To be considered for admission to the UCLA School of Dentistry’s PPID program, each applicant (first-time and reapplying) must complete the following steps (in order):

The PPID application checklist is an optional tool designed to assist applicants in the application process. The checklist does not need to be submitted with your application, it is for your personal reference only. 

Step #1: ADEA Application for International Dentists

Submit an online application through the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID). 

The following documents must be submitted directly to CAAPID:

1. Educational Credential Evaluators Course-by-Course Report 

All PPID applicants are required to have their transcripts translated and evaluated by the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) Course by Course report. The applicant should specify on the ECE application that they would like the evaluation to be sent directly to CAAPID. The following materials must be submitted directly to ECE for evaluation: 

  • Original certified college (post-secondary) transcripts

  • Original certified professional education transcripts

  • Official copy of the diploma and/or degree from the applicant's dental school program

If accepted into the program, we will also require an official ECE report to be sent directly to the Office of Student Services. For more information please visit Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (We do not accept WES reports.)

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2. Three Letters of Recommendation

(All letters of recommendation need to be originals on letterhead, in English or English translation) 

The applicant must submit one letter of recommendation from each of the following individuals:

  • Dean or head of the applicant's dental school (If the Dean during your time of study is not available to write a letter on your behalf, please refer to our FAQs for instructions.)

  • Dental school clinical instructor who is able to evaluate the applicant's potential

  • 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.

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Step #2: Supplemental Materials

We also require a supplemental application and other materials. We recommend that interested applicants begin the application process early and leave time to submit your application by our deadline date, postmark deadline is June 30, 2023. Walk-ins will be accepted until 4PM PST on June 30. There will be no exceptions to the deadline.

1. PPID Supplemental Application

The PPID Supplemental Application will be emailed to you within two weeks following the completion of your ADEA CAAPID application. Please email back your completed PPID Supplemental Application with your curriculum vitae/professional resume as a combined pdf, no larger than 5 MB by the deadline, June 30, 2023 to:

2. Curriculum Vitae/Professional Resume - Please include education, professional employment/organizations, research/publications, honors/awards, and community service.

3. Application Fee - A non-refundable application fee of $250 U.S. dollars must be submitted online. 

4. Interview/Testing Fee - If you are invited for an interview, a non-refundable Interview/Testing Fee of $300 U.S. dollars must be submitted on-line.

Step #3: NBDE and TOEFL Reports

1. National Board Dental Examination (NBDE Part I and Part II/ INBDE)

Applicants must pass both NBDE Part I and Part II OR pass the INBDE. Official NBDE or INBDE score reports must be requested by the applicant online and submitted to the UCLA School of Dentistry, PPID Coordinator at

Questions: Visit the ADA


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2. English Language Proficiency (TOEFL)

Official, sealed TOEFL scores must be submitted by the applicant directly to:

UCLA School of Dentistry/ Office of Student Services
Professional Program for International Dentists
10833 Le Conte Ave, Rm A0-111CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1762. 

Scores are valid for 2 years from the exam date, therefore score reports from exams taken in March 2021 to present will be accepted. For more information please visit the Educational Testing Service website.  Notarized copies or opened scores will not be accepted. 

The TOEFL exam is required of all applicants who did not complete their High School education in the United States. Permanent residents, US citizens, students who hold degrees from the United States are all required to submit a TOEFL score report. For the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), you must meet the minimum score requirement in each of the four sections (listed below) OR have a total combined TOEFL score of 95 or higher to be considered. Waivers will not be granted. (We will accept the TOEFL "Best Score" and "Home-based" TOEFL score reports for the 2023-2024 application cycle).

Minimum score requirements for paper-based TOEFL*




Minimum score requirements for internet-based TOEFL (iBT), for each section 










OR combined total (iBT) TOEFL score of 95 or more


 PPID supplemental documents that do not meet the requirements or are missing or are received after the June 30, 2023 deadline, will be regarded as incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered for review.

Certification of Finances

Qualified applicants who require an F-1 visa must complete a confidential financial statement before final admission. The certification is necessary for UCLA to provide a certificate of eligibility, which allows the applicant to apply for a student visa. 

Only those accepted to the program will need to complete the Certification of Finances.

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Step #4: Altus Suite Assessment

Admission Assessment of non-cognitive skills (Casper and Snapshot)



All applicants are required to complete the Altus "Casper" Assessment through Acuity Insights, as part of their application for the 2023/2024 admission cycle.  (Acuity Insights is the new company name for Altus Assessments). Visit Acuity Insights -TakeAltus to create an account and complete the following assessment:

Casper: 60-90 minute online,open-response situational judgement test (SJT)

NOTE: In mid-April 2023, Altus will post available testing date for UCLA.  Testing dates are scheduled for May and June. If you have any questions please contact Acuity Insights/Altus.   

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It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that instructions are followed and all materials are received by the Office of Student Services by the June 30, 2023 deadline. The postmarked deadline is June 30, 2023, the email deadline for the supplemental application and curriculum vitae is June 30, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST, and the deadline for supplemental documents that are hand delivered to the Student Services office is June 30, 2023 at 4:00 PM 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. Only complete applications that meet all minimum requirements will be eligible for review by the Admissions Committee.

Finalists invited for the second phase of our selection process will be notified via email, no later than mid-October, to participate in a skills evaluation and personal interview at the UCLA School of Dentistry.   

Acceptance notifications will be sent in mid-November. For the candidates offered admissions to the program, a non-refundable deposit will be expected. Formal letters of non-accept will not be distributed.

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