Last updated on March 7, 2024.

Western University Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine

Program Size
Program Length
26 months
Application Open
March 7, 2024
Application Deadline
July 20, 2024
Program Start
February 26, 2025

Program Contact

Nicole Gutzke
Office of Admissions 309 E. 2nd Street Pomona, CA 91766 (909) 469-5335
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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- accredited school that is required for licensure in United States.

Program Information

Degree Awarded D.M.D.
Program Size 20
Program Length 26 months
Application Open Date March 7, 2024
Application Deadline July 20, 2024
Program Start Date February 26, 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

Citizenship and Immigration Eligibility

International applicants, or any other applicants who are not U.S. citizens and who are living in the U.S., must provide proof of legal U.S. residency prior to matriculation.

Transcript Evaluation and Instructions

World Education Services (WES)

All coursework taken from non-U.S institutions (excluding English-speaking Canadian institutions) must be submitted to World Education Services (WES) for a course-by-course evaluation. No other evaluations will be accepted. Evaluation must include letter grades, pass/fail or credit/no credit, and must specify which courses are considered undergraduate, graduate and professional. Completed evaluations should be submitted directly to ADEA CAAPID.

Official transcripts for any courses completed at U.S. institutions must be submitted directly to ADEA CAAPID.

Letters of Evaluation Instructions

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.

TOEFL Requirement Instructions

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 ADEA 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: 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. 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 Requirement Instructions

Applicants must have passed NBDE Parts I and II or the Integrated NBDE.

Other Requirement Instructions

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