Application Deadline

IDP candidates applying for admission in January 2022 must apply by May 30, 2021. Only ADEA CAAPID-verified applications with all required application materials submitted by the deadline will be considered. The class starts in January; generally immediately after the New Year’s Day holiday.

This program accepts internationally trained dentists only (D.D.S., B.D.S., or equivalent).

National Boards

Candidates must pass Part I and Part II of the National Boards to qualify for admission into the program.


Candidates who wish to apply to the program must submit the following materials. Information on the program can be found on the ADEA website.

  1. Application form: An applicant should complete application through the ADEA CAAPID service.
  2. TOEFL: For any student who does not speak English as a primary language, TOEFL iBT scores must be provided through CAAPID.
  3. National Board Dental Examination, Part I and Part II: Results from the NBDE Part I and Part II must be provided through CAAPID.
  4. Letters of evaluation: Program requires three Letters of Evaluation from former teachers or mentors who can attest to applicant's character, conduct, and professional ability. If possible one or more of the three letters should be from a dentist practicing in the United States who supervised or worked with the applicant in a clinical or educational setting.
  5. Educational transcripts: An applicant must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) through CAAPID.
  6. Application fee: After completing the CAAPID application, a program specific application fee is required. Electronically submit payment of $175 non-refundable processing fee to the program using the online payment portal.


Candidates may be invited to travel to UAB for an interview. This interview includes a preclinical exercise to evaluate hand skills in addition to a dental case to evaluate critical thinking skills. All items necessary for the exercise are provided for the candidate. The fee for this evaluation is $250. Additional materials will need to be provided directly to UAB if selected for an interview.