Advanced Standing Dental Program

Description of Program

The UNMC College of Dentistry Advanced Standing Dental Program allows dentists educated outside of the United States the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree.

Completion of our Advanced Standing D.D.S. program fulfills educational requirements for eligibility for licensure examinations and postgraduate training (i.e., a residency), which ultimately leads to licensure in all US states and territories.


The UNMC College of Dentistry Advanced Standing Dental Program has been developed for individuals who have completed the equivalent of a D.M.D. or D.D.S. program in a non-U.S. or Canadian accredited dental school. It is intended for individuals who are interested in pursuing a dental career in the U.S. or are interested in returning to their country with additional skills acquired in a U.S. accredited D.D.S. program. This program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Program Details

Length of Program: 29 months
Application Opens: March
Application Deadline: July 1
Start Date: January 4, 2021
Class Size: 4-6
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

UNMC College of Dentistry’s Mission, Vision and Values

The mission of the UNMC College of Dentistry is to continually improve the oral health of the people of Nebraska and beyond through a humanistic approach to education, extraordinary patient care, and innovative research.

UNMC COD will transform oral healthcare in Nebraska by implementing exceptional education, collaborative research, community service, and integration with the healthcare team to achieve patient-centered care.

We value our strong sense of community. We are committed to compassionate care, collaborative learning, and the continuous exploration of knowledge. We demonstrate integrity, accountability, intellectual curiosity, and passion in everything we do. We respect diversity and its contributions to our culture of excellence.