The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics

Description of Program

The mission of The University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics is to educate dentists for Iowa and beyond through excellence in education, patient care and research.

The Iowa Dental Advanced Standing Program offers dentists trained outside the United States the opportunity to earn a Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredited D.D.S. degree. This degree will enable graduates to apply for a state license to practice dentistry in the United States. After the interview process, up to four successful qualified candidates will be selected. The curriculum begins with 3-4 months of online courses followed by a mandatory pre-matriculation summer course, which prepares them to integrate with the D3 clinical educational programs. The course is designed to evaluate and calibrate candidates in various clinical procedures to assure congruence with our traditional students. Each component of the educational program must be successfully completed prior to entering the third-year D.D.S. program.

Contact Information

Office of Admissions
Iowa Dental Advanced Standing Program
University of Iowa College of Dentistry
N345 DSB
Iowa City, IA 52240

Program Details

Length of Program: 30 months
Program Deadline: Sept. 1, 2020
Start Date:
Jan. 2021 (online course)
May 2021 (onsite)
Class Size: Up to 4
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

*Communication by email is preferred. (Add to your email contacts to ensure delivery of all email correspondence.) Only applications that are complete, meet the deadline and meet the requirements will be reviewed and considered for admission.

Only documents on the CAAPID website will be reviewed and considered for admission. Do not send any supplemental application materials directly to the program prior to being offered an interview.

Requirements to Apply to Program

Applicants must apply through the ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (ADEA CAAPID®). Apply online at ADEA CAAPID.

Residency Status

Preference will be given to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (green card holders) or those holding legal asylum or refugee status.

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • All non-native, English-speaking applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and gain a score of 100 or more to be considered for admission. (No waiver will be given.)
  • Only internet-based TOEFL (iBT) scores are accepted (no paper-based).
  • Only scores from TOEFL exams taken after Oct. 1, 2018, will be considered. Scores from exams taken before Oct. 1, 2018, will not be considered.
  • The testing agency must submit original TOEFL scores directly to ADEA CAAPID.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • To be considered for admissions, the program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and II.
  • When an interview is offered, official NBDE scores will be requested by the program.

Letters of Evaluation

  • The program requires three Letters of Evaluation.
    1. One Letter of Evaluation to come from a former faculty member.
    2. One Letter of Evaluation to come from a former teacher or mentor who can attest to applicant's character, conduct and professional ability.
    3. The third Letter of Evaluation may come from an individual of the applicant’s choice that is not a family member.
  • The letters of evaluation must be written in English on official letterhead and signed by the letter writer.
  • Letters must be less than two years old.
  • Letters must be submitted by the letter writer directly to ADEA CAAPID.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID a detailed evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE).
  • If offered an interview, the applicant must submit the original academic record from their dental school directly to the program.

Application Fees

  • Application fee: $250 (This is separate from the ADEA CAAPID application fee.)
  • Interview fee: $1,500.
  • Admitted students must pay a non-refundable deposit.

When an interview is offered, supplemental application material may be requested and may include:

  • NBDE scores—applicant numerical scores.
  • A copy of the applicant’s dental license, if applicable.
  • Proof of residency—a copy of immigration documentation (passport, permanent resident card or Visa).
  • A 2x2-inch color photograph. Print your name and ADEA CAAPID number on the back of the photo.