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International Student Program


​First Year

ISP students are required to pass the NBDE Part I before being accepted to the School of Dental Medicine. The first two to three months are spent in fast-paced, intensive pre-clinical courses like Restorative Dentistry, Occlusion, Complete and Removable Prosthodontics, Fixed Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Esthetic Dentistry and Oral Radiology. 

ISP students begin to see their first patients during the 3rd month of school in the Periodontics Clinic and Transition Clinic. Additionally, students take multiple lecture courses alongside DS2 students including Clinical Dental Pharmacology, Orofacial Pain, Oral Surgery, Infection Control, Diagnostic Radiology, Pediatric Dentistry, Pain Control and Medical Emergencies.

Beginning in the summer, ISP students will regularly see patients in the clinics, and begin performing restorative, endodontics, operative dentistry, periodontics, oral diagnosis, emergency and oral surgery procedures. Students also participate in a case presentation seminar where they present treatment plans and patient cases to their faculty and peers.

Finally, ISP students take a course in communications and behavior change in order to bring international students up to par with American patient expectations. This interactive course is designed to facilitate the transition to the American clinical setting with an emphasis on systemic and oral health.


Second Year

Most ISP students take the NBDE Part II between their first and second years of the ISP program if they have not already fulfilled this criteria. During the second year, students continue to practice comprehensive patient care. Additionally, students take multiple courses in hospital dentistry, oral pathology, clinical oncology, forensic dentistry, dental ethics, public health and orthodontics alongside second and third year dental students.

Finally, a small group of ISP students, who have completed their graduation requirements early and have consulted with faculty for approval, are given the option to participate in the ACTS (Advanced Clinical Training and Service) program. ACTS is the service-learning program of the Department of Applied Dentistry, with a curriculum (public health, behavioral sciences, practice management, geriatrics, special patient care, ethics and decision making) that helps students apply everything they've learned in dental school to the real world. ISP students may participate in the ACTS program for a 2-3 week rotation only if their graduation requirements have been met early. 

Around the tenth month of their second year, ISP students take either State or Regional Boards examinations (usually WREBS or CRDTS) to become licensed dentists in the United States of America.

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