Advanced Standing Program for Foreign Trained Dentists

The Advanced Standing Program for Foreign Trained Dentists is designed for graduates of a recognized foreign dental school who want to practice dentistry in the United States. The two and a half year full-time program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) leads to the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.

Program Details

  • Length of program: 30 months
  • Application Deadline: August 1
  • Program start date: January 2
  • Class size: 15
  • Degree awarded: DDS

How to Apply

Please submit your application through ADEA CAAPID.

Preference will be given to applicants who are US citizens or US permanent residents who graduated from a recognized foreign dental school.

Requirements

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language
  • All applicants must take the TOEFL to be considered for admission
  • We accept internet based TOEFL (iBT) scores only
  • Applicants must submit original TOEFL score report directly to program (not to ADEA CAAPID)
  • A minimum score of 100 on the iBT
  • The institution code for Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is 2094

National Board Dental Examination Requirements

  • Program requires passage of Part I & II NBDE or the INBDE to be considered for admission. Exams are mandatory.
  • Must submit original NBDE I & II or the INBDE score report directly from the ADA to Columbia Admissions Office at cdm-postgradforms@columbia.edu
  • Candidate’s copies will not accepted.

Letter of Evaluation

  • Letters of recommendation from one faculty member and the academic dean of the original dental school, as well as one post-doctoral reference, if applicable.
  • Applicants must provide Letters of Evaluation, sent directly to ADEA CAAPID.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Transcript evaluation- Columbia University College of Dental Medicine requires Advanced Standing applicants to the DDS Program to provide official evaluation of all documents from foreign institutions that are presented as part of the application process. Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID a detailed evaluation by ECE.

Other things to consider

  • Not a CDM Admissions requirement BUT in order to obtain your NYS Licensure, NYS requires 6 years of education prior to the Advanced Standing program (1 year pre-professional, 5 year professional)
  • During your first semester, drug testing will be required (as is required of all Clinical students at CUMC)
  • After acceptance, deposit of $5,000 will be required
  • Bench test will be administered at the time of interview; interviews are by invitation only

Bench Test Preparation Course

The College of Dental Medicine (CDM) is please to offer a continuing education course entitled, "Update in Restorative Dentistry". This 5-day course is designed primarily to assist internationally trained dentists to update their skills in operative dentistry and fixed prosthodontics. This non-credit certificate program will include didactic and laboratory hands-on sessions supervised by faculty members in CDM's Section of Cariology and Restorative Sciences, Division of Operative Dentistry. Enrollment will be limited to ten (10) participants which will allow for suitable faculty instruction and supervision. For an application and additional information, please contact:

Joseph McManus, DMD, MS, MHA, MBA, FACD

Senior Associate Dean of Admissions

jmm10@cumc.columbia.edu

Application Fee

  • An application fee in the amount of $100 is required.
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  • All application fees are non-refundable (this includes duplicate payments)

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Contact

College of Dental Medicine, Admissions Office
630 West 168th Street
PH 7 West Room 318
New York, NY 10032
United States

Tuition and Fees

Information on the cost for the Advanced Standing Program as well as information regarding financial aid can be found at: Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid