Application Requirements

The application requirements of UNLV School of Dental Medicine’s DDS program for dentists graduated from non-U.S. accredited dental schools are aligned with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID) participated programs’ requirements. Application through CAAPID is required, together with the UNLV DDS Program application packet.

Application deadline is June 30, 2018 12pm (PST) for the DDS class of 2021 beginning in May 2019.

Minimum requirements of application:

  1. Evidence of a dental degree or equivalent from a foreign country: official copy of diploma and/or degree, transcript (translated into English) from the applicant’s dental school or equivalent institute in original sealed envelope.
  2. Official dental school transcripts evaluated course by course with GPA by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE).
  3. Successful completion and pass of the National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Part 1 within the past eight (8) years; Part 2 is preferred.
  4. Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT): ADAT is only required if NBDE Part 1 passing score is older than eight (8) years.
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required with a valid minimum score of 230 (computer-based test), or 92 (internet-based test).
  6. Three (3) letters of professional recommendation (One should be from the Academic Dean’s level of the dental school from which the student graduated). Letters should be provided on school or company letterhead with the evaluators’ contact details.
  7. Dental Curriculum Vitae (CV). Please use the CV template (link) provided.
  8. US citizen, US permanent resident, Canadian resident, or eligible for a US student (F1) visa.

Note: Potential students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are not guaranteed licensure upon completion of the accredited DDS program. A majority of states still require citizenship or permanent residency in order to apply for a dental license.