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Research and Graduate Programs Office

Dr. Pin-Chuang “Patrick” Lai
Program Director

Advanced Ed – Periodontics Admissions Process

Application to this program is through the ADEA PASS program. The deadline for receipt of application at the UMKC School of Dentistry is August 15th of the year prior to planned enrollment. Applicants are warned that it takes at least three weeks to process PASS applications and deliver it to the designated schools. Official dental school transcripts should be submitted directly to PASS.

All applicants are required to submit the Institutional Evaluation and Professional Evaluation Form (PEF) as part of their completed PASS application. A minimum of three professional evaluators (dental faculty) are required to submit evaluations for the PEF. Additional letters of recommendation should not be sent to UMKC.

The application process is competitive. Selection is based on several factors including academic standing in dental school (grade-point average and class standing) and experience (years in practice, teaching or research, advanced training or degrees, publications, activity in organized dentistry and participation in continuing education).

The advanced education certificate program in Periodontics participates in the National Matching Services (MATCH) process. Candidates to these program must also register for this service within the ADEA PASS applicant portal ( There are two phases of the MATCH process, each with its deadline date for receipt of Rank Order List forms from applicants. The Phase I deadline (typically toward the end of November each year) is for applicants to the Periodontics program.

Applicants will be invited to Kansas City for an interview with the program director and other selected faculty and staff. The invitation-only interview is a required part of the application process and funding is the responsibility of the applicant.