ADEA CAAPID Application FAQs

How can I contact ADEA CAAPID℠ Customer Service? 
Telephone: 617-612-2035

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 directly.

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.

How long will it take me to complete the ADEA CAAPID℠ application? 
Applicants will have varying times when completing the application. Once the application is submitted, payment is received and the evaluated dental school transcript is received, the application will be processed immediately typically within 10 business days.

What information is required to apply?

Applicants will need their background and academic information as well as the National Board Score Examination Scores.

How long does it take for my application to reach the school? 
Between 7-10 business days after an application is complete.

What information can I change/edit/add/delete after my application is submitted?
Once an applicant e-submits the application, the ADEA CAAPID℠ application is locked and an applicant may NOT make changes to it. The only sections that may be changed after submitting are contact information, password and security information, evaluations which are in the status of “new” or “in-progress” and additional program designations to apply to. All other sections, will not be able to be edited. An applicant should review each section of the application before submitting to avoid any errors.

How do I submit an international transcript? 
Applicants with foreign transcripts must have them evaluated before being sent to ADEA CAAPID℠. Foreign evaluated transcripts are required in order for the application to be considered complete. ADEA recommends applicants use two service’s World Education Services ( or Educational Credential Evaluators ( considering some programs require one of the other. ADEA CAAPID℠ does not verify coursework and does not use grades from international transcripts in computing ADEA CAAPID℠ GPAs.

Where do I request my ECE /WES transcripts to be sent? 
CAAPID℠ Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9116
Watertown, MA 02471

How can I check if ADEA CAAPID℠ received my ECE/WES transcripts? 
Applicants will be able to view the date each transcript was received under the “academic history” section of the application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all transcripts and application materials are received in a timely manner. ADEA CAAPID℠ does not contact or notify applicants if their transcript has been received.

Do I have to send an official WES/ECE Foreign Transcript Evaluation to ADEA CAAPID?
Yes. ADEA CAAPID requires an official foreign dental school transcript evaluation to be sent to ADEA CAAPID. ADEA CAAPID will accept only WES and ECE evaluations, and the evaluation must be a full course-by-course (not summary) report. Only original copies of WES/ECE evaluations are accepted. Photocopies of any kind cannot be accepted. 

How can I edit a degree in the “Colleges Attended” section? 
To change a degree entry in the Colleges Attended section while completing an ADEA CAAPID℠ application, applicants should click on the blue Edit icon to the right of the degree to make any changes.

Should I list a college if I only took one class there?  

Who should write my letters of evaluation? 
ADEA CAAPID℠ does not specify who should write letters on behalf of an applicant. Applicants should check with the programs to which they are applying to in the event the program would like to see letters from specific individuals (e.g. supervisors during an observation, professors).

How do evaluators submit a letter for me? 

Applicants must submit the names and contact information including email address of their evaluators. The evaluators will receive an email with instructions on how to upload the letter.

What test do I have to take to apply? 
To complete the ADEA CAAPID℠ application, it is required to report National Board Examination Scores. Applicants should refer to the specific program that they wish to apply to which can be found in the ADEA CAAPID℠ Directory.

Where do I send my test scores? 
Official test scores are not needed, although some programs may require them in their supplemental documents. Applicants will self-report scores in the ADEA CAAPID℠ application only.

What is the minimum score I need on my National Board Dental Exam? 
ADEA CAAPID℠ does not require a minimum test score. Check the ADEA CAAPID℠ Directory for testing information by individual programs.

Do the programs need more information after I’ve submitted ADEA CAAPID℠? 
Applicants should check with all individuals programs they applied to for information on supplemental information.

What is supplemental information and where do I send it? 
Supplemental Information is any additional information that is required from a specific program outside of materials collected by ADEA CAAPID. All supplemental information required by a program must be sent directly to that program.

Can I upload my resume? 
No. Applicants will be asked to input professional and volunteer experiences instead. Applicants are advised to update their resume to assist in this process.

How much does ADEA CAAPID℠ cost? 
ADEA CAAPID℠ is $245 for the first designation and $93 for each additional designation. Designations are individual participating programs an applicant can choose to apply to.

What payment methods are accepted? 
Payment must be made by credit card (online).

How do I learn more about financing my education? 
There is not a general answer that fits all situations or applicants. All programs have different policies and practices; applicants should contact the programs and financial aid offices they are applying to for more information on financing the degree.