Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

Description of Program

The International Dental Program at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (LLUSD) is designed to allow qualified dentists educated in countries outside the U.S. to earn Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degrees in the United States. The D.D.S. degree from a United States dental school is an educational requirement for eligibility to take the dental licensure examination in many states. The program has a minimum length of 27 months, but may be extended, when necessary, to meet the needs of a particular student.  


Contact Information

Office of Admissions
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
PH Room 5503
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Telephone: 909-558-4621
Fax: 909-558-0195
Email: Admissions.sd@llu.edu

Program Details

Length of Program: 27 months
Program Deadline: July 1, 2020                   
Start Date: March 2021
Class Size: 32
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.


Requirements to Apply to Program

English Language Proficiency

  • Must demonstrate acceptable English speaking and reading skills. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  To be competitive, a score of 100 or above is highly recommended.
  • To be considered official, TOEFL score report must be sent directly from TOEFL to LLUSD (not to ADEA CAAPID®) during supplemental application process.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • Must pass NBDE Part I and II to be considered for admission.
  • Submit official National Board Scores to LLUSD during supplemental application process. (Official report must be mailed directly to LLUSD by ADA.)

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) Requirements

  • Completion of the ADAT is accepted, but not required for admission to the program.

Letter of Evaluation

  • Program accepts up to three Letters of Recommendation.
  • Program prefers one Letter of Recommendation to come from former teachers or mentors who can attest to applicant’s character, conduct and professional ability.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • A detailed evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) must be submitted to ADEA CAAPID and to LLUSD during the supplemental application process.
  • Official transcripts/mark sheets and degree certificate must be mailed directly to LLUSD by the dental university attended during the supplemental application process.

Application and Fees

  • After receipt of your verified CAAPID application, instructions will be sent via email for a school specific supplemental application.
  • There is a $150.00 supplemental application fee.

Other documents that should be sent directly to program (not to ADEA CAAPID)

  • Send an electronic 2” X 2” photograph to LLUSD (not to ADEA CAAPID) during the supplemental application process.

Additional Requirements

  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview and admissions testing, with fee.