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 230 (computer-based test), or 92 (internet-based test). Scores must be submitted from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) directly to CAAPID.
      • National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE): Successful completion and passing of the NBDE Part 1 within the past eight (8) years is required. Part 2 is preferred. Scores are to be submitted directly from the American Dental Association (ADA) to CAAPID.
      • Curriculum Vitae (CV): Submit an updated Curriculum Vitae CV. Please use the CV template provided.
      • Personal Statement: Submit a one-page personal statement on your professional path, professional interest and goals.
      • Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT): ADAT is only required if NBDE Part 1 passing score is older than eight (8) years. Upload your scores via CAAPID.
  2. UNLV School of Dental Medicine DDS Program Application Packet
    1. Include the following required documents in your UNLV SDM DDS Application Packet:
      • Completed Application Form: Submit a fully completed application form with all forms 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”.
      • Foreign Dental Degree (Diploma) And Dental School Transcript: An official copy of diploma and/or degree, transcript (translated into English) from the applicant’s dental school or equivalent institution must be submitted to UNLV School of Dental Medicine Admissions Office DDS Committee either directly by the applicants’ dental school or in the original sealed envelope with the application packet. 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.
      • 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 and sealed.
      • Send the completed Application Packet via U.S. Mail to:
        University of Nevada, Las Vegas
        School of Dental Medicine
        Admissions Office DDS Committee
        Shadow Lane Campus
        1001 Shadow Lane MS 7411
        Las Vegas NV 89106 4124
  3. Review of submitted applications upon receipt of the applicant's packet and CAAPID application.
    • Email notification will only be sent from the UNLV SDM- DDS program to the applicants when their application packet and CAAPID application is complete.
    • 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.
    • 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 consists 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 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 applicants 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 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.