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The University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine offers an Advanced Placement Program for internationally trained dentists and upon completion they will earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. The program consists of a five weeks summer course followed by two years of full-time dental curriculum comprising both third and fourth years of dental school.

Eligibility

Admission to the Advanced Placement Program is highly competitive. Applicants are encouraged to apply for admission well before the deadline of November 1 st. Graduates from international dental schools who have satisfactorily completed an academic program of studies culminating in a degree, diploma or certificate in dentistry recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the country in which the school is located, will be considered for admission to the School. Candidates must submit their credentials to an international credential evaluation service (http://www.ece.org) for proper evaluation. Candidates must pass Part I of the National Dental Board Examination and have the official score report sent to the Office of Admission. Candidates must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) http://www.toefl.org/ and have the official score report sent directly to the Office of Admissions of the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. Student copies of the score reports are not acceptable. Proficiency in the Spanish language is required as well as ample knowledge of English. Candidates will be contacted in writing or electronically to schedule a personal interview and a Practical Test (Bench Test) where a set of standard dental procedures will be examined.

This program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, as well as international students, but is mainly targeted for dentists with dental degrees from Spanish speaking international dental schools. Proficiency of the Spanish language will be assessed during the interview process.

Candidates applying to the Advanced Placement Program of the University of Puerto Rico wishing to apply for licensure to practice dentistry in Puerto Rico after completing the program must comply with the licensure requirements of the Puerto Rico Dental Board in order to practice dentistry in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. One of the requirements is to complete 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours of predental education from an accredited College or University. These semester hours should include the following courses:

  • Spanish: 12 Semester Hours – 18 Quarter Hours
  • English: 12 Semester Hours – 18 Quarter Hours
  • Biology or Zoology : 8 Semester Hours – 12 Quarter Hours
  • Physics 3: 8 Semester Hours – 12 Quarter Hours
  • General Chemistry : 8 Semester Hours – 12 Quarter Hours
  • Organic Chemistry : 8 Semester Hours – 12 Quarter Hours 8 Semester Hours – 12 Quarter Hours
  • Social and Behavioral Scs : 8 Semester Hours – 12 Quarter Hours

These requirements are in addition to the basic courses required at some schools (ex. the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus).  Basic courses in Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Social Sciences may not substitute departmental course work . Candidates that do not comply with these requirements will also be considered for admission.

 

Additional Requirements

  • A minimum grade point average of 2.00 (in scale where A=4.00) from dental school, or its equivalent, is mandatory.
  • Three letters of reference (preferably from dental school faculty).
  • Attested copies, with English translation, of dental school diploma and dental school transcripts.
  • Copy of visa or immigration status.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Personal statement or essay.

Application Procedure

All applications to the University Of Puerto Rico School Of Dental Medicine (UPR-SDM) are filed through the Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists, ( CAAPID). Applications for UPR-SDM Advanced Placement Program may be filed from April 1st to November 1st of the year of admission . The Summer Calibration Course will begin June 1, 2016.

Complete the application electronically via the CAAPID web site:

http://www.adea.org/dental_education_pathways/CAAPID/Pages/ADEAPASSApplicants.aspx

The UPR-SDM is not responsible for delay in CAAPID’s processing the application due to their error or the applicant error. If you have any questions at any time during the CAAPID application process, contact the American Dental Education Association at (202) 667-1887.

Supplemental Application Required

The School of Dental Medicine does require a supplemental application. There is a non-refundable application fee of $50.00 made payable to the School of Dental Medicine for the processing of your application. The application fee should be sent directly to the school only when contacted by an Admissions Officer. All documents should be sent to the following address:

Office of Students Affair A-163
School of Dental Medicine
Medical Sciences Campus
University of Puerto Rico
PO BOX365067
San Juan , Puerto Rico 00936-5067

APPLICATION FOR ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM

Interview and Bench Test

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview and bench test, only at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. An interview and /or bench test will not be granted at the request of the student. No candidate will be accepted without an interview and bench test. If invited for an interview and bench test, there will be a $125.00 administrative and clinical utilization fee. The personal interview will be conducted in Spanish.

Notification

All candidates are informed electronically of the action taken on their applications. The time for notification of status is set at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Tuition and Fees

ESTIMATED FEES AND EXPENSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO SCHOOL OF DENTAL MEDICINE

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM – 2015-2016

FRESHMAN

YEAR

(10 MOS)

SOPHOMORE

YEAR

(10 MOS)

JUNIOR

YEAR

(11 MOS)

SENIOR

YEAR

(11 MOS)

Tuition

 

40,000.00

40,000.00

Virtual library

1,758

1,922

Maintenance Fee

141

141

Laboratory Fee

(33.00 ea)

12 courses

396.00

1 course

33.00

Technology Fee

75.00

75.00

Educational Resources Fund

658.00

658.00

 

Intruments and Supplies

 

Instruments 19,223

Supplies 1,000

Laptop 1,000

Boards Fees: 465 

Supplies 1,000.00

Housing expenses

10,978.00

9,980.00

Personal Expenses

1,200.00

1,200.00

Transportation (1)

935.00

850.00

Health Insurance (2)

1,368.00

1,368.00

TOTAL

78,197.00

57,727.00

 

Total for two years of Studies

Tuition, fees and other expenses are subject to change as needed by the Institution.

Virtual Library fee is compulsory. Books for previous classes are included in the Instrument and Supplies item.

Approximate living expenses if living in the metropolitan area.

Optional: Pharmacy and Dental. If the student has a private health insurance, evidence should be presented the day of registration.

* If student needs to purchase full equipment and materials, this portion will be the sum of instruments for first and second year totaling $18,900.

** For applicants who have not taken the National Boards Part II Exam