Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Description of Program

The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (Columbia CDM) Advanced Standing Program (ASP) 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 (D.D.S.) degree.

Please submit your application through ADEA CAAPID.®

Contact Information

Ms. Diana Lugo
Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine
Admissions and Student Affairs
630 West 168 Street, PH 7 West
New York, NY, 10032
Telephone: 212-305-3478

Program Details

Length of Program: 30 months
Program Deadline: June 1, 2021
Start Date: January 3, 2022  
Class Size: 15
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

Requirements to Apply to Program

Preference will be given to those applicants who are U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents and graduated from a recognized foreign dental school.

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • All applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to be considered for admission.
  • Accept Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) scores only.
  • 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 NBDE Parts I and II to be considered for admission. Both exams are mandatory.
  • Must submit original NBDE Parts I and II results directly from the American Dental Association to Columbia Admissions Office at
  • Candidate copies are not accepted.

Other Examinations

  • The Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) is accepted but not required.

Letters of Evaluation

  • Letters of Recommendation from one faculty member and the academic dean of the original dental school, as well as one postdoctoral reference, if applicable.
  • Applicants must provide letters of evaluation directly to ADEA CAAPID.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Columbia CDM requires Advanced Standing applicants to the D.D.S. program to provide official evaluation of all documents from foreign institutions that are presented as part of the application process.
  • Applicants must submit to ADEA CAAPID a detailed evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). (Columbia CDM does not accept the World Education Services.)

Application Fees

Other Things to Consider

  • New York State Licensure  requires six years of education prior to the Advanced Standing program (one year pre-professional, five years professional). 
  • In addition to the supplemental fee of $100, there may be a supplemental application.
  • Upon acceptance, you may be subject to a background check with Certiphi screening.
  • At the time of matriculation, drug testing will be required as it is required of all clinical students at Columbia CDM.
  • A bench test will be administered at the time of interview; interviews are by invitation only.
  • After acceptance, a deposit of $5,000 will be required.

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.