University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, through its Advanced Standing Program, offers qualified graduates of international dental programs the opportunity to earn the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 2 ½ years. A cohort of 14 students is accepted each year. Eligibility for this program is restricted to permanent residents and naturalized citizens.
In-residence training for the next entering class begins on January 6, 2023 and extends through anticipated graduation in May 2025. The curriculum opens with pre-clinical instruction delivered in a semester-long Multidisciplinary Review and Skills Development Course to ensure students attain an appropriate level of knowledge and technical proficiency in each of the dental disciplines. ASP students then join the junior class to complete years three and four of the traditional DDS curriculum comprised of classroom lectures, pre-clinical technique courses and direct patient care.
Successful completion of the initial semester-long multidisciplinary course and years three and four of the traditional DDS curriculum qualifies graduates to take state or regional board examinations and apply for dental licensure within the United States.