University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine

Description of Program

The Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine (UNLV SDM) is a two-year (six-semester) advanced standing program for dentists from dental schools not accredited by Commission on Dental Accreditation who are interested in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be eligible to practice in the United States after successful regional licensing board completion. 


Contact Information

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
School of Dental Medicine 
DDS Program, Office of Student Affairs
Shadow Lane Campus
1001 Shadow Lane MS 7427
Las Vegas, NV 89106-4124
Email: DDS_admissions@unlv.edu
Website: www.unlv.edu/dental/admissions

Program Details

Length of Program: 24 months
Program Deadline: All required documents must be received in our office by June 30, 2021 at Noon PST.
Start Date: May 2022
Class Size: No more than 8
Degree Awarded: D.D.S



Requirements to Apply to Program

Please refer to our program website for complete instructions on applying to the UNLV SDM DDS program.


Evidence of a Dental Degree or Equivalent From a Foreign Country

  • An official copy of diploma and/or degree, transcript (translated into English) from the applicant’s dental school or equivalent institute in an original, unopened, sealed envelope.

Official Dental School Transcripts

  • Transcripts should be evaluated “course-by-course” with GPA by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). To ensure uniformity of evaluation, ECE is the only credentialed evaluation report accepted.

National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE)

  • Successful completion of the NBDE Parts I and II or the Integrated National Board Dental Examinations (INBDE) is required.
  • Test scores must be within the past six years.

Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT), if Applicable

  • If NBDE scores are more than six years old, the ADAT is required in conjunction with NBDE Parts I and II passing scores.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL is required with a valid minimum score of 98 and must be taken within two years of application.


Letters of Recommendation 

Three Letters of Recommendation are required

  • One should be from someone at the academic dean’s level at the dental school from which the student graduated.
  • Second should be from a practicing dentist (or specialist).
  • Third should be from someone who has known you for at least the last two years, not a family member or friend.
  • Letters must be provided on school or company letterhead with the evaluators’ contact details.

Please use the required curriculum vitae (CV) templatePDF when submitting your CV.

You must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, Canadian resident or eligible for a U.S. student (F1) visa to apply for the program.


In order for the applicant's application to be considered for review, the applicant must fulfill the following steps:

  1. Submit an online application to the ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (ADEA CAAPID®) by the application deadline.
  2. Download the UNLV SDM D.D.S. program Supplemental Application.

    Submit a complete supplemental application form and application fee to:
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    School of Dental Medicine
    D.D.S. Program, Office of Student Affairs
    Shadow Lane Campus
    1001 Shadow Lane, MS 7427
    Las Vegas, NV 89106 4124
    Email: DDS_admissions@unlv.edu