants are required to apply online through this service.

To be eligible for admission, applicants must have a dentist's degree from a non-U.S./Canadian dental school.

  • Provide a school-issued document confirming the conferred foreign dental degree (BDS, DDS, DMD, Odontology, etc.).
  • Submit, through ADEA CAAPID, original dental school, non-dental school, and all postgraduate program transcripts. For all foreign transcripts, applicants must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  • Candidates must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the DMD AST.
    • UNE accepts several methods of English Language Proficiency.
    • If an applicant cannot prove English Proficiency in another way, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application. Please see “English Language Proficiency” link above for score minimums.
  • Passage of both NBDE Part I and Part II exams (or a successor to those exams) is mandatory, preferably within the last five (5) years. Official scores must be submitted through ADEA CAAPID.
  • Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) results will be accepted if submitted via ADEA CAAPID, but this is not required.
  • Submit three (3) letters of evaluation, in English, from each of the following individuals:
    • Dean or chief/senior administrator of the applicant’s dental school (Dean level preferred).
    • Dental school clinical instructor who is able to evaluate the applicant’s potential.
    • One professional reference who can attest to the applicant’s character, conduct, and professional ability.
    • Letters must be written within the last two (2) years. They must be written in English, or translated by a certified US translator, at the applicant’s expense. The letters must also include the evaluator’s current contact details.
    • Three (3) letters of evaluation are required, and no more than four (4) will be accepted. Only letters submitted through ADEA CAAPID will be accepted.
  • Submit a non-refundable application processing fee of $100 (by invitation only).
  • Additional Requirements:
    • At time of application, candidates must provide proof of US citizenship (US passport, US birth certificate, or Certificate of Naturalization) OR proof of permanent residence (Green Card) or other appropriate immigration documentation.
    • It is the candidate’s responsibility to maintain their legal status for the duration of their enrollment in the DMD AST program.
  • Interview and Bench Test:
    • Interviews will be conducted on an invitational basis only.
  • Only candidates with completed ADEA CAAPID and supplemental applications will be considered for interview.
    • Interviews will consist of a bench test, writing sample, and face-to-face interviews with UNE CDM faculty and staff.
    • The fee to complete the interview and bench test will be $500 and must be received by UNE CDM prior to the interview date.

PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing Track (DMD AST) for International Dentists
    • Applications for DMD AST are accepted through ADEA CAAPID (Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists) only.
      • Applicants must submit, through ADEA CAAPID, original dental school, non-dental school, and all postgraduate program transcripts. For all foreign transcripts, applicants must submit official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
      • All documents, including transcripts, evaluations, and letters of reference must be written in English, or translated by a certified US translator, at the applicant’s expense.
      • Applications must be completed and submitted to ADEA CAAPID by the posted deadline in order to be considered for admission. Please visit our CAAPID profile for current information.
      • Given the normally heavy volume of applications, candidates are strongly encouraged to complete and submit the CAAPID application as early as possible in the cycle to ensure consideration for an invitation to interview.
      • Competitive candidates will be invited to submit an application processing fee; this electronic fee payment must be received by the deadline listed in the invitation in order for the candidate’s application to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
      • On-campus interviews are required for admission and are by invitation only.
        • Applicants are selected for interview on a rolling basis.
        • Campus interviews will be scheduled at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
      • No exceptions will be made for the requirements listed above.
      • Only applications submitted in their entirety by the deadline will be considered for admission.

Note: All materials submitted as part of the application become the property of UNE and will not be returned or released to anyone, including the applicant. This policy includes letters of reference, primary and secondary applications, personal statements, transcripts, and other supporting materials.

Due to continuing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, some application requirements and processes may change during the cycle for the health and safety of the university, its employees, and prospective students/applicants. We appreciate your flexibility and consideration.

POLICY EXCEPTIONS
 

  • Policies are established to ensure fair and consistent admissions practice for all applicants to the university and its programs.
  • All criteria presented in this summary are subject to change per professional accreditation requirements, changes in curriculum and/or other institutional standards, and clinical affiliation requirements.
  • Exceptions to existing admission policies are rare and made only when it is deemed necessary and appropriate to maintain fair and consistent practice for all candidates, not individual candidates.

TRANSFER CREDIT

  • No transfer credit granted

ADVANCED STANDING

(please see application and admissions details in the admissions section of this page above)

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

  • No credit awarded for experiential learning

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