Southern Illinois University - School of Dental Medicine

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Description of Program

The IAPP of SIU-SDM is a full-time, daily, Monday through Friday, 27 month program that offers qualified graduates of dental programs outside of the United States and Canada the opportunity to earn the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU-SDM). Following successful completion of an initial 3 month didactic review and intensive skills development course (Clinical Certification Course), that is designed to assure congruence with our traditional students, candidates will merge with the junior class to complete the final two years of the DMD curriculum. Graduates of the program will have acquired the requisite knowledge and skills to engage in contemporary dental practice, and be eligible to take state and regional dental licensing examinations offered in the United States.

Contact Information

The IAPP of SIU-SDM Admissions Team  
Southern Illinois University
School of Dental Medicine
2800 College Ave., Bldg. 273
Alton, IL 62002

Telephone: (618) 474-7183                     
Fax: (618) 474-7249

Program Details

Length of Program: 27 months minimum
Program Deadline: June 28, 2018
Start Date: February 18, 2019
Class Size: 6 
Degree Awarded: D.M.D.

Requirements to apply to program

Prior to contacting the IAPP with questions, please make sure that you have reviewed the information on our website, including the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

English Language Proficiency

  • Applicants must prove proficiency in the English language.
  • All applicants must have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within the previous 2 years to be considered for admission. There will be no exceptions to this. Applicants who are U.S. citizens and/or were raised in English speaking countries will not be exempted from taking the TOEFL examination.
  • The Program accepts Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) scores only.
  • ONLY candidates invited for an interview will need to submit Official TOEFL scores from ETS to the program.  Paper copies of scores will not be accepted.  Only official TOEFL scores electronically submitted from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to IAPP of SIU-SDM will be accepted.
  • An IBT total score below 94 will not be accepted. It is recommended that the applicant have the following sub scores:
    • Reading – Recommended minimum score of 22
    • Listening – Recommended minimum score of 22
    • Speaking – Recommended minimum score of 26
    • Writing – Recommended minimum score of 24
  • Preference is given to candidates with an IBT total score minimum of 100, and with listening section scores above 25 and speaking section scores above 28.

National Board Dental Examination Requirements

  • Program requires passage of Part I National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) to be considered for admission.
  • Passage of Part II NBDE will be strongly considered.
  • ONLY candidates invited for an interview will need to submit Official NBDE scores directly to IAPP of SIU-SDM (not to ADEA CAAPID).

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

  • Completion of the ADAT is accepted, but NOT REQUIRED for admission to the program.

Letters of Evaluation

Three letters of evaluation are required: 

  • The letters should be from instructors or individuals who are able to evaluate the applicant's dental knowledge, skill, character, and potential for success in the IAPP.
  • At least one letter should be written by a dental professional who has worked with the candidate within the 12 months preceding application submission.
  • Letters must be written within the 12 months preceding application submission.
  • Letters of evaluation must be written in English, or translated by a certified U.S. translator at the applicant’s expense.
  • Letters of evaluation should be written on professional letterhead from the author and include original signature whenever possible.  If the letter is electronically submitted directly from the author to CAAPID with an electronic signature, it will be acceptable if it is not on letterhead.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID a detailed “Course-by-Course Evaluation”, by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), of transcripts from dental school and any other colleges attended outside the U.S.
  • If admitted, IAPP of SIU-SDM will require official transcripts from the applicant's original dental school to be sent directly to program.

Application Fees

  • A non-refundable application fee of $20 is required, and can ONLY be paid with a cashier’s check or money order in U.S. funds made payable to SIUE (Southern IL University – Edwardsville). 
  • A fee will be required for a mandatory technical bench examination only for applicants invited to interview at IAPP of SIU-SDM.

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

  • A supplemental application is required by the IAPP of SIU-SDM in addition to the ADEA CAAPID application. An application will not be considered by the admissions team until this supplemental application has been received. This is accessible for download on the Requirements and Admissions page of our website. Supplemental Application:
  • A passport size photograph (51 mm x 51 mm) should be attached to the IAPP supplemental application where indicated. Please sign, date, and write your CAAPID number on the back of the photograph. Should your photo get separated from your application, this will ensure that we know with which application it belongs.
  • All documents sent directly to IAPP of SIU-SDM must contain the applicant's CAAPID number for cross referencing.