Grounded in its mission to improve the health of Northern New England as well as rural and underserved areas while shaping the future of dentistry through excellence in education, discovery, and service, our college is continually evolving to provide one of the most innovative and exciting dental education programs in the country.

The UNE College of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing Track (AST) graduates would earn the same United States Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree as conventionally enrolled DMD students. This program offers dentists trained outside of the United States the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge of the dental profession as practiced in the U.S. at a college that exemplifies an environment that is creative, humanistic, promotes professionalism, cultivates diversity, and welcomes students as professional colleagues.

College of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing Track

Our 29-month program is designed for international dental school graduates who wish to practice in the United States. The program incorporates the latest in dental practice, equipment, and technology; principles in public health, health policy, and business; and the opportunity to provide care to a wide variety of patients.

Accepted students will receive a customized curricular plan for their first semester that is based on their individual needs and takes into account previous coursework, for which advanced standing credit may be awarded. After successfully completing their first preparatory semester (Spring), AST students will integrate into the rising third-year (D3) cohort for the Summer term, during which they will begin patient care in the Oral Health Center. 

Cost Tuition Fees*
Year 1 (Spring 2019) $42,882 $5,600
Year 2 (Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 $85,763 $11,200
Year 3 (Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 $85,763 $11,200

*Fees do not include required laptop computer, dental surgical loupes, and CDCA and/or WREB costs.

Why Choose UNE?

  • 29-month program leads to U.S. D.M.D. degree
  • Small class sizes with supportive faculty and staff
  • State-of-the-art simulation clinic and patient care clinic 
  • Group practice model utilized to deliver comprehensive, patient-centered care in the UNE Oral Health Center
  • University-wide emphasis on interprofessional education
  • Extensive community-based education program across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
  • A vibrant student experience

Why Choose Portland, ME?

  • Named “America’s Most Livable City” by Forbes, “Best Town in the East” by Outside and “Foodiest Small Town in America” by Bon Appetit
  • UNE’s Portland campus is just a short drive from the waterfront
  • One of the nation's most livable small cities
  • Accessible public transportation
  • A wealth of arts and cultural institutions
  • Home to an international airport


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