University of New England College of Dental Medicine

Description of Program

The mission of the University of New England College of Dental Medicine (UNE-CDM) is to improve the health of northern New England as well as rural and underserved areas while shaping the future of dentistry through excellence in education, discovery and service.

The Advanced Standing Track (AST) is designed to offer dentists trained outside the United States the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge of the dental profession as practiced in the United States. Graduates will earn a Commission of Dental Accreditation- (CODA-) accredited U.S. Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree. This is a full-time, 29-month track that incorporates the latest in dental practices, equipment and technology as well as principles in public health, health policy and business while providing care to a wide variety of patients.

The program consists of didactic courses, preclinical simulated courses and clinical courses involving direct patient care. Students receive extensive clinical experience in the UNE Oral Health Center. In addition, there may be opportunities for advanced standing students to participate in clinical externships at community-based sites in northern New England. Upon matriculation in January, AST students join the second-year class and study an intense didactic and preclinical curriculum that incorporates aspects of the first two years of the curriculum for regularly enrolled students. The preparatory spring semester is designed to integrate students into the second-year class, calibrate students to the first two years of UNE-CDM curriculum and ensure that students may safely begin patient care in our Oral Health Center in the summer semester. From the summer semester until graduation, the advanced standing students participate in the same curriculum as that of regularly enrolled students.

Upon successful completion of the D.M.D. AST program, graduates are eligible to take appropriate state or regional dental licensure examinations and subsequently, may be eligible to practice dentistry in the United States.

Updated information will be available soon.

Contact Information

University of New England College of Dental Medicine
716 Stevens Avenue  
Portland, ME 04103
(Phone calls and on-campus appointments will not be accepted.)

Program Details

Length of Program: 29 months (7 semesters)
Application Available Date: May 1, 2020
Application Deadline: July 1, 2020
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021
Class Size: 1
Degree Awarded: D.M.D.

Requirements to Apply to Program

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to UNE-CDM must be able to understand, communicate and read English to be admitted to the program. If English is not the candidate’s native language, submission of documentation is required to indicate level of English proficiency. Note the following:

  • UNE accepts several methods of English language proficiency.
  • If an applicant cannot prove English proficiency in another way as indicated in the “English language proficiency” link above, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required and must be submitted as a part of the completed application. Please see “English language proficiency” link above for score minimums.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • Program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and Part II to be considered, preferably taken within the last five years. Passage of both exams is mandatory.
  • All applicants must submit official NBDE Parts I and Part II scores through ADEA CAAPID®.
  • Unofficial score reports sent directly to the UNE-CDM or Graduate Admissions will not be reviewed or considered.

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

ADAT scores will be accepted if submitted via ADEA CAAPID, but they are not required in order to be considered for the program.

Letters of Evaluation

  • Applicants must submit one Letter of Recommendation (in English) from each of the following individuals:
    • Dean or Chief/Senior Administrator of the applicant’s dental school (dean-level preferred);
    • Dental school clinical instructor who is able to evaluate the applicant’s potential; and
    • One professional reference who can attest to the applicant’s character, conduct and professional ability, if applicable.
  • A minimum of three letters of evaluation are required, with no more than four accepted. Only letters submitted via ADEA CAAPID will be accepted. Letters of recommendation from each individual as listed above must meet the following requirements when submitting to ADEA CAAPID:
    • Be written within the last two years,
    • Be written in English or translated by a certified U.S. translator at the applicant’s expense,
    • Include the evaluator’s current contact details and
    • Be signed and dated to be considered valid.
  • Letters of evaluation that are mailed or e-mailed directly to UNE-CDM or Graduate Admissions will not be accepted; only those submitted directly to ADEA CAAPID will be taken into consideration.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • All applicants must submit to ADEA CAAPID an official, detailed, “course-by-course” evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for all transcripts/documents from foreign institutions that are presented as part of the application process.
  • The following materials must be submitted directly to WES or ECE for evaluation:
    • Original certified college (post-secondary) transcripts,
    • Original certified professional education transcripts and
    • Official copy of the diploma and/or degree from the applicant’s dental school program.
  • If the applicant has additional advanced degree(s) and/or additional coursework that has been earned beyond a foreign dental degree, the applicant must provide documentation that states the conferred (Master’s or Doctorate) degree or additional coursework. If it is a non-U.S. degree, provide a WES or ECE “course-by-course” evaluation report that details the U.S. equivalent and credential. Official transcripts for any courses completed at U.S. institutions must be submitted directly to ADEA CAAPID.
  • All applicants must provide a school-issued document confirming the conferred foreign dental degree (B.D.S., D.D.S., D.M.D., Odontology, etc.). Provisional degrees, letters of completion or transcripts will not suffice. No exceptions are made for possession of a dental degree.

Supplemental Application

Supplemental applications to the AST program will be sent directly from UNE Graduate Admissions on an invitational basis via the email provided on your ADEA CAAPID application. Directions for completion of the supplemental application will be included, if sent. The processing fee for all supplemental applications is $100.

Interview and Bench Test

  • Interviews for consideration into the AST program will be sent on an invitational basis. Only candidates with completed ADEA CAAPID and supplemental applications will be considered for interview. Interviews for the program will consist of a bench test, writing sample and face-to-face interviews with UNE-CDM faculty and staff.
  • The fee to complete the interview and bench test is $500 and must be received by the UNE-CDM before the interview date. Directions for payment will be sent to those selected for interview via the email provided on the ADEA CAAPID application.

Translation of Documents

Applicants must submit original, official, certified English translation of all documents that are not prepared in the English language. Photocopies are not acceptable. Each translator must provide an original declaration with each translation, attesting to his or her fluency in the particular language and certify under penalty of perjury that the translation is complete and accurate to the best of his or her ability.

We recommend the following sources for translation:

  1. Your school, 
  2. A translator accredited by the American Translators Association (ATA). Contact at 703-683-6100 or or 
  3. A certified or registered court interpreter. Information on court interpreters is available through the Judicial Council (415-865-7530). The court interpreter must sign the translation and declaration in the presence of a notary public.

Residency Status

  • At the time of application, candidates must provide proof of U.S. citizenship (U.S. passport, U.S. birth certificate, or Certificate of Naturalization), proof of permanent residence (green card) or other appropriate immigration documentation. It is the candidate’s responsibility to maintain their legal status for the duration of their enrollment in the AST program.
  • No exceptions will be made for the requirements listed above. Only applications submitted in their entirety will be considered for admission. Applications must be submitted and completed to ADEA CAAPID by the deadline in order to be considered for admission.