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Application and Admission

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must be citizens of the United States at the time of application and have graduated from a dental school approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. 

Applicants must satisfy the following additional requirements to be considered for admission: 

  1. Complete a Postdoctoral Application Support Services (PASS) Application including a current Curriculum Vitae.

  2. Supply 2 PEFs through PASS. Please choose individuals who have a special knowledge of your qualifications, such as a research/clinical mentor. 
  3. ADAT scores will be considered but are not required.
  4. Final transcripts, final official National Board Scores and other pertinent information must be supplied upon acceptance and prior to enrollment in the program.
  5. Be selected for a personal interview. 
  6. Acceptance is through the national MATCH program
  7. A separate application once enrolled for Master of Dental Science degree (M.D.S.) is required to the College of Graduate Health Sciences

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center participates in the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Program (Match) and PASS. Invitations for applicant interviews are based on the following criteria: 

  1. Academic background and achievement
  2. Extracurricular activities
  3. Scholarly endeavors

  4. Clinical experiences

Applicants who plan to enter the program immediately following graduation from dental school must satisfy these additional criteria: 

  1. Class rank – upper one-third

  2. Successful completion of National Board Scores Part I 

  3. GPA of 3.0 or higher


PASS is a centralized application service for dental students and recent graduates who wish to apply to residency programs in the United States. For more information and to apply to the University of Tennessee Pediatric Dentistry program please contact PASS at:

PASS Application Deadline: September 1

Program Application Deadline: September 1

The Match

The Match is a service that provides an orderly process to help applicants obtain placement in the first year postdoctoral program of their choice, and to help programs obtain applicants of their choice. For more information please contact the National Matching Services Inc. at:

The application deadline is September 1 of the year preceding matriculation. Additional questions regarding application and admission procedures should be addressed to the Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry, 875 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38163, 901.448.6260.

May 26, 2022