Who Can Apply?

Our goal is to identify and accept the very best students. There are a maximum of ten positions available for each program.


  • Dentist Applicants must have a DDS/DMD degree or its equivalent from a dental school.
  • Dental hygienist applicants for the certificate program must have completed the professional training in dental hygiene and must have at least a baccalaureate degree in any major.
  • Applicants who graduated from a US dental or  dental hygiene program must provide National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) scores (Part 1 and 2) or National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) Score from ADA.
  • Applicants with foreign degrees are eligible to apply and will be considered individually upon an evaluation of their ECE translated transcripts, curriculum vitae, and training.
  • Applicants must provide tangible evidence of their long-term interest in the field of geriatric dentistry, explained in detail in the personal essay and in evaluations or letters of recommendations from individuals other than the candidate. This evidence can come in the form of voluntary observation in a Special Need Patients clinic; formal specialized training in the field; papers and publications associated with geriatric dentistry; or presentations, lectures or abstracts presented on topics relevant to the field of geriatric dentistry.
  • Applicants are expected to have a strong background in the biological and health sciences. Evidence of the applicant’s scholarship ability will come from their transcripts, as well as three letters of recommendation from individuals who directly taught or worked with the candidate when s/he was a student.  If the applicant has been engaged in private practice, letters from colleagues and individuals of prominence in his/her community that can speak to his/her ethics and abilities as a practicing dentist are acceptable.
  • Applicants originating from a country where English is not the primary language and who do not have a bachelor degree from a US college or university must also take the TOEFL examination (see subsection TOEFL)
  • All applicants, whether they graduated from a US or a foreign dental/dental hygiene program, must have good conversational and written fluency in English. Evidence for this will come from the submitted materials and from the mandatory face-to-face or video interview.
  • Finally we do strongly consider the intangibles, such as life experience, overcoming adversity, persistence, and any extracurricular activities that add value in our search for the best candidates. These intangibles are usually identified in the letters of recommendation, the personal statement and the interview.