Accelerated Dental Program

Accelerated Dental Program Overview

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry offers an opportunity to earn the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) to qualified graduates of foreign dental schools while under a part-time faculty contract within the School of Dentistry. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY INDIVIDUALS WITH AN ADA ACCREDITED POST GRADUATE DENTAL SPECIALTY DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE FROM AT LEAST A 2-YEAR UNITED STATES PROGRAM IN CLINICAL DENTISTRY ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO THE ACCELERATED DENTAL PROGRAM.

The purpose of this program is to provide dentists educated in foreign dental schools an opportunity to earn a DDS degree from an accredited U.S. dental school in order to help meet the educational requirements for eligibility for licensure in all states. It is also helpful to those planning an academic career in dental education and research as it provides valuable teaching experience.

The program consists of a minimum of two years, all of which must be completed at the University of Detroit Mercy (transfer students will not be considered).  The program may extend beyond the two-year period to meet an individual's educational needs. There is an option for a three or four year program.

Acceptance into the accelerated dental program also depends on the educational and faculty personnel needs of the School of Dentistry, which may vary each year.

Academic Program

The Accelerated Dental Program (ADP) is individualized to meet the educational needs of the student. It consists of didactic and clinical components distributed over a two, three, or four-year program. The program begins in the Fall of the Academic Year (August) and ends in May of the second, third or fourth year. Tuition rates depend on the length of the program.

Preliminary Admission Requirements

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and current Curriculum Vitae to the program director, Dr. Kenneth Hillenburg, hillenkl@udmercy.edu. Dr. Hillenburg will review the applicant’s qualifications and consult with department chairs to see if the applicant’s qualifications meet departmental needs. If so, a formal application will be sent a formal application for admission.

Each applicant is required to submit a complete formal application for admission.  No application will be reviewed until it is complete.  The complete application consists of the following:

  • Application form.
  • Current Curriculum Vitae.
  • Passport type photograph (2" x 2").
  • $75 application fee (U.S. funds, made payable to UDM School of Dentistry).
  • Official Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials Course-by-Course Evaluation Report.  This report must be prepared by the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.


Note:  Payment for this service is made directly to the above-mentioned organization.  Please read and follow application instructions carefully.

  • An official copy of National Board Dental Examination Scores, Part I.  Successful completion of this examination is required and a maximum of two attempts to pass this examination will be allowed.
  • Evidence of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization status.  The applicant must either be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident alien (Green Card), show proof that permanent residency status is in process, or meet eligibility for requirements for a student visa.
  • Demonstrated competence in the English language.  Non-native English speakers are required to complete one of the following options:
  1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL - IBT) with a minimum score of 25 on each section AND a minimum total score of 100 is required.
  2. The Detroit Test of English Language Proficiency with a combined score of 80 and passing grade in Composition and Speaking.

Note: The Office of Academic Administration reserves the right to request the applicant be tested by the Department of American Language and Culture, University of Detroit Mercy, regardless of TOEFL-IBT results.

  • One letter of recommendation from the Dean or Academic Dean of the candidate's overseas dental program.
  • Two letters of professional reference from faculty of the candidate's accredited U.S. graduate dental specialty degree program.
  • An official transcript, posting the earned certificate or degree from an accredited U.S. graduate dental specialty degree program.

Individuals who do not meet the above stated criteria will not be considered for an interview.

Completed applications will be reviewed by February 1 and Candidate Interviews will be offered starting March 1.

Adjunct Faculty Position Overview

PLEASE NOTE:  Acceptance into the accelerated dental program is based on the educational and faculty personnel needs of the School of Dentistry.  Applications received by the Office of Academic Administration will be reviewed based on potential part-time faculty positions available for the next academic year. 

If a position is available, completed applications will be forwarded to specific departments for review. The department chairperson is responsible for the review and selection of potential candidates. The interview process for potential candidates is coordinated by the specific department chairperson and the Director of the ADP*. If a department is interested in recruiting and hiring an Accelerated Dental Candidate, that recommendation will be forwarded to the Academic Dean.  The Dean will make the final determination if a candidate is eligible for the Accelerated Dental Program.

Adjunct Faculty Position

  • Position includes three days (six-half days) of student contact in preclinical labs, clinic or the classroom for the 2 - year program. Student contact time will vary according to the number of years in the program.
  • Faculty are required to teach for 6 complete terms for a two-year program; 9 complete terms for a three-year program and 15 terms for a four-year program.
  • Annual salary is $32,000.00.
  • Benefits include TIAA-CREF and health insurance.
  • Teaching and clinical assignments are determined by the department chairperson.
  • Faculty are expected to participate in all faculty-related activities, including faculty meetings, faculty development programs, graduation, school-sponsored social gatherings, etc.

*Contact Information

Kenneth L. Hillenburg, DDS, MS

Director, Accelerated Dental Program

Department of Periodontology and Dental Hygiene

2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Detroit, Michigan 48208-2576
hillenkl@udmercy.edu
Phone: (313) 494-6665
Fax: (313) 494-6666