University of Michigan School of Dentistry

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Description of Program

The Internationally Trained Dentist Program offers a course of study that includes didactic, laboratory, and comprehensive patient care experiences.  Graduates will have acquired the requisite knowledge and skills to engage in contemporary dental practice in the United States and will be eligible to take most state and regional dental licensing examinations offered in the United States. 

The ITDP is an accelerated course of study that begins in January each year as ten ITDP students will engage in a hybrid semester with second year students before fully joining the third year class for Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter terms.  The second year of the program includes didactic and clinical courses as well as required clinical rotations. The achievement of passing evaluations in all coursework will result in the granting of the D.D.S. degree.

Contact Information

Patricia Katcher
University of Michigan
School of Dentistry
Office of Admissions-International Program
1011 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078

Program Details

Length of Program: 28 months
Program Deadline: June 15, 2017
Start Date: January 2018
Class Size: 20
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

Requirements to apply to program

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language
  • All applicants must take the TOEFL to be considered for admission
  • Accept Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) scores only
  • Official TOEFL scores must be submitted electronically from ETS to ADEA CAAPID. Do not submit score reports to the program. Paper copies of scores will not be accepted.
  • IBT total score below 94 is not accepted. We recommend the applicant have the following subscores to be competitive:
    • Reading – minimum score of 24
    • Listening – minimum score of 24
    • Speaking – minimum score of 26
    • Writing – minimum score of 24

National Board Dental Examination Requirements

  • Program requires passage of Part I NBDE to be considered for admission
  • Part II is not required, but is highly recommended. 
  • Official NBDE scores will be requested by the program when offer of admission is made. At that time, please submit official NBDE Part I scores to the school (not to ADEA CAAPID).

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

  • Completion of the ADAT is ACCEPTED, BUT NOT REQURED for admission to the program for the class entering January 2018.
  • The ADAT will be required for admission for the CAAPID 2018-19 cycle – for the class entering January 2019. Applicants for the 2018-19 cycle should plan to take the ADAT in 2017.  Please consult the American Dental Association’s website ( for further information on when the ADAT will be administered in 2017.

Three Letters of Evaluation

  • Three letters of evaluation are required and must be delivered directly to ADEA CAAPID
  • All letters must be confidential and not shared with the applicant
  • All letters must be on official letterhead with signature
  • Program requires one Letter of Evaluation to come from dean of the dental school from which the applicant graduated (on letterhead and with signature)
  • The remaining letters should be from an instructor or similar individual who is able to evaluate the applicant's dental knowledge, skill, character, and potential for success in the ITDP (on letterhead and with signature)

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID a detailed course-by-course evaluation by ECE
  • If admitted, program will require official transcripts from original dental school to be sent directly to program

Application Fees

  • An application fee of $75 is required. Details about how to pay this fee will be sent to the applicant. DO NOT send a check or money order to the school.

Additional Requirements/Information

  • The Admissions Committee will review applications and select candidates for an interview which includes a bench examination and requires a non-refundable interview fee.  Candidates selected for interview will be notified by June 30 and provided with further details in their interview invitation.
  • Notification of acceptances will be sent in early August after which candidates have 30 days to pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $1500.
  • At the time of acceptance, applicants will receive instructions about submitting a notarized copy of the dental degree or diploma.  If the diploma is not in English, a translation must be submitted as well.  Provisional certificates are not accepted.