About the Program

The International Dentist Program (IDP) is for the internationally trained dentist who seeks to practice dentistry in the United States. Graduates receive a DDS degree and are eligible to participate in the various licensure examinations given across the country.

2019 Applications

Applications for the 2018- 2019 International Dental Progam (IDP) will open on March 1, 2018. 

The 2019 applicaiton deadline is May 31, 2018


The predoctoral dental education program (DDS) is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of accredited without reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address is www.ada.org/en/coda.

Length of the Program

The International Dentist Program is two years in duration, beginning in May with an intensive preparatory summer course.

The Application Process

The School of Dental Medicine accepts 24 applicants to this program each year. Admission is highly competitive.  

Applications to the IDP program will be reviewed on a rolling basis, therefore early completion of the application is in the best interest of the applicant.

Following initial review of applications, the IDP Admissions Committee will invite a number of applicants to come to the School of Dental Medicine for an interview, dexterity, and case study testing. A personal interview is required for admission, but does not guarantee acceptance.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

The International Dentist Program expenses include the following items:

  • Continuing Education Summer Program Fee
  • Tuition
  • Fees  

All estimated expenses for the entire two year program are detailed on the Costs of Attendance document. Please note that all costs documented are estimated, and all figures are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the IDP program, applicants must meet the requirements. All applications that meet our requirements will receive a full file review.

Academic Degree

Applicants must:
  • Be a graduate of an international dental school
  • Have satisfactorily completed an academic program of study of not less than four years, culminating in a degree, diploma, or certificate in dentistry recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the country in which the school is located 
  • Have earned the dental degree and hold a final diploma prior to applying to the IDP program; provisional degrees and certificates are not sufficient

NBDE Part I and Part II

Applicants must meet the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements.

Part I

  • Program requires passage of Part I NBDE to be eligible to apply.
  • You must make arrangements to submit official NBDE scores to CAAPID. Otherwise, the committee will not know if you passed NBDE Part I and Part II in your online CAAPID application.

Part II

  • Applicants who have passed NBDE Part II will be given preference for admission
  • You must make arrangements to submit official NBDE scores to CAAPID. Otherwise, the committee will not know if you passed NBDE Part I and Part II in your online CAAPID application.
  • If you have not passed the NBDE Part II before the application deadlines, we recommend candidates indicate when they plan on taking Part II of the NBDE in the CAAPID portal.
  • You can still be considered for the program if you have not taken NBDE Part II.


Applicants to the IDP program may be foreign nationals (those requiring a visa), United States citizens, or Permanent Residents of the United States.

Communication Skills

An important consideration in the selection process for the International Dentist Program is the applicant’s effectiveness and clarity in verbal communication. It is essential both for completion of the academic program and for effective communication with patients in the clinics.


Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL with a score at or above minimum of 79 (internet based) or better obtained within two years of the start of the program (May 2017 for 2019 admission).

TOEFL scores of 90 or better are considered competitive by the admissions committee.

TOEFL score reports dated from January 1 – April 30, 2017 will be considered for review by the Admissions Committee. If selected to bench test and interview, candidates with January 1 – April 30, 2017 scores will be asked to submit an updated TOEFL prior to our interview day to meet our admissions requirements and submission timeframe (two years from the start of the program).

Note: IDP interview dates have no bearing on TOEFL score timeframes. We adhere to program start date to determine TOEFL score timeframes.

Note: Other dental schools may have a different TOEFL policy. Please be sure to consult with each specific school you apply to for their individual TOEFL policy.