Advanced Standing

Application to the Second Year Class (Advanced Standing - for graduates of foreign dental schools)

Graduates who have received a doctoral degree in dentistry from an institution not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada may apply for admission to the College of Dentistry on an advanced standing basis. However, the admissions of advanced standing students is a discretionary function of the College of Dentistry.

Advanced Standing applicants who apply for admission to the predoctoral program on an advanced standing basis are normally considered for the entrance at the beginning of the second year. Due to the nature of the college’s curriculum and the necessity of having space in the second year class, very few requests for advanced standing can be accommodated.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States ("Green Card" holder) or have an F-1 visa (H-4. F-2, O-3, or TD will not be accepted due to the nature of expected hospital rotations as a student). Applicants must have passed Part I and Part II of the National Board Exam and completed TOEFL with a total score of 80 at the time of application. In addition, candidates must submit an evaluation of their academic credentials via the World Education Service.

The Advanced Standing Program is now closed. Please check back in the months of February and March for available openings in the program.

If openings are available in the program, during the month of March a link will direct prospective applicants to the application process, which has a fee of $75. Applications will be accepted during this month only. If you have questions about the application please contact Andrea Jordan at 901-448-1035. Please send all official documentation (National Board Scores, TOEFL scores, and transcript evaluations) to Andrea Jordan, 910 Madison, Suite 520, Memphis, TN 38163.

In April, the applications will be reviewed and some students will be invited to campus for a three day Skills Test in which a candidate’s dental hand skills will be tested. Specific details about the test are never provided to applicants. The applicant should expect the Skills Test to examine hand skills techniques of a typical first year student. The fee for this testing is $2500.

Applicants passing the hand skills testing may then be invited to join the class which is expected to begin in late June. A decision on all applicants will be made by June 1.

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College of Dentistry
Office of Admissions & Student Affairs

875 Union Avenue
S-102 Dunn Bldg.
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-6268
Fax: 901-448-1625