Admission Requirements

2019 Applications

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

The 2019 application deadline is May 31, 2018

Accreditation

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.

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.

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.
  • You must self-report NBDE Part I & Part II scores in the CAAPID portal.
  • The committee will not know if you passed NBDE Part I and Part II in your online CAAPID application if you don't self-report and submit official NBDE scores.  

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.
  • You must self-report NBDE Part I & Part II scores in the CAAPID portal.
  • The committee will not know if you passed NBDE Part I and Part II in your online CAAPID application if you don't self-report and submit official NBDE scores.
  • You can still be considered for the program if you have not taken NBDE Part II.

Citizenship

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.

TOEFL

  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL with a score at or above minimum of 79 internet-based.
  • TOEFL scores must be obtained within two years of the start of the program (May 1, 2017 and after for 2019 admission).
  • TOEFL scores of 90 or better are considered competitive by the admissions committee.
  • Note: Applicants with 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).
  • You must make arrangements to submit official TOEFL scores to CAAPID. TOEFL submission instructions are located on this webpage: http://www.adea.org/CAAPIDapp/Instructions/Standardized-Tests.aspx
  • You must self-report TOEFL scores in the CAAPID portal.
  • The committee will not know your TOEFL scores unless you self-report and submit official scores to your online CAAPID application.
TOEFL Notes
  • Note: Self-Reported and Official TOEFL scores must be submitted in the CAAPID portal by May 31, 2018.
  • Note: IDP interview dates have no bearing on TOEFL score timeframes. We adhere to program start date to determine TOEFL score timeframes.
  • NoteOther 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.
  • Note: Our program does not accept the International English Language Testing System [IELTS] exam to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement. 
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