Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Download a PDF of the ADEA CAAPID profile for the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.
Description of Program
ASPID 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
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists (ASPID)
925 W 34 Street, 201
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Length of Program: 24 months
Program Deadline: August 25, 2019
Start Date: April/May 2020
Class Size: 34
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.
Requirements to apply to program
Step 1: Complete online application
The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC participates in the
American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Centralized Application for
Advanced Placement for International Dentists (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) is considered.
With the exception of official GRE
scores and/or graduate program transcripts, supplemental materials are not
to be sent to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.
Step 2: Submit your processing fee
Submit a non-refundable application
fee to the Herman Ostrow
School of Dentistry after submitting the ADEA CAAPID application.
The USC application fee is $145.00. You
must pay online by visiting our online payment portal at https://dent-web20.usc.edu/dentaladmisspay/payment/login.asp?accessdenied=%2Fdentaladmisspay%2Fpayment%2Findex%
Step 3: Visit the USC campus for an interview
If selected as a competitive
applicant an on-site 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 (1) to evaluate each
applicant’s methods and skills (2) to determine each candidate’s artistic
ability (3) to conduct a group interview evaluation session (4) and to 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, any U.S. college or
university attended, TOEFL and ADA National Dental Board Examination scores. Non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent U.S.
residents must provide TOEFL scores, which are self-reported via the CAAPID
application. All accepted
candidates must complete a “Certification of Studies” evaluation for USC
through IERF. IERF is not required for the general application. Please
visit www.ierf.org/usc for specifics on how to submit and complete the process. 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
Step 4: Apply for your student visa
USC will assist ASPID candidates in
obtaining student visas to study at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.
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 $111,000). This document must be verified by a
bank stamp or the U.S. consul.
If you wish to include a spouse
and/or dependents on your visa, you will also be required to provide:
- their full names
- dates of birth
- country of citizenship
- country of birth
- 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
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 click the link for Required Health Documentation.