Doctor of Dental Medicine


University of New England
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
207-221-4225 or 800-477-4863, ext. 4225


The mission of the UNE College of Dental Medicine is to improve the health of Northern New England and to help shape the future of dentistry through excellence in education, discovery and service.

Degree Description

The College offers the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) as the professional degree that prepares students for careers as dentists in a variety of practice settings. Students will matriculate with an undergraduate education (minimum 3 years, Bachelors degree preferred). The DMD degree is awarded after successful completion of four years of professional study in the College of Dental Medicine.  

The first two years of the program focus on integrated biomedical sciences and preclinical dental sciences including extensive utilization of dental simulation and early clinical experiences. Students will work closely with faculty and peers while attaining foundational biomedical knowledge and its relationship to patient care. Students commence dental patient simulation in the first term of the program in order to attain, practice and eventually demonstrate preclinical competency in all of the clinical disciplines of dentistry. 

Students engage in clinical experiences across all four years of the program commencing during the first semester of the program primarily through peer-to-peer experiences. During the second year students begin to provide limited patient care and then progress to providing comprehensive patient care in the University-based dental clinic in Portland, Maine with continued didactic and seminar studies. As their clinical education continues, students will be responsible for providing comprehensive general dental care to their family of patients. Throughout their clinical experiences, students will practice as associates in a group practice led by clinical faculty mentors and will provide patient care commensurate with their individual level of education and training.

The fourth year of the program focuses on clinical practice in a distributed, community-based clinical network across Northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont) and beyond. Specifically, students participate in two to three clinical externships across the region in federally qualified community health centers, Veteran’s Administration dental clinics, other non-profit clinics, etc.  

In addition to the experiences in the biomedical sciences, dental sciences and clinical sciences, students will develop knowledge and skills in the areas of professionalism, practice management, public health, and research and scholarship. Students become sophisticated consumers of science through the hands-on, application-oriented professional academic program in which faculty serve as facilitators of knowledge and students are engaged in learning.

The College is committed to providing a safe and effective environment in which students can learn, apply knowledge, develop skills and values, provide patient and community-centered, evidence-based care in an inter-professional practice model, and develop to the level of an independent, competent oral health care provider. 


The American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) granted the University Of New England College Of Dental Medicine’s Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program “initial accreditation” at its August 9-10, 2012 meeting. Students who enter and graduate from a dental program with “initial accreditation” status are eligible for licensure in all states and US territories, and can apply to specialty programs.  

For more information see Accreditation Statement 082112.



Courses Specifics Semester Hours Quarter Hours
General Biology (Zoology is acceptable) Lab 4 6
Microbiology Lab 4 6
General Chemistry Lab 4 6
Organic Chemistry Lab 4 6
Biochemistry   3 4
Additional Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics courses   16 24
English Composition/Technical Writing   3 4

Recommended Courses:

  • Studies that include Human Physiology are strongly recommended.
  • Others:
    • Human Anatomy
    • Physics
    • Business, computers
    • 3-Dimensional Art (e.g., Sculpture)
    • Communications
    • Ethics
    • Histology and/or Genetics

Academic/Experience Requirements

  • College/University Education: formal minimum of three years college or university coursework from a regionally accredited school (90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours); however, baccalaureate degree is preferred.
  • US Dental Admissions Test (DAT): Applicants are required to take and submit DAT scores. The DAT examination must be taken by November 2nd of the application year and scores must be sent directly to ADEA AADSAS from the American Dental Association.
  • Demonstrated Community Service: Applicants must demonstrate community service through volunteerism or service-oriented employment
  • Clinical Dental Experience: Minimum of thirty (30) hours dental experience is required.
  • Technical Standards for Dental Medicine: Applicants must meet all technical standards for the profession.

Prior to Matriculation accepted students must meet the following:

  • Health Standards: Complete and submit the following to the Student Health Center on the Portland campus of UNE (Health Forms)
    • Evidence of immunizations
    • Health history questionnaire
    • Physical examination
  • Criminal Background Check: Consent to and have an acceptable criminal background check prior to matriculation and periodically throughout the program

Procedures and Policies

  • Applications for admissions are accepted through the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)
  • Applications must be submitted to AADSAS by posted deadline. Given the normally heavy volume of applications, it is strongly encouraged that completed applications be submitted as early as possible in the cycle. The AADSAS application portal opens June 3, 2013.
  • Upon request, submit supplemental application and all supplemental materials directly to UNE by the posted deadline.
  • On-campus interviews, by invitation only, are required for admission to the program
  • Applicants are selected for interviews on a rolling basis, with interviews taking place between September and March of each year.
  • UNE follows the AADSAS “traffic” rules and accepted applicants are notified by mail on or after December 1st 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 regionally accredited US institution. See International Applicants for a list of educational credential evaluators. 
  • International applicants must submit the International Student Supplemental Application Form at time of acceptance to the university.
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university. UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, see International Applicants. English Proficiency requirement must be completed at the time of application.
  • Official transcripts for degrees and other prerequisites completed after the submission of the AADSAS application must be submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions prior to matriculation. (This includes all degrees/coursework in progress and planned at the time of submission of the AADSAS application)

The Admission Committee reserves the right to make changes or exceptions to the admission policies and procedures without notice when it deems such a decision is appropriate.

For additional information about the DMD program please access the College of Dental Medicine website.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

No transfer credit will be granted.

Advanced Placement

No Advanced Placement will be granted.

Experiential Learning

No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.

Program Academic and Technical Standards

Academic Program Standards:

Complete confidence in the honor and integrity of the health professions student and health care professional is essential. Such confidence depends entirely on the exemplary behavior of the individual health care provider in his/her relations with patients, faculty and colleagues. Strict honesty as a personal way of life should be nurtured during the period of education for professional service. The dental student shall conduct all aspects of his/her life with honor and integrity. This includes accountability to oneself and to relationships with fellow students, future colleagues, faculty, and patients who come under the student’s care or contribute to his/her training and growth, and members of the general public. This applies to personal conduct that reflects on the student’s honesty and integrity in both academic and non-academic settings, whether or not involving a University sponsored activity. Upon accepting admission to the University, each student subscribes to and pledges complete observance to the University Conduct Policies as outlined in the University of New England Student Handbook program. A violation of these standards is an abuse of the trust placed in every student and could lead to suspension or dismissal.

Technical Standards – abilities and skills:

Candidates for the Doctor of Dental Medicine program must have the intellectual, emotional and physical abilities, with or without accommodations, to acquire the knowledge, technical and clinical skills needed to successfully complete the curriculum in order to pursue a career in dentistry. The essential academic standards presented in this document are pre-requisite for matriculation, subsequent promotion from year to year, and ultimately graduation from the University of New England, College of Dental Medicine. These standards pertain to all matriculated students. All required courses in the curriculum are necessary in order to develop essential skills required to become a competent Dentist. 

Students, including students with disabilities, must have the capacity to manage their lives and anticipate their own needs.  Students must be able to demonstrate the following abilities and skills with or without reasonable accommodation(s). 

  • Observation: A student must be able to observe a patient accurately, at a distance and close up, interpreting non-verbal communications while performing dental operations or administering medications. A student must be able to perform dental examinations and treatments that require the use of sight and touch. He or she must be able to see fine detail, focus at a variety of distances, and discern differences and variations in color, shape, and texture that are necessary to differentiate normal and abnormal soft and hard tissues. He or she must be able to use tactile senses to diagnose directly by palpation and indirectly by sensations transmitted through instruments. A student must also possess the visual acuity to read charts, records, radiographs, small print and handwritten notation.
  • Communication: A student must be able to: communicate effectively and sensitively with patients; convey and exchange information at a level allowing development of a health history; identify problems; explain alternative solutions; and give directions during treatment and post-treatment. A student must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the healthcare team. A student must have sufficient facility with English to: retrieve information from texts and lectures and communicate concepts on written exams and patient charts; elicit patient backgrounds; describe patient changes in moods, activity, and posture; and coordinate patient care with all members of the health care team. A student must be able to communicate in lay language so that patients and their families can understand the patient’s conditions and, thereby, be more likely to comply with treatment and preventative regimes.
  • Motor, Strength and Mobility: A student must possess sufficient motor functioning to execute movements essential to providing oral health care to patients. A student must possess the motor skills to perform palpation, auscultation and other diagnostic maneuvers, basic laboratory tests, diagnostic and restorative procedures. Such actions require coordination of gross and fine muscular, equilibrium, and functional uses of the senses of touch and vision. A student must be able to perform basic life support including CPR, to transfer and position patients with disabilities, to physically restrain himself or herself around the patient and chair in a sitting or standing position. A student must promote and support the ability of coworkers to perform prompt care. A student must be able to operate controls, use high-speed or low-speed dental handpieces for tooth preparation, and use hand instrumentation including scalpels for surgical procedures. A student must be able to maintain strength, posture and reach and manipulate equipment to all positions in order to control the operating environment.
  • Sensory: A student must be able to acquire a predetermined level of required information through demonstrations and experiences in basic and dental science courses. Such information includes, but is not limited to, information conveyed through: a) physiologic and pharmacologic demonstrations, b) microscopic images of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states; and c) demonstration of techniques using dental models. A student must be able to acquire information from written documents, and to evaluate information presented as images from paper, films, slides, or video. A student must be able to benefit from electronic and other instrumentation that enhances visual, auditory, and somatic sensations needed for examination or treatment.
  • Cognitive: A student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate, and synthesize. A student must be able to comprehend three dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures. Problem solving requires all of these intellectual abilities. A student must be able to perform these problem solving skills in a timely manner.
  • Behavioral and Social:  A student must possess the emotional health required for full use of his or her intellectual skills, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients. A student must be able to endure physically-taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. He or she must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interests, and motivations are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admissions and educational processes. A student must be able to manage apprehensive patients with a range of moods and behaviors in a tactful, congenial, personal manner so as not to alienate or antagonize them. A student must be able to interrelate among colleagues, staff, and patients with honesty, integrity, respect, and nondiscrimination.


Graduates of the DMD program must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical, administrative and leadership situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient cares.
The University of New England, College of Dental Medicine acknowledges and complies with Section 504 of the 1973  Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990,as amended, and requires minimum technical standards be present in students accepted into the Doctor of Dental Medicine program.  The college will engage in an interactive process with applicants with disabilities but the College reserves the right not to matriculate any applicant who cannot meet the technical Standards set forth in this section, with reasonable accommodations.
Reasonable accommodation for persons with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual basis, but a student in the Doctor of Dental Medicine program must be able to perform in an independent manner.  Every applicant is considered without regard to disability.  Once accepted, students must complete all elements of the curriculum with or without reasonable accommodations.  In the case of a documented disability, the College must be fully satisfied that the applicant can make progress throughout the curriculum.
Throughout the DMD program, a student will be expected to maintain the technical standards and demonstrate them through their coursework, interaction with peers and faculty, and in their professional experiences.  Students who fail to demonstrate the technical standards while in the program will be evaluated and appropriate action (e.g., remediation, counseling, or dismissal) will be taken.  Because this expectation is separate from the academic achievement,  simply maintaining a passing GPA is not sufficient.  Additionally, individuals who would constitute a direct threat to the health or safety of others are not considered suitable candidates for continued matriculation.
Applicants are not required to disclose the nature of their disability(ies), if any, to the Admissions Committee. However, any applicant with questions about these technical standards is strongly encouraged to discuss his/her specific issues(s) with Disability Services prior to the interview process.  If appropriate, and only upon the request of the applicant, reasonable accommodations will be provided.
When a letter of acceptance to the DMD Program is mailed, a detailed copy of the Technical Standards for completion of the curriculum will be included.  The applicant will be asked to respond in writing either he/she can meet the standards with or without accommodation. The provision of or request for an accommodation for a disability is always voluntary for the student. An applicant should be able to evaluate him or herself for compliance with these Technical Standards.  In the event that accommodation is requested, the student must submit documentation of disability with the proposed accommodation from a certified specialist to UNE’s Disability Services.  A continuing student who develops a disability should request accommodations based on the limitations of the disability through Disability Services.  Individuals unable to meet the Technical Standards for the DMD program may be unable to progress and/or complete the DMD program. 
The College’s Admissions Committee will consider the applicant based on the criteria for admission of all applicants.  An applicant who discloses a disability and requests accommodation in the admission process may be required to submit, in writing, the request for accommodation and pertinent supporting documentation.  The pertinent information may include a history of accommodations granted previously in other education programs.  Request for accommodation may be initiated with UNE’s Disability Services.  

For more information on disabilities and accommodations, please contact the UNE Office of Students with Disabilities.

Curricular Requirements

First Year  
1st Semester  
DMD 5110 Molecular & Cellular Basis of Medicine 4
DMD 5115 Medical Microbiology & Immunology 4
DMD 5125 Gross Anatomy 5
DMD 5135 Dental Anatomy 4
DMD 5140 Clinical Dentistry 1 8
DMD 5150 Foundations of Patient Care 1 7
2nd Semester  
DMD 5220 Nervous System 4
DMD 5225 Head & Neck Anatomy 4
DMD 5230 Cardiovascular System 4
DMD 5235 Musculoskeletal System 2
DMD 5240 Clincal Dentistry 2 12
DMD 5250 Foundations of Patient Care 2 7
DMD 5270 Community Dentistry and Clinical Service Learning 1 1
Second Year  
1st Semester  
DMD 6130 Occlusion and Articulation 3
DMD 6135 Anesthesiology & Pain Control 2
DMD 6140 Clinical Dentistry 3 10
DMD 6150 Foundations of Patient Care 3 6
2nd Semester  
DMD 6215 Renal System 2
DMD 6220 Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition 4
DMD 6225 Endocrine and Reproduction Systems 3
DMD 6230 Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology 4
DMD 6240 Clinical Dentistry 4 15
DMD 6250 Foundations of Patient Care 4 5
3rd Semester  
DMD 6325 Dental Practice Management 2
DMD 6330 Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology 2 w/ Dermal 3
DMD 6340 Clinical Dentistry 5 19
DMD 6350 Foundations of Patient Care 5 4
DMD 6360 Comprehensive Patient Care Introduction 1
DMD 6370 Community Dentistry and Clinical Service Learning 2 1
Third Year  
1st Semester  
DMD 7140 Clinical Dentistry 6 5
DMD 7150 Foundations of Patient Care 6 2.5
DMD 7160 Comprehensive Patient Care 1 20
TOTAL 27.5
2nd Semester  
DMD 7240 Clinical Dentistry 7 4
DMD 7250 Foundations of Patient Care 7 2
DMD 7260 Comprehensive Patient Care 2 32
3rd Semester  
DMD 7340 Clinical Dentistry 8 4
DMD 7350 Foundations of Patient Care 8 2
DMD 7360 Comprehensive Patient Care 3 32
Fourth Year  
1st Semester  
DMD 8140 Clinical Dentistry 9 3
DMD 8150 Foundations of Patient Care 9 2
DMD 8160 Comprehensive Patient Care 4 16
2nd Semester  
DMD 8260 Comprehensive Patient Care 5 TBD
DMD 8270 Community Dentistry and Clinical Service Learning 3 TBD
DMD 8280 Senior Electives/Seminar 1 TBD
3rd Semester  
DMD 8360 Comprehensive Patient Care 6 TBD
DMD 8370 Community Dentistry and Clinical Service Learning 4 TBD
DMD 8380 Senior Electives/Seminar 2 TBD

Learning Outcomes

Competencies for the New General Dentist

(Adopted from the American Dental Education Association)

(Journal of Dental Education July 2011)

The general dentist is the primary oral health care provider supported by dental specialists, allied dental professionals, and other health care providers.  The practice of general dentistry requires a dentist to possess the ability to incorporate understanding, skills and values in an integrated response to clinical and other professional situations.  The competency statements describe the performance of the University of New England College of Dental Medicine graduates as they enter dental practice settings rather than that of students in individual courses.  This document is viewed by the College as dynamic, as the practice of dentistry evolves, the College will revisit its competence. 

1. Critical Thinking
2. Professionalism
3. Communication and Interpersonal Skills
4. Health Promotion
5. Practice Management and Informatics
6. Patient Care
          a. Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
          b. Establishment and Maintenance of Oral Health

1. Critical Thinking

Graduates must be competent to:

1.1. Evaluate and integrate emerging trends in health care as appropriate.
1.2. Utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
1.3. Evaluate and integrate best research outcomes with clinical expertise and patient values for evidence-based practice.

2. Professionalism
Graduates must be competent to:

2.1. Apply ethical and legal standards in the provision of dental care.
2.2. Practice within one’s scope of competence and consult with or refer to professional colleagues when indicated.

3. Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Graduates must be competent to:

3.1. Apply appropriate interpersonal and communication skills.
3.2. Apply psychosocial and behavior principles in patient-centered health care.
3.3. Communicate effectively with individuals from diverse populations.

4. Health Promotion
Graduates must be competent to:

4.1. Provide prevention, intervention, and educational strategies.
4.2. Participate with dental team members and other health care professionals in the management and health promotion for all patients.
4.3. Recognize and appreciate the need to contribute to the improvement of oral health beyond those served in traditional practice settings.

5. Practice Management and Informatics
Graduates must be competent to:

5.1. Evaluate and apply contemporary and emerging information including clinical and practice management technology resources.
5.2. Evaluate and manage current models of oral health care management and delivery.
5.3. Apply principles of risk management, including informed consent and appropriate record keeping in patient care.
5.4. Demonstrate effective business, financial management, and human resource skills.
5.5. Apply quality assurance, assessment, and improvement concepts.
5.6. Comply with local, state and federal regulations including OSHA and HIPAA.
5.7. Develop a catastrophe preparedness plan for the dental practice.

6. Patient Care

A. Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
Graduates must be competent to:

6.1. Manage the oral health care of the infant, child, adolescent, and adult, as well as the unique needs of women, geriatric, and special needs patients.
6.2. Prevent, identify, and manage trauma, oral diseases and other disorders.
6.3. Select, obtain and interpret patient/medical data, including a thorough intra/extra oral examination, and use these findings to accurately assess and manage all patients.
6.4. Select, obtain, and interpret diagnostic images for the individual patient.
6.5. Recognize the manifestations of systemic disease and how the disease and its management may affect the delivery of dental care.
6.6. Formulate a comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and / or referral plan for the management of patients.

B.  Establishment and Maintenance of Oral Health
Graduates must be competent to:

6.7. Utilize universal infection control guidelines for all clinical procedures.
6.8. Prevent, diagnose, and manage pain and anxiety in the dental patient.
6.9. Prevent, diagnose, and manage temporomandibular disorders.
6.10. Prevent, diagnose and manage periodontal diseases.
6.11. Develop and implement strategies for the clinical assessment and management of caries.
6.12. Manage restorative procedures that preserve tooth structure, replace missing or defective tooth structure, maintain function, are esthetic, and promote soft and hard tissue health.
6.13. Diagnose and manage developmental or acquired occlusal abnormalities.
6.14. Manage the replacement of teeth for the partially or completely edentulous patient.
6.15. Diagnose, identify, and manage pulpal and periradicular diseases.
6.16. Diagnose and manage oral surgical treatment needs.
6.17. Prevent, recognize, and manage medical and dental emergencies.
6.18. Recognize and manage patient abuse and/or neglect.
6.19. Recognize and manage substance abuse.
6.20. Evaluate outcomes of comprehensive dental care.
6.21. Diagnose, identify, and manage oral mucosal and osseous diseases.

Glossary of Terms

Competency: a complex behavior or ability essential for the general dentist to begin independent, unsupervised dental practice; it assumes that all behaviors and skills are performed with a degree of quality consistent with patient well-being and that the general dentist can self-evaluate treatment effectiveness.

Critical thinking: the process of assimilating and analyzing information; this encompasses an interest in finding new solutions, a curiosity with an ability to admit to a lack of understanding, a willingness to examine beliefs and assumptions and to search for evidence to support these beliefs and assumptions, and the ability to distinguish between fact and opinion.

Curriculum guidelines (content): the relevant and fundamental information that is taught for each category of foundation knowledge; these are to be used as curriculum development aids and should not be construed as recommendations for restrictive requirements.

Domain: a broad, critical category of activity for the general dentist.

Emerging technologies: current and future technologies used in patient care, including technology for biomedical information storage and retrieval, clinical care information, and technologies for use at the point of care.

Evidence-based dentistry: an approach to oral health care that requires the judicious integration of systematic assessments of clinically relevant scientific evidence relating to the patient’s oral and medical condition and history integrated with the dentist’s clinical expertise and the patient’s treatment needs and preferences.

Foundation knowledge and skills: the basic essential knowledge and skills linked to and necessary to support a given competency; these would serve to help guide curriculum in dental schools, assist educators in removing irrelevant, archaic information from current curricula, aid in including important new information, and help test construction committees develop examinations based upon generally accepted, contemporary information.

General dentist: the primary dental care provider for patients in all age groups who is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs.

Health promotion: public health actions to protect or improve oral health and promote oral well-being through behavioral, educational, and enabling socioeconomic, legal, fiscal, environmental, and social measures; it involves the process of enabling individuals and communities to increase control over the determinants of health and thereby improve their health; includes education of the public to prevent chronic oral disease.

Informatics: applications associated with information¬ and technology used in health care delivery; the data and knowledge needed for problem-solving and decision making; and the administration and man-management of information and technology in support of patient care, education, and research.

Interprofessional health care: the delivery of health care by a variety of health care practitioners in a cooperative, collaborative, and integrative manner to ensure care is continuous and reliable.

Management: includes all actions performed by a health care provider that are designed to alter the course of a patient’s condition; such actions may include providing education, advice, treatment by the general dentist, treatment by the general dentist after consultation with another health care professional, referral of a patient to another health care professional, and monitoring the treatment provided; it may also include providing no treatment or observation.

Patient-centered care: the ability to identify, respect, and care about patients’ differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs; relieve pain and suffering; coordinate continuous care; listen to, clearly inform, communicate with, and educate patients; share decision making and management; and continuously advocate disease prevention, wellness, and promotion of healthy lifestyles, including a focus on population health.

Problem-solving: the process of answering a question or achieving a goal when the path or answer is not immediately obvious, using an acceptable heuristic or strategy such as the scientific method.

Special needs care: an approach to oral health management tailored to the individual needs of people with a variety of medical conditions or physical and mental limitations that require more than routine delivery of oral care; special care encompasses preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services.

Academic Policy

Academic & Professional Standards Committee

The College of Dental Medicine’s Academic & Professional Standards Committee (APSC) is charged: 

To develop, distribute, update and implement policies for the evaluation of dental student performance, including policies for grading, promotion and graduation of students. It shall also be responsible for implementing and enforcing policies and shall make recommendations to the Dean regarding promotion or graduation of each student. The Committee shall follow guidelines in full accord with the rules of the University of New England and the requirements of due process.

The APSC will convene to review student progress at the conclusion of each academic term. Additionally, the APSC meets on a regular basis to monitor student progress based on input from course directors, clinical faculty and community-based preceptors. During the 3rd and 4th years of the program, students are evaluated to determine their readiness to enter the Community-Based Education program based on the demonstration of adequate progress toward clinical and professional competence.

Grading Policies

For Graded Courses: Students will receive a letter grade based on the following:

Range Final Grade
90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
<69% or
unsuccessful remediation
Incomplete* I

For Pass/Fail Courses: Students will receive a letter grade based on the following:

Score Final Grade
Pass P
Fail(<70) F
Incomplete* I

W = Withdrawal
I = Incomplete

*Incomplete Grade (I): An Incomplete (I) indicates that a student has not been able to finish all required work for issuance of a letter grade. An "I" must be replaced before the student registers for the next academic term, unless other arrangements are made with the instructor and the Dean of the College of Dental Medicine.

Dental Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 on a yearly basis to be considered to be making satisfactory academic and professional progress and to be considered for promotion to the next academic year. Official grades are submitted to the Registrar by the Dean of the College of Dental Medicine (CDM), at which time the online student records system is updated. Official grade reports and unofficial transcripts will be available on the student records system throughout the academic year. Class rank is not reported on transcripts.


Promotion is defined as academic and professional progression from one academic year to the next. The APSC will recommend students to the Dean of the College for promotion. Students will be ineligible for progression from one academic year to the next if any of the following apply:

  • The student has a grade of "I" or "F" in a required course
  • The final grade point average (GPA) is below 2.0 or a yearly cumulative GPA is below 2.0
  • Unpaid tuition and fees

An essential element of the academic program is professionalism. Professionalism will be emphasized throughout the curriculum and is a stand-alone element in determining academic advancement and achievement. Students may be ineligible for progression from on academic year to the next if the student has unprofessional conduct violations.


To be eligible for graduation, a student must:

  • Not be on academic suspension or probation
  • Have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and have no outstanding grades of "I" or "F"
  • Have successfully taken and passed the national Dental Examination Part I
  • Have successfully completed all prescribed academic requirements or is expected to complete all requirements by the subsequent date of August 31 including:
    • All courses/modules
    • Have demonstrated competency for all UNE-CDM DMD Competencies
    • Have completed the online UNE CDM Graduation Survey and the online ADEA Senior Survey
    • Completed and submitted a UNE-CDM DMD Student Sign-out Sheet
    • Completed required clinical externships.
  • Have demonstrated appropriate ethical, professional and personal conduct, as defined in the University Student Handbook and the College of Dental Medicine Academic Standards needed on page 5, thus making it appropriate to award the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine
  • Be expected to march with his/her class in the graduation ceremony, unless the Dean or President has granted special permission.  If special permission is granted to be excused from graduation, the graduate may be required to present himself/herself at a later date to the Dean of the College of Dental medicine to receive the diploma and take a required professional oath.
  • Have complied with all the legal and financial requirements of the University and College

Probation or Academic Suspension

Students may be placed on Probation or Academic Suspension for the following reasons:

  1. Inadequate academic progress as determined by the Academic and Professional Standards Committee.  This includes, but is not limited to, receiving and "F" in any course or system
  2. A grade point average below 2.0
  3. When directed to repeat a year for academic reasons
  4. Failure to perform in a professional manner
  5. Serious deficiencies in ethical or personal conduct

Students on Academic Suspension are not registered as an active matriculate and should use this time to remediate for the deficiency for which the Academic Suspension was levied.

On campus students on probation must meet with their faculty advisor at least once a month. Off campus students on probation must contact their faculty advisor once a month. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the faculty advisor to arrange these meetings.

A first or second year student on probation for receiving a grade of "F" or for a GPA less than 2.0 in the first semester will be removed from probation after one semester provided he/she has regained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and has remediated the failed course.

A third or fourth year student on probation because of a grade of "F" must remediate the course or clinical rotation. The student will then be reviewed by the APSC at the end of the academic year and may be recommended for continuation on, or removal from, probation.

Students on probation are to remove themselves from all leadership roles in co-curricular activities associated with the University and/or with professional associations.

Grade /Penalty Appeal

(e.g., Grade, a Final Grade, and Exclusion from a course, lab or clinic):

The first level of the appeal is at the academic course level from which the grade or penalty was issued. Within five (5) working days after receipt of the grade or penalty, the student must request a review by the College’s course director. In the event of an inability to satisfactorily resolve the matter at this level, the student must submit his/her appeal in writing to the Associate Dean within ten (10) days after the grade or penalty was received. The decision of the Associate Dean is final.


The educational objectives that underlie remedial teaching and evaluation should be the same as the educational objectives that underlie regular courses in the curriculum. Dental students, who receive an "F" in a course or a cumulative GPA below a 2.0, will be reviewed by the APSC.

Where deemed appropriate, the APSC, after consultation with the course instructor and/or the Dean (or his/her designee) may recommend any one of the following options: 

  1. Repeat the course or rotation
  2. Remediation
  3. No remediation
  4. Repeat the academic year
  5. Dismissal from the program

A student who is required to remediate a course must be notified in writing by the Dean at least 15 working days prior to the remediation date, or within 15 working days after the close of the academic year in which the student is presently enrolled, whichever comes first.

Notification must either be sent by Certified Mail or hand-delivered to the student and must be acknowledged with the signatures of the Dean (or his/her designee) and the student.

Numerical scores or grades earned during an attempted remediation of a course, system, or clinical rotation will be reviewed critically by the APSC and the Dean of the College of Dental Medicine. Failure to earn a passing may result in dismissal from the College or repeating the academic year.

Upon successful completion of remediation, the new grade earned will be reported to the Registrar’s Office and become part of the official student transcript and be included in the calculation of the grade point average. The original grade of "F" will remain on the transcript but not be included in the calculation of the grade point average.

Decisions regarding remediation will be made on an individual basis after considering all pertinent circumstances. The decision will be made by the Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, based upon the recommendation of the APSC. The Committee will base its recommendation on the student’s academic record and other considerations after consultation with the student’s faculty advisor, course instructor, Dean (or his/her designee) clinical preceptor, and the student involved, as is appropriate.


The University may require withdrawal at any time it deems necessary to safeguard its standards of scholarship, conduct, and orderly operation. Examples of reasons the Academic & Professional Standards Committee will recommend dismissal of a student include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Receiving a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 at the end of an academic year
  2. Receiving a final grade of "F" in two or more courses totaling 25% or more of the total credit hours for the first or second year*
  3. Receiving a grade of "F" in two or more clinical rotations in one academic year
  4. Receiving a final percentage score of 69% or below (a letter grade of "F") in a remediated course or clinical rotation
  5. Violation of Student Code of Conduct or failure to maintain Professional Standards

*The Committee may recommend dismissal for a student receiving a final grade of "F" in three or more courses or systems, even if the total unsatisfactory credit hours do not exceed 25% of the total credit hours for the first or second years.

Student Appeal Process

At the conclusion of each academic term, the Academic & Professional Standards Committee will review whether students have met the established criteria for progression in the dental curriculum. Recommendations by the APSC for repeat of an academic year or dismissal from the dental program are advisory to the Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, who will make the decision.

In the event that the APSC has made a preliminary determination to recommend an adverse action, such as dismissal or the repeat of an academic year, the student is offered an opportunity to meet in person with the Committee, prior to the Committee forwarding its final recommendation to the Dean of the College of Dental Medicine. At such time, the student may present any information relative to the preliminary recommendation. In reviewing a student at risk of an adverse action, the Dean may be present for deliberations. A representative may also accompany the student; however, the representative may not be an attorney. The Committee will have an opportunity to review the additional information, if presented, and will then make a final recommendation to the Dean. The Dean will inform the student of the final decision in writing.

The student may submit a process appeal to the Provost within 5 days of the time the adverse decision is communicated to the student. The Provost has 5 days to determine whether a University Academic Appeals is warranted. If the Provost determines that the University Academic Appeals is not warranted, then the decision is final. If the Provost determines that a University Academic Appeal is warranted, than an Academic Appeal Review Committee will be established according to the UNE Student Handbook, Article IX.E


Attendance is expected at all scheduled instructional periods, and is considered part of being a member of a profession. Students are expected to be in class on time and stay for the duration of the class time. Absence from instructional periods for any reason does not relieve the student from responsibility for the material covered during the periods missed.

Students must obtain prior approval by the Course Director and/or Course Instructor(s) to be absent from classes with guest speakers, laboratory sessions, Simulation Clinic, Clinics and Community Rotations.

Scheduled course assessments may not be missed unless alternative scheduling has been prearranged with and approved by the Course Director and/or Course Instructor(s). Students may not begin an examination more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time. For a student to take any examination/quiz outside of the scheduled time, the student must have prior approval of the Associate Dean. A student, who cannot attend an examination/quiz due to unforeseen circumstances, including illness, should email: and the Course Director as soon as possible prior to or after the examination has been administered. A written explanation of the absence (including documentation) must be provided to the Associate Dean and the Course Director the next day the student is on campus.

If a student misses an examination, the Associate Dean, in consultation with the Course Director, will determine whether the absence is excused or unexcused. If the absence is excused, the student will be permitted to take a make-up examination, the nature and time of which will be at the discretion of the Course Director; the student will receive full credit for the makeup examination.

If the absence is unexcused (e.g., failure to show up for a written or practical examination without a valid excuse as determined by the Associate Dean and the Course Director), this is grounds for summary failure (a score of zero) for that examination.

In the case of an unexcused absence and subsequent summary failure, the student will be referred to the Course Director regarding required remediation. If the student fails to take either a make-up or a remediation examination at the time designated by the Course Director, without a valid excuse as delineated above, this will be grounds for summary failure (a score of zero) of that examination and referral to the Academic & Professional Standards Committee. In such a case, a the Course Director will submit a written report to the Associate Dean, with a copy sent to the Chair of the Academic & Professional Standards Committee and the Dean of the College of Dental Medicine for appropriate disposition.

Student Health Standards

Students must show evidence of meeting various health standards prior to or at the time of matriculation as well as throughout the program. Specific requirements follow.

Matriculation: Prior to enrollment, the student must submit documentation to the Student Health Center on the Portland Campus of UNE for the following:

  1. Immunizations:
    • 2 -MMR or MMR titer (or MMR booster)
    • TDAP or TD
    • 3 - Hepatitis B or HEP B titer (or HEP B booster)
    • 2 Varicella or lab titer
    • 2-step TB testing within one year prior to date of matriculation
  2. Physical Examination - on UNE Physical Examination Form
  3. Health History Questionnaire - on UNE Health History Questionnaire Form

In order to ensure everyone's safety, students who do not comply with the requirements in 1, 2 and 3 may not be allowed to return to campus until the requirements are met.

Annual: By September 15th of the D2, D3 and D4 years, submit documentation to the Student Health Center on the Portland Campus of UNE of a 2-step TB test (dated within one year of the due date).

Student-Specific: Additionally, students must comply with student-specific health requests as communicated through the CDM Office of Academic Affairs.

Competencies for the New General Dentist
(Adopted from the American Dental Education Association)
(Journal of Dental Education, July 2011)

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.

Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog

This Catalog documents the academic programs, policies, and activities of the University of New England for the 2013-2014 academic year. The information contained herein is accurate as of date of publication August 12, 2013.

The University of New England reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its programs, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, canceling of scheduled classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

While each student may work closely with an academic advisor, he or she must retain individual responsibility for meeting requirements in this catalog and for being aware of any changes in provisions or requirements.

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