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Apply to our Programs

For admission to any of our Postdoctoral Dental Residency General or Advanced Specialty Programs, all prospective candidates must complete the PASS Application on the American Dental Education Association’s PASS application website. Click on the PASS Program Search Engine to search for our programs by training site. When viewing each program and training site, you will see a unique PASSCODE that will represent the program and training site to which you are interested in applying. Use that PASSCODE on your application. You will also see additional application requirements. Application requirements are also listed on each program page on our website.

  • Applicants may apply during their senior year of dental school. The applicant must be enrolled in or a graduate of an American Dental Association accredited dental school and have passed parts I and II of the Dental National Board.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens.
  • Applications may be filed through the Postdoctoral Applications Support Service (PASS) sponsored by the American Association of Dental Schools. This system relieves the applicant of completing multiple and repetitive applications to individual programs by allowing the applicant to file one standardized application with this centralized service. Applications should be received by PASS by October 15. Please note, this program simply facilitates the application process and has no impact upon the selection process. Information and PASS application forms and instructions can be obtained online at

Please note: Our programs do NOT participate in the National Matching Service (MATCH) sponsored by the American Association of Hospital Dentists.

Candidates are selected based upon academic records, letters of recommendation, and a personal interview.

The prospective resident is reminded that significant variation exists between accredited programs in terms of personnel, resources, and patient demographics. The prospective resident must assess programs on an individual basis to determine whether the program structure and personality will satisfy their objectives in seeking additional professional education. A personal visit and interview is essential to achieve this goal.