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: 10
  • 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.


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

National Board Dental Examination Requirements

  • Program requires passage of Part I & II NBDE to be considered for admission. Both exams are mandatory.
  • Must submit original NDBE I & II score report directly from the ADA to Columbia Admissions Office at
  • Candidate’s copies are 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 either ECE or WES

Application Fees

  • A non-refundable check or money order (from a US Bank) in the amount of $100 made payable to "Columbia University".
  • Make sure your name is clearly legible on the check so we could match it up to your application.
  • Credit cards are not accepted at this time
  • The check must include your name and CAAPID number.
  • Please read our Privacy Policy with regards to application fees.

Other things to consider

  • NYS Licensure requires 6 years of education prior to the Advanced Standing program (1 year pre-professional, 5 year professional)
  • Bench test will be administered at the time of interview; interviews are by invitation only
  • 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


Ms. Diana Lugo

Admissions Office
Advanced Standing Program
630 West 168 Street, PH7 West 318
New York, NY 10032

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