University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry

Description of Program

The Professional Program for International Dentists (PPID) at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry (UCLA SOD) commences with preclinical review courses that include didactic and clinical preparatory instruction. After completing these courses, students will be provided the same experiences as third- and fourth-year students in the traditional four-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 other students.

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
Email: ppid_admissions@dentistry.ucla.edu  

Program Details

Length of Program: 25 months
Application Deadline:All required documents must be received in our office by July 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Start Date: May 2021
Class Size: 25
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.



Admissions Requirements and 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 (ADEA CAAPID®) by the application deadline.

The following documents must be submitted directly to 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”/“course-by-course” report sent directly to ADEA CAAPID.
  • We do not accept World Education Service (WES) reports.
  • If admitted, UCLA SOD PPID will require an official ECE report to be sent directly to the Office of Student Services.

Three Letters of Recommendation

  • UCLA SOD 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.
    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 CAAPID application.

Please email a completed and accurate PPID Supplemental ApplicationPDF in a combined pdf with your curriculum vitae (file size must be no larger than 5MB) to ppid_admissions@dentistry.ucla.edu by the application deadline of July 10, 2020, 11:59 p.m. PST.

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


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: ppid_admissions@dentistry.ucla.edu
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).


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • All applicants must take the TOEFL to be considered for admission.
  • All applicants must meet the following minimum section requirements for the internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Writing score of 25, Speaking score of 24, Reading score of 21, Listening score of 17 or have a total TOEFL score report of 95 or higher to be considered. The TOEFL report “My Best Score” will not be considered. The minimum score requirement for the paper-based TOEFL (PBT) is 560.
  • 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 finalist for examinations and a personal interview. If you are selected, you will be notified by late September and will need to provide a non-refundable testing fee of U.S. $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.