University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Adams School of Dentistry

Description of Program

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry (UNC SOD) offers the Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists (ASPID) as an entry for graduates of foreign dental schools (except Canadian graduates) who seek to receive additional training and practice dentistry in the United States.

ASPID students are expected to start in January 2021 with a six-month intensive preclinical track leading to integration into the third-year, predoctoral D.D.S. class during the fall semester of that same year. During the first six months, ASPID students enroll in didactic, preclinical and laboratory courses that will prepare them to be fully integrated into the third year of predoctoral dental education. Applicants are required to successfully pass National Board Dental Examination Parts I and II or the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE), the standard licensure tests for practice in the United States.

Contact Information

University Program Associate ASPID
UNC ASPID
CB # 7450
Adams School of Dentistry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Email: UNCASPID@email.unc.edu

Program Details

Length of Program: 29 months 
Program Application Deadline: May 29, 2020
On-Boarding Date: Dec. 9, 2020
Start Date: Jan. 4, 2021
Class Size: 4
Degree Awarded: D.D.S.



Requirements to Apply to Program

A Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Applicants should include information about education, professional (employment/organizations), research (publications), honors and awards and community service.

Personal Statement

  • The personal statement should include information about dental education experiences, dental related activities and professional goals.

English Language Proficiency

  • Applicants must be proficient in the English language. UNC SOD will accept internet-based TOEFL (iBT) scores only. Program recommends an iBT average score of 95 or above, with 20 or above in each of the four evaluations. TOEFL may be waived if candidate has a degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university.

    The score received at time of application must be less than two years old. Original TOEFL scores must be submitted from TOEFL directly to ADEA CAAPID®.

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • Applicants are required to successfully pass NBDE Parts I and II or the Integrated National Board Dental Examination before applying to our program.

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

  • The ADAT will not be considered for admission to the program.

Letter of Evaluation

  • Program requires three Letters of Evaluation. All letters must have a signature and be on the letterhead of the letter writer’s affiliated organization, school or dental practice and must be in English.

    Program prefers one Letter of Evaluation to come from the dean or a faculty member of the dental school from which the applicant graduated. The second letter should come from a dentist practicing in the United States who supervised or worked with the applicant in a clinical or educational setting or who the applicant shadowed. The third letter should come from someone the applicant has been supervised by in a professional setting. Writers must submit Letters of Evaluation directly to ADEA CAAPID.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Submit an official, detailed, “course-by-course” evaluation of your dental school transcript and any other post-dental degrees obtained outside the United States as well as a copy of your diploma and dental license, if applicable.

    All transcripts, diplomas and dental licenses obtained outside of the United States must be translated and certified by Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE). Submit an official copy of a transcript for any degree earned in the United States. Evaluations from World Education Service (WES) or any other evaluator will not be accepted.

Supplemental Application Directly to UNC SOD

A supplemental application is required after the completion of the ADEA CAAPID application.

Visit the website for more details of the materials and costs associated with the supplemental application.