University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry

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Description of Program

The Professional Program for International Dentists (PPID) commences with pre-clinical review courses that include didactic and clinical preparatory instruction. After completing these courses, students will be provided the same experiences as 3rd and 4th year students in the traditional 4-year program. Once integrated, PPID students will be granted the same opportunities in research, clinical experience, professional development and extracurricular activities as are available to the traditional students.

Contact Information

Genevieve Cedillo
Office of Student Affairs
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 July 10, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST.
Start Date: May 2020
Class Size: 20
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.

Admissions Requirements & Application Materials

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 (CAAPID) by the application deadline.

The following documents must be submitted directly to ADEA CAAPID:

ECE Course-by-Course Report

  • All applicants are required to have their transcripts translated and evaluated by the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) in a "Detail Report" / "Course by Course" report sent directly to ADEA CAAPID.
  • We do not accept WES reports.
  • If admitted, UCLA PPID will require official an ECE report to be sent directly to the Office of Student Affairs.

Three Letters of Recommendation

  • UCLA PPID accepts up to 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.
    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 2 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, 11:59 p.m. PST on July 10, 2019. Late applications will not be considered. Begin the application process early and leave time to submit your application by our deadline date, as we will not make any exceptions.

Application Fees

  • A non-refundable application fee of US $150 must be submitted online at the School of Dentistry PPID website under Admissions/Supplemental/Application Fee:
  • Checks or money orders will not be accepted.

National Board Dental Examination 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 Part I and Part II to be considered for admission (minimum score of 75 or PASS results)

English Language Proficiency (TOEFL)

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • All applicants must take the TOEFL to be considered for admission.
  •  The minimum score requirement for the paper-based TOEFL (PBT) is 560. For the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), all applicants must meet the following minimum section requirements: Writing: 25, Speaking: 24, Reading: 21, Listening: 17 or have a total TOEFL score of 95 or higher to be considered.  Applicants who do not meet this criteria will not be considered. 
  • Sealed, official TOEFL report must be submitted directly to the Office of Student Affairs by the application deadline (Institution Code 8354). 

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 Affairs 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 finalist for a written and bench examination as well as a personal interview.  Should you be selected, you will be notified by mid-September and will need to provide a non-refundable testing fee of US $300 (Money Order or Cashier’s Check) made payable to the UC Regents. 
  • 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 within 21 days of acceptance.