University of Iowa School of Dentistry

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Description of Program

The mission of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry 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 US accredited DDS degree.  This degree will enable graduates to apply for a License to practice Dentistry in most states.  Successful completion of a MANDATORY pre-matriculation course is required prior to the Advanced Standing Program students joining the D3 year - admission to the program is contingent upon completion of this summer 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: 24 months
Program Deadline: September 1, 2019                                          
Start Date: March 2020 (online course)
                  June 2020(onsite)
Class Size: 4
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

Requirements to apply to program

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

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Residency Status

Preference will be given to US citizens, US 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 TOEFL and gain a score of 100 or more to be considered for admission (No Waiver will be given).
  • Only computer based TOEFL scores are accepted (no paper based). 
  • Only scores from TOEFL exams taken AFTER October 1, 2017, will be considered. Scores from exams taken before October 1, 2017, will NOT be considered.
  • The testing agency must submit original TOEFL scores directly to ADEA CAAPID.

National Board Dental Examination Requirements

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

Letters of Evaluation

  • The program requires three letters of evaluation.
    • One Letter of Evaluation to come from a former faculty member.
    • One Letter of Evaluation to come from a former teacher or mentor who can attest to applicant's character, conduct, and professional ability.
    • 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 2 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 (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: $250.00 (separate from the ADEA CAAPID application fee)
  • Interview fee: $1500.00
  • Admitted students must pay a non-refundable deposit.

Communication by email is preferred. (add to your email contacts to insure 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 ADEA 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.

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

  • National Board 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 color photograph. Print your name and ADEA CAAPID number on the back of the photo.