Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Admissions

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.

Application for Fall 2020

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine, 4-year degree program
    • All applicants must apply through the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)
    • Students are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle
    • May 14, 2019: AADSAS application portal opens for enrollment in Fall 2020
    • November 1, 2019: Final application deadline for electronic submission to UNE
    • December 1, 2019: Initial offers of acceptance sent to candidates
    • Campus interview session will be held September through March as needed and by invitation only
  • Advanced Standing Doctor of Dental Medicine for International Dentists
    • All applicants must apply through ADEA CAAPID (Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists)
    • March 5, 2019: ADEA CAAPID application portal opens for enrollment in January, 2020
    • June 1, 2019: AST DMD program application deadline
    • January 2, 2020: AST DMD program start date
    • Residency Status 
      • All well-qualified applicants will be considered regardless of visa and residency status. For additional information concerning student visas please visit www.une.edu/admissions/intl/student-visas
      • Note: please disregard any reference to the need to prove U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or other immigration documentation; none are required prior to application

Processing of applications

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree, 4-year degree program
    • Application is completed online and submitted electronically to AADSAS for verification
      • Verification process begins as soon as official transcripts from all schools attended and letters of recommendation are received at AADSAS (it is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure AADSAS has provided all documentation to verify all information provided on the application)
    • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your verified application; additional email communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle
    • Verified applications undergo preliminary review as received and highly qualified applicants will invited to submit payment for the supplemental application to continue through the review process
    • Qualified applicants from those who submit payment for the supplemental application are reviewed the Dental Medicine faculty and are then invited to interview as candidates are selected for interview invitation
  • Advanced Standing Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree for International Dentists
    • To be eligible for admissions, applicants must have a dentist degree from a non-US/Canadian dental school
    • Application for AST DMD is through ADEA CAAPID (Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists)
    • Application is completed online and submitted electronically to ADEA CAAPID for verification which begins as soon as official transcripts from all schools attended and letters of recommendation are received at ADEA CAAPID
    • All letters of reference must be signed by the letter writer to be accepted; if not signed UNE will hold the application until signed letters are received.
    • UNE will notify you via email when we receive your verified application; additional email communications will be sent as your status changes throughout the admissions cycle
    • Verified applications undergo preliminary review as received and supplemental applications will be sent directly from UNE Graduate Admissions on an invitational basis only, instructions for completion of the supplemental and submission of the $100 supplemental processing fee will be included in the invitation

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.

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

Admissions

 

program admissions requirements
 

COURSEWORK PREREQUISITES

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine
    • Sciences
      • General Biology with lab (4 semester, 6 quarter credits); Zoology acceptable to fulfill requirement
      • Human Anatomy 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, Physics (12 semester, 18 quarter credits)
    • Other
    • English Composition/Technical Writing (3 semester, 4.5 quarter credits)
    • Recommended Courses:
      • Human Physiology and Immunology strongly recommended
      • Others:
        • Pharmacology
        • Histology
        • Genetics
        • Physics
        • Business, Computers
        • 3-Dimensional Art (e.g., sculpture)
        • Communications
        • Ethics
        • Public Health
    • All prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better ("C minus" grades not acceptable)
    • No AP credits may be applied toward meeting prerequisites
    • Upper level courses in any of the necessary prerequisite subject areas completed with a “C” or better will be acceptable
    • Online courses offered through UNE’s Online Science Prerequisites are acceptable to fulfill prerequisites
    • Prerequisite courses may be in progress or planned at the time of application, but must be completed prior to enrollment
      • Planned or in-progress coursework must be included in your AADSAS application at time of submission; not doing so will result in the applicant not meeting minimum requirements
      • Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees after the submission of your AADSAS application must be submitted from the school attended directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to matriculation

ACADEMIC/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Doctor of Dental Medicine, 4-year Professional Degree program
    • Completion of minimum 90 semester (135 quarter) credits at a U.S. regionally accredited institution or international equivalent, at time of enrollment, however; a baccalaureate degree is preferred
    • U.S. Dental Admission Test (DAT): required to be taken by October 1 of the application year and official scores submitted directly to ADEA AADSAS from the American Dental Association
    • Community Service: applicants strongly encouraged to demonstrate community service through volunteerism or service-oriented employment
    • Clinical Dental Experience: required minimum of thirty (30) hours dental experience
    • Two (2) letters of reference to be submitted via AADSAS
      • One letter from a science professor
      • Recommended second letter be from a dentist
      • Committee letters accepted in place of the two (2) required letters (must be submitted via AADSAS to be reviewed by admissions committee)
      • Letters from friends or family members are not acceptable
    • Only those applicants who meet minimum requirements will be considered for admission
    • Just meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance
    • Average GPAs/hours experience/test scores for students accepted into the program are well above minimums
    • Meet all health immunization requirements (Student Health Care)
    • Obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status
    • Before or upon matriculation, accepted candidates will be expected to
    • Before or upon matriculation, accepted candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check and/or drug screening, as well as periodically throughout the program as required by clinical affiliations
    • All candidates must meet Academic and Technical Standards of the Dental Medicine profession
  • Advanced Standing Doctor of Dental Medicine for International Dentists
    • To be eligible for admission, applicants must have a dentist degree from a non-U.S./Canadian dental school
      • Provide school-issued document confirming the conferred foreign dental degree (BDS, DDS, DMD, Odontology, etc.)
      • English Language Proficiency as verified by submission of official TOEFL score report through ADEA CAAPID, only; recommended minimum scores are indicated below:
        • Written examination: 585
        • Computer examination: 240
        • Internet-based examinations: 95
      • Passage of both NBDE Part I and Part II exams is mandatory
      • Preferably taken within the last five (5) years
      • Official scores must be submitted through ADEA CAAPID
      • Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) will be accepted if submitted via ADEA CAAPID but is not required
      • Original dental school, non-dental school and all postgraduate program transcripts; official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
      • 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, if applicable
      • Must be written within the last two (2) years
      • Written in English, or translated by a certified US translator, at the applicant’s expense
      • Include evaluator’s current contact details
      • Three (3) letters of evaluation required, with no more than four (4) accepted; only those letters submitted via ADEA CAAPID will be accepted
      • Completed supplemental application
      • Non-refundable supplemental application fee of $100
    • 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
      • Candidate’s responsibility to maintain their legal status for the duration of their enrollment in the AST DMD program
    • Interview and Bench Test:
      • Interviews will be conducted on an invitational basis only
      • Candidates with completed ADEA CAAPID and supplemental applications, only, 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
        • 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, 4-year Professional Degree Program
    • Applications for admission are accepted through the Associated American Dental Schools Application (AADSAS) only 
      • AADSAS application portal opens at the beginning of June
      • Applications must be electronically submitted to AADSAS by November 1 deadline for UNE
      • Given the normally heavy volume of applications, it is strongly encouraged candidates submit and complete application as early as possible in the cycle to ensure consideration for invitation to interview
      • Upon receipt of an invitation to complete the UNE Dental Medicine supplemental application with the electronic submission of the supplement fee, please make your payment by the deadline listed in the invitation
    • On-campus interviews are required for admission and are by invitation only
      • Applicants are selected for interviews on a rolling basis
      • Campus interviews are scheduled from September through January
      • UNE follows the AADSAS “traffic” rules and accepted candidates are notified by mail on or after December 1 and until the class has been filled
    • International applicants and applicants with international degrees
      • Must have transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a U.S. regionally accredited institution (International Admissions)
      • Must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university
        • 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) is required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application
  • Advanced Standing Doctor of Dental Medicine for International Dentists
    • Application for AST DMD is through ADEA CAAPID (Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists) only
      • Complete the CAAPID application and electronically submit prior to the posted deadline, June 1, 2019
      • Given the normally heavy volume of applications, candidates are strongly encouraged to submit and complete the CAAPID application as early as possible in the cycle to ensure consideration for invitation to interview
      • Upon receipt of an invitation to complete the UNE Dental Medicine supplemental application with the electronic submission of the supplement fee, please make your payment by the deadline listed in the invitation
      • 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 for July – August
      • Original dental school, non-dental school and all postgraduate program transcripts; 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
      • All well-qualified applicants will be considered regardless of visa and residency status
      • For additional information concerning student visas please visit Student Visas
      • No exceptions will be made for the requirements listed above
      • Only applications submitted in their entirety will be considered for admission
      • Applications must be submitted and completed to ADEA CAAPID by the June 1, 2019, deadline in order to be considered for admission

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)

  • UNE College of Dental Medicine offers an advanced standing track (AST) for dentists who have completed the equivalent of a DMD or DDS program in a non-US/Canadian accredited dental school
  • AST students have the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge of the dental profession as practiced in US and to earn a CODA-accredited US Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree
  • DMD AST is a full-time 29-month (7-semester) track that incorporates the latest in dental practices in public health, health policy and business, while providing care to a wide variety of patients
  • The program begins in January of each year when the AST students join the second-year class and study an intense didactic and preclinical curriculum that incorporates aspects of the first two (2) years of the curriculum for regularly enrolled students
  • Preparatory spring semester is designed to integrate students into the second-year class, calibrate students to the first two years of CDM curriculum, and ensure students may safely begin patient care in our Oral Health Center in the summer semester
  • Graduates of the DMD AST are eligible to take appropriate state or regional dental licensure examinations and may subsequently be eligible to practice dentistry in the U.S.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

  • No credit awarded for experiential learning

 

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Transfer Credit

TRANSFER CREDIT

  • Transfer credits are rarely awarded to students who transfer from another Dental Medicine program
  • Transfer credits will be reviewed and awarded on a case by case basis

ADVANCED STANDING


Advanced Standing Track Overview

The UNE CDM offers an Advanced Standing Track (AST) for dentists who have completed the equivalent of a DMD or DDS program in a non-U.S./Canadian accredited dental school. AST students will have the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge of the dental profession as practiced in the United States and earn a CODA-accredited U.S. Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. The AST is a full-time 29-month (7-semester) track that begins in January and finishes in May two years later. Upon successful completion of the AST, graduates are eligible to take appropriate state or regional dental licensure examinations and may subsequently be eligible to practice dentistry in the United States.

The AST consists of didactic courses, pre-clinical simulated courses, and clinical courses involving direct patient care. Students receive extensive clinical experience in the UNE Oral Health Center. In addition, there may be opportunities for AST students to participate in clinical externships at clinical sites in northern New England. Upon matriculation, AST students join the second-year DMD class and study an intense didactic and preclinical curriculum. AST students are not required to take any basic science courses but instead the preparatory semester is designed to integrate students into the second-year class, calibrate students to the first two years of CDM curriculum, and ensure students may safely begin patient care in our Oral Health Center in the summer semester.

Advanced Standing Track Curriculum

During the first semester, AST students will be enrolled in DMD6300: Prosthodontics, DMD6340: Clinical Dentistry 5, DMD6375: Social and Behavioral Health, DMD6301: Applied Biomedical Sciences, and DMD6395 Professional Development 5 with the regularly enrolled second-year students. Additionally, AST students will be enrolled in an intense preparatory course, DMD6400: Advanced Standing Essentials of Clinical Dentistry. This course, in addition to addressing individualized curricular needs, calibrates students to the first two years of the traditional track curriculum and prepares students for entry into CDM’s clinical education program. It includes instruction and skills assessments from the following courses in the first two years of the DMD curriculum: DMD5140: Clinical Dentistry 1, DMD5155: Foundations of Patient Care 1, DMD5170: Principles of Epidemiology, DMD5195: Professional Development 1, DMD5245: Clinical Dentistry 2, DMD5265: Foundations of Patient Care 2, DMD5285: Principles of Public Health, DMD5295: Professional Development 2, DMD6100: Prosthodontics 1, DMD6160: Clinical Dentistry 3, DMD6165: Foundations of Patient Care 3, DMD6190: Patient Care 1, DMD6195: Professional Development 3, DMD6200: Prosthodontics 2, DMD6260: Clinical Dentistry 4, DMD6265: Foundations of Patient Care 4, DMD6285: Patient Care 2, DMD6295: Professional Development 4, and DMD6389: Patient Care 3. From the summer semester until graduation, the AST students participate in the same curriculum as regularly enrolled students.

Exemptions: Holding a dental degree from a foreign institution and having passed the National Dental Board Exams Part I and II will exempt AST students from enrolling in the following courses: DMD5100: Embryology and Histology, DMD5145: Systems 1, DMD5165: Introduction to Dental Sciences, DMD5180: Medical Microbiology, DMD5185: Medical Immunology, DMD5200: Human Anatomy, DMD5215: Systems 2, DMD6105: Systems 3, and DMD6212: Systems 4.

Advanced Standing Track Eligibility

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

Advanced Standing Track Application Process

UNE CDM participates in the ADEA CAAPID (Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists). The following are requirements to apply to the program:

  1. Completed CAAPID application
  2. School-issued document confirming the conferred foreign dental degree (BDS, DDS, DMD, Odontology, etc)
  3. English Language Proficiency as verified by submission of official TOEFL score report
  4. Passage of NBDE Part I and Part II, preferably taken within the last 5 years
  5. Original dental school, non-dental school and all postgraduate program transcripts. Official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
  6. Letters of evaluation
  7. Completed supplemental application
  8. Non-refundable application fee of $100

Additional Requirements: At the time of application, candidates must provide proof of U.S. citizenship (U.S. passport, U.S. 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 AST program.

Interview and Bench Test: Interviews will be conducted on an invitational basis. Only candidates with completed ADEA CAAPID and supplemental applications will be considered for interview. Interviews for the AST 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 the UNE College of Dental Medicine before the interview date.

Translation of Documents: Applicants must submit an original, official, certified English translation of ALL documents that are not prepared in the English language. Photocopies are not acceptable. Each translator must provide an original declaration with each translation attesting to his or her fluency in the particular language and certify under penalty of perjury that the translation is complete and accurate to the best of his or her ability.

See UNE CDM Advanced Standing Track or ADEA CAAPID Program Overview for further information.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

No credit awarded for experiential learning

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