Program Outcomes

Graduates of the DMD program in Temple’s Kornberg School of Dentistry are prepared to take national written and state required clinical examination as required by the 50 state boards of dentistry.

For the most recent previous 12 months, the school scored at or above the national average on the National Board of Dental Examinations (NBDE Part I and II).

The overall pass rate for the American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX) Licensing Exam, for the most recent graduating class was over 90 percent.

Externship Opportunities

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry fosters global exchange programs between students and faculty. Dentistry students in their senior year can experience working with patients, fellow students and dentists abroad by taking advantage of the externship opportunities offered by the Dental School.

Kornberg has an agreement with the emirate of Kuwait to train dental students in the DMD program. The Kuwait Exchange Program enables students to study the dental care and education systems in Kuwait, shadow and assist their peers in the University of Kuwait’s School of Dentistry clinic, and experience Kuwaiti culture and hospitality. Temple students then host Kuwaiti students on Philadelphia’s campus for a week. The exchange program is entirely student run, with support from the faculty and deans of both schools.

Additionally, Kornberg has weeklong mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica. The school’s weeklong Haiti Dental Mission has been active for more than 22 years, sending teams of dental students and faculty each year (even after the devastating earthquake of 2010). This program is affiliated with the Haitian Health Foundation and funded by the students with support from the dean’s office and other related associations. 

The Peru Club is a nonprofit organization that partners with the Growing Smiles Foundation and provides the opportunity for students and faculty to experience life and learn about a different culture. This group travels to Peru to provide oral health education and essential dental care to children who lack access to quality care.

Exchange Programs

The school offers a number of other exchange programs in diverse locations such as China, Israel and Pakistan.

  • Al-Quds University (Jerusalem)
  • Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine (Pakistan)
  • Guangdong Provincial Stomatological Hospital (China)
  • Guangxi Medical University (China)
  • The Hebrew University-Hadassah (Israel)
  • Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (India)
  • Nanchang University (China)
  • Shalva–The Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (Israel)
  • Sun Yat-Sen University (China)
  • Tel Aviv University (Israel)
  • University of Milan (Italy)

Community Outreach

All dental students take courses to prepare and sensitize them to the dental needs in the community surrounding Temple. Courses stress the importance of providing dental services to underserved people who lack access to quality dental care.

Senior students complete a 10-day clinical outreach rotation at Dental School-affiliated community outreach sites. Every senior student rotates through one weeklong rotation two times a year at the following sites.

  • Community Volunteers in Medicine*
  • Quality Community Health Care*
  • Garces Dental Health Clinic
  • Doc Bresler’s Cavity Busters
  • Red Standard 2–Educational Program Clinical Sciences 2 - 248 Lion Surgicenter, and
  • Greater Philadelphia Health Action*.

*Federally Qualified Health Centers

Alumni Mentoring

Many Kornberg School of Dentistry alumni stay closely connected to the school and are an invaluable resource for dentistry students as the latter lay the foundation for their careers. Through the Alumni Mentoring Program, alumni share their professional experience with current Temple students. Mentors are available to students to help them make the transition from undergraduate student to dental student to dental practitioner not only manageable, but enjoyable. Once registered with the program, each dentistry student is matched with a mentor who fits their needs. 

Learn more about alumni mentoring.

Career Development

Through the Office of Student Affairs, students pursuing careers in dentistry can get counseling and support during their tenure at Kornberg and after they graduate. The office regularly hosts career events and guest speakers covering a wide range of topics including

  • corporate and private practice careers,
  • debt management,
  • general practice residencies,
  • military service, and
  • specialty education.

Once enrolled in the Dentistry DMD program, you will receive regular notifications about career opportunities. Additionally, the school provides a list of job opportunities that is updated regularly for dental professionals across the U.S.

Career Services

As a Temple student, you can also visit the university’s Career Center for support during your job or internship search. Drop in for a short visit or schedule a 30-minute coaching session to discuss components of your professional profile, including your résumé and LinkedIn presence.

Career services can provide

Learn more about Temple’s Career Center.