Last updated on September 7, 2023.

University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

Program Size
Program Length
24 months
Application Open
September 22, 2023
Application Deadline
February 16, 2024
Program Start
January 1, 2025

Program Contact

Dr. Krithika Baskaran
University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Advanced Standing International Student Program 13065 E 17th Ave. Suites 403 Mail Stop F838 Aurora, CO 80045
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With more than 80,000 patient visits per year and over 400 students and residents, the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (CU SDM) is an active member of the clinical and educational Anschutz Medical Campus community in Aurora, CO—a community that you are invited to join. The CU SDM Advanced Standing International Student Program (ISP) offers qualified graduates of international dental programs the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree at CU SDM. Graduates of this two-year, accredited D.D.S. program may take any state or regional board, and thus, are eligible for licensure and practice within the United States. The program consists of didactic courses supported by some online resources, preclinical simulated courses provided within CU SDM and clinical courses involving direct patient care in the school’s clinic and community-based urban and rural health clinics.

Program Information

Degree Awarded D.D.S.
Program Size 40
Program Length 24 months
Application Open Date September 22, 2023
Application Deadline February 16, 2024
Program Start Date January 1, 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

  • You must submit only 3 (three) recommendations.

  • Recommendations that speak to your recent specific clinical skills, academic skills, and personal strengths are considered the most valuable.

  • It is important for the admission committee to get a sense of all your dental experiences, both US and non-US, from your recommendations. Thus, recommendations from faculty, internship/preceptorship leaders, health profession employers, and observerships are suggested.

  • The best recommendations are those that give an in-depth and specific description of the applicant's current or recent clinical dental skills and accomplishments, dental knowledge base, patient management skills, work ethic, personality, personal skills, character, and reliability.

  • Recommendations that highlight different aspects of you and show you are well-rounded are also valued.

  • Recommendations from organized bench prep groups are not considered particularly valuable.

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

All applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). CU SDM ISP does not make any exceptions for this criteria even for those who are citizens or those who did schooling in an English-speaking country. A score of 94 or higher on the TOEFL is required. CU SDM ISP will accept TOEFL iBT Home Edition. 

National Board Requirement Instructions

Applicants must pass Parts I and 2 of the NBDE or the Integrated National Board Dental Exam (INBDE).

Other Requirement Instructions

Applicants must take the Casper Assessment.