Application Process

Phase I — Application

  1. ADEA CAAPID application
    1. Submit the following supporting documents via CAAPID:
      • Copy of Foreign Dental Degree (Diploma) — A copy of dental degree (diploma) from the applicant’s dental school or equivalent institution must be uploaded via the ADEA CAAPID application portal. If the transcripts are in a language other than English, you must also upload a U.S. certified English translation.
      • Copy of Foreign Dental School Transcript — A copy of dental degree transcript (translated into English) from the applicant’s dental school or equivalent institution must be uploaded via the ADEA CAAPID application portal. If the transcript is in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a U.S. certified English translation.
      • Course-By-Course School Transcript Evaluation — Official dental school transcripts evaluated COURSE-BY-COURSE with GPA by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Documents need to be submitted directly to CAAPID by ECE.
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — TOEFL is required with a valid minimum score of 98 within two years. Official scores must be submitted from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) directly to CAAPID.
      • National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) — Successful Completion of the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Parts I and II, or the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE). Official scores are to be submitted directly from the American Dental Association (ADA) to CAAPID. Test scores must be within the past six years.
      • Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) – If NBDE scores are more than six years old, the ADAT is required in conjunction with NBDE Parts I and II passing scores. Official scores are to be submitted directly from the American Dental Association (ADA) to CAAPID.
      • Curriculum Vitae (CV) — Submit an updated Curriculum Vitae in the required format. Please use the required CV template provided
      • Personal Statement — Submit a one-page personal statement on your professional path, professional interests and goals
      • Letters of Recommendation — Three (3) official letters of professional recommendation. One should be from someone at the academic dean’s level of the dental school from which the student graduated. The second should be from a practicing dentist (or specialist). The third should be from someone who has known you for at least the past two years, and is not a family member or a friend. Letters must be written within the last two years, provided on school or company letterhead, and contain evaluators’ contact details, signatures and dates.
  2. UNLV School of Dental Medicine DDS Program Supplemental Application
    1. Include the following required documents in your UNLV SDM DDS Supplemental Application:
      • Completed Supplemental Application Form: Submit a fully completed supplemental application form, signed and dated by the individual applying to the program.
      • Application Fee: a nonrefundable application fee of $100 US dollars must be submitted with the application. A cashier’s check or money order for the application fee should be payable to “Board of Regents”.
      • Send the completed Supplemental Application via U.S. Mail to:

        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

  3. Review of submitted applications upon receipt of both the supplemental application and CAAPID application.
  4. The applicants are responsible for making sure their applications are completed and received. Only completed applications will be reviewed.
  5. An email notification will be sent from the UNLV SDM- DDS program to the applicants once both their Supplemental application and CAAPID application have been completed.
  6. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for review.

Phase II — Interview and Dexterity Test

  1. Individuals selected for the interview and dexterity test phase of the admissions process will be notified by telephone and confirmed by email approximately two to three weeks in advance of their date.
  2. In order to secure their seat for interview, the selected candidate must be ready to immediately submit the following:
    • Official Copy of Foreign Dental Degree (Diploma) — An official copy of dental degree (diploma) from the applicant’s dental school or equivalent institution must be mailed to UNLV School of Dental Medicine Admissions Office DDS sub-Committee either by the applicants’ dental school, or the candidate in the original unopened dental school sealed envelope. If the diploma is in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a U.S. certified English translation. Notarized copies are not accepted.
    • Official Copy of Foreign Dental School Transcript — An official copy of dental degree transcript (translated into English) from the applicant’s dental school or equivalent institution must be mailed to UNLV School of Dental Medicine Admissions Office DDS sub-Committee either by the applicants’ dental school, or the candidate in the original unopened dental school sealed envelope. If the transcript is in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a U.S. certified English translation. Notarized copies are not accepted.
    • Technical Skills Practice & Test Fee — A nonrefundable dental technical skills practice and test fee of $450 (fee subject to change) is required for candidates invited for this phase of the DDS admissions process. This fee is not applied toward tuition or any other fees.
  3. The two and a half-day interview will consist of:
    • Orientation and tour of the dental school.
    • Simulation practice – 3 to 4 hours of practice in our Simulation Clinic is arranged in order to help candidates become familiar with the lab equipment and instruments prior to the dental technical skills test.
    • Personal panel interview with faculty.
    • Case-based written exam.
    • Dental technical skills test.
  4. The class of up to 8 entering students will be selected from those individuals who present for the interview and technical skills testing.

Phase III — Acceptance Notification

  1. Accepted DDS students will be notified by telephone and confirmed by email. Contingency acceptance upon:
    1. Passing background verification and complete immunization documentation.
    2. Successful completion of the checklist requirements.
    3. Submission of enrollment deposits.
    4. Providing a completed medical examination when requested.
  2. Accepted DDS students will be assigned to online pre-matriculation training. Completion of this training is required prior to the start of the program.
  3. Accepted DDS students must meet and maintain all educational, financial and immigration commitments to allow for their admission, registration, and enrollment at UNLV School of Dental Medicine.