- How long is the Professional Program for International Dentists (PPID)?
The length of the program is 25 months.
- How many applicants does the program admit each year?
Each year we admit a minimum of 20 students.
- Does the UCLA School of Dentistry accept transfer students?
The UCLA School of Dentistry does not accept transfer students. All applicants must be in possession of their dental degree when applying to the program. Students who have not completed their dental degree will need to apply to the 4-year D.D.S. program. For more information please visit our website.
- How can I obtain a PPID brochure?
Information is only available on our website.
- Do you offer guided tours of the dental school?
Guided tours are not available. However, a self-guided tour sheet can be picked up at the Student Affairs Office in Rm A0-111 CHS during regular business hours.
- Do you offer a preparatory course for the bench examination?
The course is no longer offered. To check if they have reinstated the course, please contact the Continuing Education Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 825-6238.
- How can I make an appointment to meet with an admissions counselor?
No appointment is necessary. Please stop by the Student Affairs Office in Rm A0-111 CHS Monday through Friday (except Holidays) from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm to speak with an admissions counselor.
- Do you participate in CAAPID?
Yes. Applicants must complete a CAAPID application and the PPID supplemental application form in order to be considered for admission.
- Can I apply directly to UCLA instead of CAAPID?
No. All applicants must complete both applications.
- Can I submit my letters of recommendation directly to the program instead of CAAPID?
No. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to CAAPID. Applications with incomplete CAAPID documents will be considered incomplete. We will not accept the 3 letters of recommendation if they are mailed directly to the program.
- Do you accept more than 3 letters of recommendation?
Yes. We will accept up to two additional letters of recommendation. The additional letters must be submitted directly to the program. They must be different than those that were submitted to CAAPID.
- Can I pay the application fee online?
No. The application fee must be mailed to the Student Affairs Office in the form of a money order or cashier's check.
- Do you accept personal checks?
No. Personal checks will be voided and returned; we only accept money orders or cashier's checks.
- Can I submit the PPID Supplemental Application in person?
Yes. You can submit the supplemental application in person at the Student Affairs Office in Rm A0-111 CHS during regular business hours.
- What is the minimum NBDE Part 1 score to apply?
Applicants must have a PASS score or a percentage score of 75% or more to apply.
- Do you require the NBDE Part 2 to apply?
No. However applicants are highly encouraged to take the NBDE part 2 and submit a passing score.
- Can I submit my NBDE Part 1 or 2 score after the application deadline?
No. All score reports must be submitted by the application deadline date.
- Do I need to take the TOEFL exam if I completed a Master's program in the United States?
Yes. All applicants are required to take the TOEFL exam.
- Do you require original transcripts from my dental school?
No. We only require the ECE course-by-course report to be sent directly to CAAPID.
- Do you accept WES transcript reports?
- I applied to the program last year but I was not accepted. How can I re-apply?
Re-applicants must submit both a CAAPID application and PPID supplemental application form, along with a new application fee and revised curriculum vitae. Scores can only be re-activate from one previous year.
- When are applicants contacted for the bench examination?
Applicants selected for the bench examination will be notified no later than early-October via e-mail.
- Can I update my curriculum vitae/resume or submit additional letters of recommendation after the application deadline date?
No. We will not accept ANY updates after the deadline date. The only exception is for a change in address.
- Is there a price difference in tuition for residents and non-residents?
No. The PPID program is a self-supporting program and, as a result, there is no difference in tuition for California residents and non-residents.
- Are there any scholarships available for the PPID program?
There are no scholarships available for the PPID program. However, if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, then you are eligible for financial aid. For more information, please visit our website.
- What type of aid is available for foreign students?
Students who are neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents do not qualify for financial aid. They must, therefore, secure a private loan to cover the cost of the program. Please note that most U.S. bank lenders require that foreign students have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer of that loan.