Advanced Special Care and Geriatrics Program

Advanced Program for Internationally Trained Dentists – Special Care and Geriatrics

The University of Maryland, School of Dentistry (UMSOD) offers an Advanced Special Care and Geriatrics Program for internationally trained dentists. This Advanced Special Care and Geriatrics Program is a flexible program, designed to meet the needs of internationally trained dentists and dental hygienists wishing to enhance their knowledge in the care of individuals with Special Health Care Needs and Frail and Medically Compromised Older Adults.

Trainees in this program will participate on a full-time basis, attending didactic and clinical courses with the pre and post-doctoral students. It is expected that the individual will return to his/her country after gaining insight and improving his/her knowledge in these areas.

Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of completion from the office of Continuing Dental Education.

The Advanced Special Care and Geriatrics Program will include learning to identify, diagnose and treatment plan medically complex, cognitively impaired, older adults as well as adults with physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities.  Managing the oral health care needs of individuals receiving intravenous sedation will be included in the curriculum.   Course participants will attend classes and case seminars.

As a part of their clinical training, each participant will be assigned to a team of providers to observe treatment procedures under the supervision of clinical faculty. Participants who enroll in the 12 month program will have the opportunity to participate in a research project as well as to present their findings at the annual meeting of a national dental meeting.

There is a rolling admission policy for this program, with a maximum of three individuals enrolled at any one time. 

Admission process

Upon submission of all required documentation, the applications will be reviewed by the Special Care and Geriatrics admissions committee.  As required, a personal or phone interview might be scheduled with the applicant.  Admission criteria to the Advanced Special Care and Geriatrics Program include but are not limited to the academic achievements, demonstrated interest in Special Care and/or Geriatric Dentistry, TOEFL scores and performance at previously attended academic programs, clinical experience and letters of recommendation. 

Admission Requirements

Completed application form

Application fee

Personal statement / Letter of intent

Notarized copy of dental school diploma/degree and original transcripts

3 Letters of recommendation

TOEFL score reports




 1 year:            $55,000.00 usd

 6 months:       $30,000.00 usd


International Student Admissions Standards

International Students who require J-1 visa sponsorship to attend the University of Maryland must demonstrate English proficiency and financial responsibility before the Office of International Services.   The University of Maryland Office of International Services (OIS) can issue the appropriate visa document for your program of study.


English Proficiency

International students requiring visa sponsorship from the Office of International Services (OIS) must demonstrate English proficiency.  Proficiency is most often verified through the TOEFL or IELTS English Language Proficiency tests.  For students whose native language is English, there is no need to take a proficiency test.    To find the minimum acceptable score for your anticipated program, please access the schools' admission links.


Financial Responsibility

International Students requiring visa sponsorship must ensure they have sufficient funding to cover the cost of the program and living expenses while in Baltimore. 

Financial responsibility may be proven by a variety of methods. These include the following:

• Personal or family funds

• Government or international organization sponsorship

The documentation must state the name of the person or organization that will sponsor the student and specify the amount of the financial support provided to the student.

If using personal or family funds, a bank statement from within the past 6 months must be provided.  Additionally, if receiving financial support from a friend or family member, that person must also write a letter specifying the exact amount of funding they will provide to you during your program.

The expenses of a married student are considerably more than that of a single student. In addition to funds for his or her own expenses, the married student must show an additional $5,000 per year for each dependent.  A dependent is classified as a spouse and/or children under the age of 21.

Prior to processing visa paperwork, the OIS requires evidence of the minimum financial support amount committed to your education.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is required for all University of Maryland Students. You must prove that you have coverage equivalent to University of Maryland’s minimum requirements, or purchase the policy offered by University of Maryland to all students.


For additional application information, please contact Keith Groves, DMin, MPC, Director of Continuing Education,

For additional program information, please contact Dr. Janet Yellowitz,