Last updated on March 20, 2024.

University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry

Program Size
Program Length
25 months
Application Open
March 7, 2024
Application Deadline
June 30, 2024
Program Start
May 7, 2025

Program Contact

Genevieve Cedillo PPID Coordinator
Office of Student Services 10833 Le Conte Avenue Room A0-111 CHS Los Angeles, CA 90095-1762 310-825-6218
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The University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry (UCLA SOD) Professional Program for International Dentists (PPID) commences with a rigorous curriculum focused on didactic, pre-clinical and clinical preparatory instruction. After successfully completing these courses, students will be fully integrated into the third year class and granted the same opportunities in research, clinical experience, professional development and extracurricular activities as a traditional UCLA SOD student. The goal of this program is to produce dentists who possess the necessary knowledge in the biomedical sciences and clinical skills to provide competent and comprehensive dental care within the United States. We welcome your application to join the program and become part of the UCLA SOD community. We take pride in our core mission to improve the oral and general health of the people of California, the nation and the world through education, research, patient care and public service.

Program Information

Degree Awarded D.D.S.
Program Size 30
Program Length 25 months
Application Open Date March 7, 2024
Application Deadline June 30, 2024
Program Start Date May 7, 2025
Supplemental Application Yes
Supplemental Fee Yes
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or hold U.S. legal permanent resident status (green card) No
Bench Test Yes
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Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

  • NBDE

Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental application
  • Requires supplemental fee

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

Letters of Evaluation Instructions

Three Letters of Recommendation are required. Applicants must submit one Letter of Recommendation from each of the following individuals: Dean or head of the applicant’s dental school, dental school clinical instructor who is able to evaluate the applicant’s potential and 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.

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

All applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL ) to be considered for admission. All applicants must meet the following minimum section requirements for the internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Writing: 25, Speaking: 24, Reading 21, Listening: 17 or Alternatively, have a total TOEFL score report of 95 or higher to be considered. The minimum score requirement for the paper-based TOEFL (PBT) is 560. PPID is accepting the TOEFL best scores exam and home-based iBT TOEFL exam for the 2024-2025 application cycle. An official, original, sealed TOEFL report must be submitted by the applicant directly to the Office of Student Services by the application deadline.

National Board Requirement Instructions

Program requires passage of both NBDE Parts I and Part II or passage of the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) to be considered for admission. The NBDE must be requested by the applicant online and submitted by the deadline to: UCLA School of Dentistry, PPID Coordinator at


Other Requirement Instructions

Curriculum Vitae/Professional Resume

A current copy of the applicant's curriculum vitae/professional resume along with the supplemental application must be submitted through box as a combined pdf, to the Office of Student Services by the application deadline. (The file must not exceed 5MB). Please include education/training, professional employment/organizations, research/publications, honors/awards and community service. 

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of US$250 must be sumbitted online at the School of Dentistry PPID website.  Checks or money orders will not be accetped.

Acuity Insight - Admission Assessment of Non-Cognitive Skills 

All applicants are required to complete the Acuity Insights CASPER Assessment, for the 2024-2025 admissions cycle. Visit the Acuity Insights website to create an account and schedule your CASPER assessment: 60-90 minute online, open-response situational judgement test. Testing dates for the UCLA PPID program will be posted on the Acuity Insights website. There will be at least two testing dates in May and two testing dates in June.  For questions, please contact Acuity Insights directly. 

NOTE: Appliants are encouraged to submit all the required application documents as early as possible and may do so prior to taking the CASPER exam.