Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry

Description of Program

The Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry (Meharry SOD) International Track Program is an advanced standing program for dentists who have completed their dental training outside of a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited U.S. or Canadian dental program. The program begins with a six-week, individualized training and assessment module centered on comprehensive preclinical dentistry and its biomedical applications. After the international student has successfully navigated the six-week curriculum, the student must complete the two-year clinical program to graduate. During the final year of this International Track, the student must complete the Final Clinical Competency Examination (FCCE) course. The FCCE is the same course offered to the traditional Predoctoral Track and is used to assess the competence of all students—International as well as Traditional (or Standard) Track. 

Contact Information

Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd. Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208
Telephone: 615-327-6998                                         
Email: admissions@mmc.edu

Program Details

Length of Program: 4 years
Program Deadline: Dec. 4, 2020
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021                    
Class Size: 10                     
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.



Requirements for Applying to Program

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • All applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a total score of 100 or more to be considered for admission. (No waiver will be given.)
  • Must submit TOEFL scores via the American Dental Education Association Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (ADEA CAAPID®). Only computer-based TOEFL scores are accepted (not paper based).

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • To be considered for admission, applicant must pass National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Parts I and II prior to the application deadline. A minimum score of 75 or “Pass” result is required. Passage must be within the last five years.
  • Submit official scores via ADEA CAAPID.

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

  • Completion of the ADAT is accepted, but not required for admission to the program.

Personal Essay

  • Program requires an essay that is at least 1.5 pages and single-spaced, discussing why you would like to attend Meharry SOD.

Letters of Evaluation

  • Program requires three Letters of Evaluation (in English) via ADEA CAAPID.
  • Program requires one Letter of Evaluation from a former teacher who worked with the applicant in a clinical or educational setting who can attest to the applicant’s character, conduct and professional ability.
  • Program prefers one Letter of Evaluation to come from the Dean of the dental school from which the applicant graduated.
  • All submitted evaluations must be submitted on appropriate letterhead and signed to be considered.

Transcripts and Evaluations


Application Fee

  • After receipt of your verified ADEA CAAPID applications, instructions will be sent via email for a school-specific Supplemental Application.
  • Send a $175 non-refundable Supplemental Application fee to Meharry SOD (not to ADEA CAAPID). The application is considered complete only if the fee is paid prior to the application deadline.
  • Certified funds, Cashier’s Check or Money Order (in U.S. dollars) payable to Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry. (Please include your ADEA CAAPID ID# and First/Last Name on the Cashier’s Check/Money Order.)
  • Cash, credit/debit cards, and/or personal checks will not be accepted.

Additional Information

  • Entering students will be required to complete a criminal background check.
  • Offers of admission are not considered final and enrollment is not permitted until completion of the criminal background check with results deemed favorable by Meharry SOD.