Foreign-educated dentists

Are you a foreign-educated dentist?


Foreign-educated dentist: An individual who has attended, graduated and earned a dental degree from a dental school in a country other than the United States or Canada.


If you are a foreign-educated dentist and wish to become licensed to practice in the United States, you should be aware that most states require a degree from a dental education program accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

As a foreign-educated dentist, you can obtain a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree from a CODA-accredited program by attending an advanced standing program in the United States. An advanced standing program allows an individual to complete the D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree within two to three years of study. ADEA offers an application service that allows you to apply to multiple advanced standing programs at once. This service is called the ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (ADEA CAAPID℠)

Note: Not all advanced standing programs participate in ADEA CAAPID.

ADEA CAAPID simplifies the application process by allowing you to submit one standardized application, rather than individual applications, to each program. Advanced placement programs benefit by receiving uniform information on all applicants. ADEA CAAPID is open from March through January each year.