Western University Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine

Description of Program

The International Dentist Program (IDP) at the Western University Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine (WU CDM) awards a D.M.D. degree to students who have graduated from dental schools outside of the United States or Canada. The curriculum begins with a two-month intensive course that calibrates IDP students to the first two years of the curriculum and prepares them to enter the clinical education program. This course includes study of preclinical sciences, integrated biomedical sciences and treatment of medically complex patients, behavioral science, interprofessional education and clinical service learning. Students then join regularly enrolled students as they enter clinical experiences and take the same courses for the following two years. Upon graduation, IDP students meet the educational requirement of having a degree from a Commission on Dental Accreditation- (CODA-) accredited school that is required for licensure in United States.


Contact Information

Office of Admissions
309 E. 2nd Street
Pomona, CA  91766
Phone: (909) 469-5335
Fax: (909) 469-5570
Email: admissions@westernu.edu

Program Details

Length of Program: 26 months
Program Deadline: July 20, 2020 
Start Date: March 1, 2021
Class Size: 5 students
Degree Awarded: D.M.D.



Requirements to Apply to Program

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • All applicants are required to submit an official copy of the “course-by-course” foreign transcript evaluation completed by World Education Services (WES) directly to ADEA CAAPID®.
  • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or other evaluation services reports are not accepted by WU CDM.
  • Official transcripts for any courses completed at U.S. institutions must be submitted to ADEA CAAPID.

English Language Proficiency

  • Applicants must be proficient in English speaking and reading comprehension.
  • All applicants whose native language is not English must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score results as part of the CAAPID application.
  • A minimum score of 79 for the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) must be submitted at the time of application.
  • TOEFL scores are valid for two years. Exceptions are listed below:
    1. The TOEFL exam will be waived for permanent and temporary residents of the United States who have completed at least six semester units of College English/English Composition from an accredited institution in the United States.
    2. English courses taken from foreign countries whose native language is English will be accepted (e.g., Canada, Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and the British West Indies).

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements

  • Applicants must have passed NBDE Parts I and II.
  • Official NBDE score reports must be submitted via the ADEA CAAPID application.

Advanced Dental Admissions Test (ADAT)

  • ADAT scores are accepted and will be considered, but are not required for admission to the program.

Letters of Evaluation

  • Two Letters of Evaluation in English are required from dentists who can attest to the applicant’s character, conduct and professional ability. At least one of the letters must be from a dentist who is full-time faculty at a dental school.
  • Letters must be no more than six months old and are accepted through the ADEA CAAPID system.

Supplemental Application

  • A supplemental application must be completed. See the program website for more information.

Application Fees

  • The non-refundable supplemental application fee is $200.

Additional Requirements

  • Qualified applicants will be invited to an onsite interview. An additional fee may be assessed for the onsite interview to cover costs of dexterity testing.