Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Description of Program

The Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists (ASPID) at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC (OSD USC) is designed to teach qualified dentists from other countries the knowledge and skills found in the United States. The program can be completed within two years. The first year is devoted to technical and academic procedures and the second year to clinical training as necessary to achieve graduation qualifications. A Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) is awarded at completion of the program. All graduates are eligible to take the clinical board examination required for licensure in the United States.


Contact Information

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists (ASPID)
925 W 34 Street, 201
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Telephone: 213-740-2851
Fax: 213-740-8109
Email: uscsdadm@usc.edu
Website: dentistry.usc.edu/programs/aspid    

Program Details

Length of Program: 24 months
Program Deadline: Aug. 24, 2020
Start Date: April/May 2021
Class Size: 34
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.



Requirements to Apply to Program

Step 1: Complete Online Application

OSD USC participates in ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (ADEA CAAPID®). All applications must be submitted online, directly to CAAPID.

Applicants who have earned a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. college or university should submit official transcripts from that program. Although not required, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) are considered. With the exception of official GRE scores and/or graduate program transcripts, supplemental materials are not to be sent to the OSD USC.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE)

  • Applicants must pass NBDE Part I. ADEA CAAPID collects both self-reported results and official results when requested by the applicant.
  • Beginning the 2021-22 cycle, applicants will be required to complete and pass NBDE Parts I and II or the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) to be eligible to apply for our ASPID program.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents must also provide TOEFL scores.
  • While TOEFL scores below 100 are considered, a score of 100 or higher is preferred. TOEFL scores are self-reported in the ADEA CAAPID application; therefore, there is no need to submit score reports, unless later instructed.

Step 2: Submit Your Processing Fee

  • Submit a non-refundable application fee to the OSD USC after submitting the ADEA CAAPID application.
  • The USC application fee is $145. You must pay online by visiting our online payment portal.

Step 3: Visit the USC Campus For an Interview

If selected as a competitive applicant, an onsite interview will be required. This interview is by invitation only and includes a Practical Dental Exam, which may also include a written dental exam.

The purposes of the interview are to:

  1. Evaluate each applicant’s methods and skills;
  2. Determine each candidate’s artistic ability;
  3.  a group interview evaluation session; and
  4. Evaluate interpersonal skills, critical thinking and English communication ability.

All offers of acceptances are conditional and contingent upon successful completion of all currently enrolled courses/programs, receipt of official transcripts from the dental school attended and any U.S. college or university attended as well as TOEFL and NBDE scores. Non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent U.S. residents must provide TOEFL scores, which are self-reported via the ADEA CAAPID application.

All accepted candidates must complete a “Certification of Studies” evaluation for USC through the International Education Research Foundation (IERF). IERF is not required for the general application.

Please visit IERF’s USC web page for general information. Failure to fulfill these responsibilities will result in any offer of acceptance being rescinded without notice.

IERF is not an application requirement. If accepted to the program, students will be instructed at that time to complete IERF.


Step 4: Apply for Your Student Visa

  • USC will assist ASPID candidates in obtaining student visas to study at OSD USC.
  • Once you have been officially accepted to USC, we will issue a form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility,” which you must present when you apply for a visa at the U.S. consulate or embassy in your home country.
  • In order for an I-20 to be processed, you must present to the USC Office of Graduate and International Admissions a notarized statement documenting that you have the financial resources for your first year at USC (approximately $115,000). This document must be verified by a bank stamp or the U.S. consul.
  • If you wish to include a spouse and/or dependent(s) on your visa, you will also be required to provide their:
    • Full names,
    • Dates of birth,
    • Country of citizenship,
    • Country of birth and
    • Relationship to you.
  • You must document in your financial statement that you have additional funds of $7,200 for a spouse and $3,600 per dependent.
  • Note that it is university policy to accept only those candidates who have the personal financial resources to pay for graduate study. Foreign students, with the exception of permanent residents, are typically ineligible for financial assistance through the university or U.S. banks.

Step 5: Meet Health Requirements

Please check for Required Health Documentation. PDF