Application Process

Phase I — Application

  1. ADEA CAAPID application
    1. Submit the following supporting documents via CAAPID:
      • 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 NBDE Part 1 & 2 within the past eight (8) years is required. Official scores are to be submitted directly from the American Dental Association (ADA) to CAAPID.
      • Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT): If NBDE scores are more than eight (8) years old official ADAT is required in conjunction with NBDE part 1 & 2 passing scores. Upload your scores via CAAPID.
      • Curriculum Vitae (CV): Submit an updated Curriculum Vitae. Please use the required CV template provided.
      • Personal Statement: Submit a one-page personal statement on your professional path, professional interest and goals.
      • Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) official letters of professional recommendation (One should be from the Academic Dean’s level of the dental school from which the student graduated). Letters must be written within the last two years, provided on school or company letterhead with the evaluators contact details.
  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.
      • 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 Committee either by the applicants’ dental school, or with the supplemental application in the original unopened dental school sealed envelope. If the transcripts are 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 Committee either by the applicants’ dental school, or with the supplemental application in the original dental school sealed envelope. If the transcripts are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a U.S. certified English translation. Notarized copies are not accepted.
      • 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 Admissions Committee
        Shadow Lane Campus
        1001 Shadow Lane MS 7427
        Las Vegas NV 89106-4124

      Note: Received transcripts or diplomas/degrees become the property of UNLV School of Dental Medicine DDS program, and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to any other institution. Do not send original transcripts or diplomas/degrees if no other copy exists.

  3. Review of submitted applications upon receipt of both the supplemental application and CAAPID application.
    • Applications for admissions will not be processed until all credentials have been received. The applicants are responsible for making sure their credentials and documents are received. Only completed applications will be reviewed.
    • Email notification will only be sent from the UNLV SDM- DDS program to the applicants when both their Supplemental application and CAAPID application have been completed.
    • 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. The two and a half-day interview will consist of:
    • Orientation and tour of the dental school
    • Simlab practice - 3-4 hours of simlab practice is arranged in order to help candidates become familiar with the lab equipment and instruments prior to the dental dexterity bench test.
    • Personal panel interview with faculty
    • Case-based written exam
    • Dental dexterity bench test
  3. The class of 8 entering students will be selected from those individuals who present for the interview and dexterity testing.
  4. A nonrefundable dental dexterity 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.

Phase III — Acceptance Notification

  1. Accepted DDS students will be notified by telephone and confirmed by email. Contingency acceptance upon:
    • Passing background verification and complete immunization documentation.
    • Successful completion of the checklist requirements.
    • Submission of enrollment deposits.
    • 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.