University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

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Description of Program

The International Advanced Standing Program (IASP) is designed to permit qualified dentists who graduated from programs not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association to earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. 

The IASP is a minimum of two academic years in length. It is individualized for each admitted student and may require additional time to complete. The program begins in May of each year with intensive one-term didactic and preclinical courses. Following successful completion of this provisional segment, IASP students enter the predoctoral program. 

Contact Information

Anitha Potluri D.M.D., M.Dsc.                     
Director, International Advanced Standing program  
University of Pittsburgh
School of Dental Medicine
G119 Salk Hall
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Telephone: (412) 648-8422
Fax: (412) 648-9571

Program Details

Length of Program: 24 months
Program Application Deadline: July 5, 2019
Start Date: May 2020
Class Size: Maximum of 4-8
Degree Awarded: D.M.D.

Requirements to apply to program

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL
  • Successful completion of the TOEFL with a score of 100 or above is required
  • TOEFL results must be dated after December 31, 2017 and sent directly to ADEA CAAPID

National Board Dental Examination Requirements

  • Program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and II to be considered for admission. Official NBDE scores must be entered on the ADEA CAAPID application under the 'Academic History' > 'Standardized Tests' section. 

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

  • Completion of the ADAT is ACCEPTED, BUT NOT REQUIRED for admission to the program.

Letters of Evaluation


  • Required letters of evaluation (3) include: a letter from the dean of the dental school from which applicant graduated, a letter from the applicant's dental school faculty which must be directly uploaded by the letter writer to ADEA CAAPID, and one from a shadowing experience, preferably within the United States.  It is also preferred that recommenders directly upload the letters to ADEA CAAPID from their respective institutions, however, if for any reason this cannot be done, these letters should remain sealed and send directly by the recommenders to our program.  *These 3 letters are non-negotiable. 


  • No more than three additional letters from sources such as graduate schools or dentists from other shadowing experiences will be accepted or considered.  These additional letters should be uploaded to the 'Documents' section of ADEA CAAPID in the 'Program Materials' portion of the application.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID a course-by-course ECE evaluation of dental school transcript; only the ECE evaluation will be accepted.
  • Licenses/Certifications should be uploaded to ADEA CAAPID in the 'Supporting Information' > 'Licenses' section.

Application Fees

  • Once we have received the application through CAAPID, we will send an email confirmation to the applicant with instructions to pay our $75 university application fee.

Additional Requirements

  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview and bench test.
  • If invited for interview, applicants will be asked to submit 1) a notarized copy of passport page or proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, 2) official or notarized copies of dental school transcripts and any post-doctoral dental education transcripts, 3) recent 2” x 2” cell phone “headshot” photo.
  • A Bench test fee will be required from those applicants invited to interview.
  • Accepted applicants must pay a non-refundable tuition deposit at time of acceptance, which will be applied to the fall term. Accepted applicants must pay a nonrefundable fee prior to the provisional summer program that begins in late April/early May.
  • All fees described herein are non-refundable

NEW: BENCH TESTING PREPARATION COURSE is now offered at Pitt.  For more details click on the program link. (Participation in the course will not guarantee admission into our program.) 

For additional information and details on the application process, requirements and programs, please see our website:

  • Materials and fees must be sent to:
    Office of Admissions
    Attn: Ms. Katherine Adomitis  
    University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
    Suite 2114E, Salk Hall
    3501 Terrace Street,         
    Pittsburgh, PA 15261