The Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) program is a 24-month (six-semester) advanced standing program for dentists from non-CODA-accredited dental schools who are interested in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be eligible to practice in the United States after successful regional licensing board completion.

Program Video

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Program Overview

The DDS program will train those dentists from non-U.S. accredited dental schools to be able to:

  1. Develop principles of ethical reasoning and professional responsibility as they pertain to the academic environment, patient care, practice management, and research on dentistry.
  2. Demonstrate self-assessment, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills related to the comprehensive dental care of patients.
  3. Promote oral and systemic health of patients within private practice and the community.
  4. Diagnose, treat and/or manage all discipline areas recognized by the general dentist.

This six-semester program is contingent upon students’ performances. The School of Dental Medicine does not expressly or implicitly guarantee a license to practice dentistry upon admission to or graduation from the school. Licensure is the exclusive right and responsibility of the State Boards of Dentistry in each state. Students must satisfy the requirements of each state's regulatory body independently of any college or school requirements for graduation.


The following information will help you get started as you begin your application process:


DDS Contact

University of Nevada Las Vegas
School of Dental Medicine
DDS Program, Office of Student Affairs
Shadow Lane Campus
1001 Shadow Lane MS 7427
Las Vegas NV 89106-4124

Phone: 702-774-2025

*Email is the preferred method of contact.

Advanced Dental Admission Test
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2637

Phone: 800-232-1694


American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID)

Phone: 617-612-2035

ECE Course-by-Course Evaluation
Educational Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
United States

Phone: 414-289-3400

National Board Dental Examinations — Parts 1 & 2 (NBDE)
American Dental Association
Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2637
United States

Phone: 800-232-1694 (toll free) 

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Educational Testing Services
TOEFL Services
660 Rosedale Road
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
United States

Phone: 6090-921-9000 / 800-468-6335 (toll free)



Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS)
Please visit the link below for services contact list.

Regional Dental Boards

Dental students must take clinical and written exams to receive their initial dental license. Requirements vary among states.
Two of the more accepted examinations throughout the United States are the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB) and American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX).

State Dental Boards

The American Dental Association provided a link to Dental Boards that contains specific information about licensure in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Dental Boards

COVID-19 Admissions Announcements

UNLV School of Dental Medicine recognizes the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact on families and the health of our applicants. Given the unprecedented nature of this pandemic, UNLV School of Dental Medicine has made the following temporary accommodations and guidelines relative to the admissions process for the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program for the next admissions cycle.

TOEFL Home Testing Score:  To meet the needs of applicants who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to COVID-19, Educational Testing Service (ETS) is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test, which is identical in content, format, and on-screen experience to taking the exam except it is a remote-monitored exam, proctored by ProctorU.®  UNLV Dental Medicine will accept results from the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Addition for this cycle only. 

Title IX Statement

UNLV does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities, including admissions, on the basis of sex/gender pursuant to Title IX, or on the basis of any other legally protected category as is set forth in NSHE Handbook Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 13. Reports of discriminatory misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and/or concerns about noncompliance with Title IX or any other anti-discrimination laws or policies should be directed to UNLV’s Title IX Coordinator Michelle Sposito. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached through the online reporting form, by email at, by phone at 702-895-4055, by mail at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV, 89154-1062, or in person at Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH), Room 555.