How can I contact ADEA CAAPID℠ Customer Service?
When can I apply?
The application is now open from March through January.
Where can I complete an ADEA CAAPID℠ application?
The ADEA CAAPID℠ application is available online ONLY. Access the ADEA CAAPID℠ application by saving this link as a Favorite:
When is the application deadline?
Programs have individual deadlines that can be found on the program profile in the
ADEA CAAPID℠ Directory.
Which programs participate?
All participating programs are listed in the
ADEA CAAPID℠ Directory.
Why aren’t all the programs I am interested in applying to using ADEA CAAPID℠?
All accredited dental advanced programs in the U.S. are invited to participate in ADEA, yet some have opted not to participate this year. Information on non-participating advanced dental programs is listed on their individual websites.
What is a DENTPIN and how do I get one?
It is a personal identification number used in place of the social security number. Most ADEA CAAPID℠ applicants already have a DENTPIN; click
here to retrieve it.
What documents do I need to apply?
Applicants are required to send in all official college transcripts through ECE/WES and self-reported National Board Examination Scores. Optional documents submitted for ADEA CAAPID℠ are up to three letters of evaluation. Official test scores are not needed, although some programs may require them in their supplemental application.
What is the minimum GPA to get into an advanced standing dental program?
ADEA CAAPID℠ does not require a minimum GPA. Check the
ADEA CAAPID℠ Directory for GPA requirements by program.
What is the ADEA CAAPID℠ mobile portal?
The mobile portal is a handheld device-ready website that applicants can use to check the status of their application.
Does ADEA CAAPID℠ include a criminal background check?
While ADEA CAAPID℠ does not require a criminal background check, it may be required of some individual programs.
Who should I contact for more information about the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC) Service?
Certiphi® Screening Inc.
Applicants inquiry only:
Phone: (800) 803-9582
8 a.m. - 10 p.m. EST
Can I apply to more programs after I’ve submitted the application?
Yes. Applicants can log into their application and designate more programs throughout the entire application cycle.
How can I contact the programs I am applying to?
Applicants can contact the individual programs through the
ADEA CAAPID℠ Directory.
Am I eligible to apply to an Advanced Standing program
via ADEA CAAPID if I began, but did not complete, a dental education program in
a foreign country?
While most Advanced Standing programs participating in ADEA CAAPID require applicants to have received a degree in dentistry from a foreign institution, it is best to contact each program to which you are interested in applying to discuss your specific situation with the program
Am I eligible to be licensed to practice dentistry in the
U.S. without having completed a U.S. dental education program?
While each U.S. state sets their own licensing criteria, most states do require completion of dental education in the United States for licensure. Some states may allow licensure if a U.S. general practice residency or advanced education in general dentistry residency has been completed along with a
passing result on the National Board Dental Examination Part I and Part II. It is best to contact the licensing board in each state in which you are interested in being licensed for their specific requirements.
Can I complete the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE)
Part I after applying to an Advanced Standing program through ADEA CAAPID.
Applicants to all but one Advanced Standing program participating in ADEA CAAPID require applicants to pass the NBDE Part I as a part of their application process, while many more require passing the NBDE Part II as well. Timing on when the exam(s)
must be completed varies by program, with most requiring the exam be passed prior to an application being reviewed for admission. You should contact each program to which you are interested in applying for more information on their specific requirements.
Is it possible to apply to a U.S. Advanced Standing
program without having passed the National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) Part I if I
have been practicing dentistry in a country other than the United States for
any period of time?
Most likely not. All but one Advanced Standing program participating in ADEA CAAPID require applicants to pass the NBDE Part I as a part of their application process. Any exceptions to this requirement is unlikely, and would need to be discussed directly with the programs to which
you are interested in applying.
If my dental education was completed in English, or if I
have been living in the United States for an extended period of time, will ADEA
CAAPID waive a program’s requirement for completion of the Test of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam?
No. ADEA CAAPID does not require applicants to complete the TOEFL exam. All programs participating in ADEA CAAPID set their own TOEFL exam requirements for applicants, and any waiver of those requirements would need to be granted by each individual program to which you are applying.
If I completed my dental education in a foreign country, am I eligible to apply to a traditional D.M.D. or D.D.S. dental education program in the U.S., or do I have to apply to an Advanced Standing program?
Individuals who have completed their dental education in a foreign country are able to apply to an Advanced Standing program or to a traditional four-year D.M.D. or D.D.S. program. Those applying to a traditional four-year program should speak directly
with the programs to which they are interested in applying to discuss their specific situation before submitting an application.