Last updated on January 12, 2024.

University of New England College of Dental Medicine

Program Size
TBD (estimate)
Program Length
29 months

Program Contact

Sari Hazzard Admissions Coordinator

University of New England College of Dental Medicine

716 Stevens Avenue

Portland, ME 04103

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Please note that the University of New England's Doctor of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing Track (DMD AST) is available on a space-available basis only. Please check back in Spring 2024 for updated information about the 2024-2025 application cycle.

Located in beautiful Portland, ME, 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 UNE CDM Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) 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 (DMD) 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 DMD 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 (the first semester of the D3 year).

From the D3 summer semester until graduation, AST 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.


Program Information

Degree Awarded D.M.D.
Program Size TBD (estimate)
Program Length 29 months
Supplemental Application Yes
Supplemental Fee Yes
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or hold U.S. legal permanent resident status (green card) Yes
Bench Test Yes
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

  • NBDE
  • Other

Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental application
  • Requires supplemental fee

Citizenship and Immigration Eligibility

At the time of application, candidates must provide proof of U.S. citizenship (U.S. passport, U.S. birth certificate, or Certificate of Naturalization) or proof of permanent residence (Green Card) or other appropriate immigration documentation.

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), World Education Services (WES)

All applicants must submit, through ADEA CAAPID application, original dental school, non-dental school, and all postgraduate program transcripts. For all foreign transcripts, applicants must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

Letters of Evaluation Instructions

Applicants must submit one Letter of Recommendation (in English) from each of the following individuals:

  1. Dean or Chief/Senior Administrator of the applicant’s dental school (dean-level preferred);
  2. Dental school clinical instructor who is able to evaluate the applicant’s potential;
  3. 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 the ADEA CAAPID evaluation portal will be accepted.

Letters of recommendation from each individual as listed above must meet the following requirements when submitting to ADEA CAAPID:

  • 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 signature (or at least a signature block)

Letters of recommendation dated within 2 years strongly preferred.

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

All applicants to the UNE CDM must be able to understand, communicate and read English to be admitted to the DMD AST. Applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency at the time of application as required by UNE: Please note the criteria specific to UNE Graduate Programs.

National Board Requirement Instructions

Program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and Part II or the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE), preferably taken within the last five years. Passage of both the NBDE Parts I and II (or INBDE) is mandatory.

Other Requirement Instructions


To be eligible for admission, applicants must have a dentist's degree from a non-U.S./Canadian dental school. All applicants must provide a legible color scan of original, school-issued document confirming the conferred foreign dental degree (B.D.S., D.D.S., D.M.D., Odontology, etc.). Official English translation is required for all documents that are not prepared in the English language.

All applicants accepted to UNE's Doctor of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing Track must complete a criminal background check with satisfactory results prior to matriculation.