University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Description of Program

The International Advanced Standing Program (IASP) is designed to permit qualified dentists who graduated from programs not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association to earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. 

The IASP is a minimum of two academic years in length. It is individualized for each admitted student and may require additional time to complete. The program begins in May of each year with intensive one-term didactic and preclinical courses. Following successful completion of this provisional segment, IASP students enter the predoctoral program. 

Contact Information

Anitha Potluri DMD, MDsc
Director, International advance standing program
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
G119 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Telephone: (412) 648-8422
Fax: (412) 648-9571

Program Details

Length of Program: 24 months
Program Deadline: July 5, 2015                     
Start Date: May 1, 2016                     
Class Size: Maximum of 4-8                      
Degree Awarded: D.M.D.

Requirements to apply to program

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL
  • Successful completion of the TOEFL iBT with a score of 100 or above is required
  • TOEFL results must be dated after December 31, 2011

National Board Dental Examination Requirements

  • Program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and II to be considered for admission. Official NBDE scores must be uploaded to the CAAPID application.

Letter of Evaluation

  • Program requires a Letter of Evaluation from the dean of the dental school from which applicant graduated
  • Two additional letters are required from applicant’s dental school faculty

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID a course-by-course ECE evaluation of dental school transcript; only the ECE evaluation will be accepted
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary programs as well as notarized, translated copies of same and photocopied dental school diploma should be sent directly to program

Application Fee

  • Submit $75 application fee and recent 2” x 2” photo (with ADEA CAAPID identification number and legibly printed name on the back) to program (not to ADEA CAAPID) after submitting ADEA CAAPID application
  • Application fee must be in the form of a money order drawn on U.S. dollars payable to the University of Pittsburgh

Other documents that should be sent to the program directly (not to ADEA CAAPID)

  • In the same envelope, along with the application fee and photo, the following must be submitted directly to the program:
    • Official or notarized copies of professional or grad dental program grades, certificates and/or licenses.
    • Notarized copy of current VISA or Immigration status, or proof of U.S. permanent resident or permanent residency.
    • Three recommendation letters; one from the dean of the dental school and 2 from the faculty of the dental school.  *These letters should come directly from their respective dental schools to the program*

  • All materials should be postmarked by the application deadline of July 5

Additional Requirements

  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview and bench test
  • Bench test fee of $300 will be required from those applicants invited to interview
  • Accepted applicants must pay a non-refundable tuition deposit fee of $2,000 at time of acceptance. Fee will be applied to the cost of fall tuition. Accepted applicants must pay a nonrefundable $6,000 in tuition prior to the provisional summer program that begins May 1.
  • Materials and fees must be sent to:
    Office of Admissions
    Attn: Ms. Katherine Adomitis  
    University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
    3501 Terrace Street,
    Suite 2114, Salk Hall         
    Pittsburgh, PA 15261