University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry

Description of Program

The University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry (UCLA SOD) Professional Program for International Dentists (PPID) commences with a rigorous curriculum focused on didactic, pre-clinical and clinical preparatory instruction. After successfully completing these courses, students will be fully integrated into the third year class and granted the same opportunities in research, clinical experience, professional development and extracurricular activities as a traditional UCLA SOD student.

The goal of this program is to produce dentists who possess the necessary knowledge in the biomedical sciences and clinical skills to provide competent and comprehensive dental care within the United States.

We welcome your application to join the program and become part of the UCLA SOD community. We take pride in our core mission to improve the oral and general health of the people of California, the nation and the world through education, research, patient care and public service.

Contact Information

Genevieve Cedillo
Office of Student Services
10833 Le Conte Avenue
Room A0-111 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1762
Telephone: 310-825-6218
Fax: 310-825-9808

Program Details

Length of Program: 25 months
Application Deadline: All required documents must be received in our office by June 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Start Date: May 2022
Class Size: 25
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

Requirements to Apply to Program

To be considered for admission, each applicant must fulfill the following steps:

Step 1: ADEA CAAPID Application

Submit an online application to ADEA’s Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (ADEA CAAPID®) by the application deadline.

The following documents must be submitted directly to CAAPID:

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. "Course-by-Course" Report

  • All applicants are required to have their transcripts translated and evaluated by the ECE in a “detail report”/“course-by-course” report sent directly to ADEA CAAPID.
  • We do not accept World Education Service (WES) reports.
  • If admitted, PPID will require an official ECE report to be sent directly to the UCLA SOD Office of Student Services.

Three Letters of Recommendation

  • PPID accepts three Letters of Evaluation.
  • Applicants must submit one Letter of Recommendation from each of the following individuals:
    1. Dean or head of the applicant’s dental school.
    2. Dental school clinical instructor who is able to evaluate the applicant’s potential and
    3. A person of the applicant’s choosing, preferably someone with whom the applicant has worked with.
  • We recommend that letters of recommendation be written within the last two years.
  • Letters of Recommendation must be sent directly to ADEA CAAPID.

Step 2: PPID Supplemental Application Form

The PPID Supplemental Application will be emailed to you within two weeks following the completion of your ADEA CAAPID application. Please email a completed and accurate PPID Supplemental Application in a combined pdf with your curriculum vitae (no larger than 5MB) to by the application deadline of June 30, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PST.

Late applications will not be considered. Begin the application process early and leave time to submit your application by the PPID deadline date, as the program will not make any exceptions.

Application Fees

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

Official NBDE score reports must be requested by the applicant online and submitted to:

Organization name: UCLA
Email address:
Contact name: PPID Coordinator

Program requires passage of both NBDE Parts I and Part II or passage of the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) to be considered for admission.

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • All applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL )to be considered for admission.
  • All applicants must meet the following minimum section requirements for the internet-based TOEFL (iBT):
    • Writing: 25,
    • Speaking: 24,
    • Reading 21,
    • Listening: 17 or
    • have a total TOEFL score report of 95 or higher to be considered. 
      The minimum score requirement for the paper-based TOEFL (PBT) is 560.
  • PPID is accepting the home-based iBT TOEFL exam for the 2021 application cycle.
  • A sealed, official TOEFL report must be submitted by the applicant directly to the Office of Student Services by the application deadline.

Curriculum Vitae/Professional Resume

  • A current copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae/professional resume must be submitted by email to the Office of Student Services by the application deadline in a combined pdf with the supplemental application (The file must not exceed 5MB).
  • Please include education, professional employment/organizations, research/publications, honors/awards and community service.

Additional Requirements

  • The Admissions Committee will review all application files and select finalists for examinations and a personal interview. Should you be selected, you will be notified by late-September and will need to provide a non-refundable testing fee of US $300. 
  • Notification of acceptances will be sent no later than mid-November. Candidates offered admissions to the program are expected to submit a non-refundable deposit.