Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Download a PDF of the ADEA CAAPID profile for the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.
Description of Program
ASPID is designed to teach
qualified dentists from other countries the knowledge and skills found in the
United States. The program can be completed within two years. The first year is
devoted to technical and academic procedures and the second year to clinical
training as necessary to achieve graduation qualifications. A Doctor of Dental
Surgery (DDS) is awarded at completion of the program. All graduates are
eligible to take the clinical board examination required for licensure in the
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists (ASPID)
925 W 34 Street, 201
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Length of Program: 24 months
Program Deadline: August 19th, 2017
Start Date: April/May 2018
Class Size: 34
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.
Requirements to apply to program
Step 1: Complete online application
The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC participates in the
American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Centralized Application for
Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID). All applications must
be submitted online, directly to ADEA CAAPID. Applicants who have earned a Master's degree or higher from a U.S. college or university should submit official transcripts from that program. Although not required, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is highly recommended. With the exception of official GRE scores, supplemental materials are not to be sent to the Ostrow School of Dentistry.
Step 2: Submit your processing fee
Send a non-refundable application fee to the Ostrow School of Dentistry after submitting the ADEA CAAPID application.
The USC application fee is $145.00. USC will accept personal check, cashier's check, or money order made payable to USC School of Dentistry. Please include your CAAPID number on the check or money order and mail to:
USC Office of Dental Admissions
File No. 121452
Los Angeles, CA 90074-2145
Step 3: Visit the USC campus for an interview
If selected as a competitive
applicant an on-site interview will be required. This interview is by invitation only and includes a Practical
Dental Exam, which may also include a written dental exam. The purposes of the
interview are (1) to evaluate each applicant’s methods and skills (2) to
determine each candidate’s artistic ability (3) to conduct a group interview
evaluation session (4) and to evaluate interpersonal skills, critical thinking,
and English communication ability.
All offers of acceptances are conditional and contingent upon
successful completion of all currently enrolled courses/programs, receipt of
official transcripts from the dental school attended, any U.S. college or university attended, TOEFL and ADA National Dental Board Examination
scores/GRE scores. All accepted candidates must complete a “Certification of
Studies” evaluation for USC through IERF. Please visit www.ierf.org/usc for specifics on how to submit and complete the process.
Failure to fulfill these responsibilities will result in any offer of acceptance being
rescinded without notice.
Step 4: Apply for your student visa
USC will assist ASPID candidates in
obtaining student visas to study at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.
Once you have been officially
accepted to USC, we will issue a form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility, which
you must present when you apply for a visa at the U.S. consulate or embassy in
your home country.
In order for an I-20 to be processed,
you must present to the USC Office of Graduate and International Admissions a
notarized statement documenting that you have the financial resources for your
first year at USC (approximately $93,000). This document must be verified by a
bank stamp or the U.S. consul.
If you wish to include a spouse
and/or dependents on your visa, please attach a separate 8½ x 11-inch piece of
paper to your financial statement that includes:
- their full names
- dates of birth
- country of citizenship
- country of birth
- relationship to you
You must document in your financial
statement that you have additional funds of $7,200 for a spouse and $3,600 per
Note that it is university policy to
accept only those candidates who have the personal financial resources to pay
for graduate study. Foreign students, with the exception of permanent residents,
are typically ineligible for financial assistance through the university or
Step 5: Meet health requirements
Please click the link for Required Health Documentation.