Admissions & Applying

To be considered for admission to the UCLA School of Dentistry’s PPID program, each applicant (first-time and reapplying) must complete the following steps (in order):

Click here to open the PPID Application Checklist. The PPID application checklist is an optional tool designed to assist applicants in the application process. The checklist does not need to be submitted with your application, it is for your personal reference only. 

Step 1: ADEA CAAPID Application

Submit an online application through the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID).  

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The following documents must be submitted directly to CAAPID:

1. Educational Credential Evaluators Course-by-Course Report 

All PPID applicants are required to have their transcripts translated and evaluated by the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) Course by Course report. The applicant should specify on the ECE application that they would like the evaluation to be sent directly to CAAPID. The following materials must be submitted directly to ECE for evaluation: 

  • Original certified college (post-secondary) transcripts

  • Original certified professional education transcripts

  • Official copy of the diploma and/or degree from the applicant's dental school program

If accepted into the program, we will also require an official ECE report to be sent directly to the Office of Student Affairs. For more information please visit Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (We do not accept WES reports.)

2. Three Letters of Recommendation (all letters of recommendation need to be originals on letterhead, in English or English translation) 

The applicant must submit one letter of recommendation from each of the following individuals:

  • Dean or head of the applicant's dental school (If the Dean during your time of study is not available to write a letter on your behalf, please refer to our FAQs for instructions.)

  • Dental school clinical instructor who is able to evaluate the applicant's potential

  • 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.

Step 2: PPID Supplemental Application Form

Begin the application process early and leave time to submit your application by our deadline date, postmark deadline is July 10, 2020.  Walk-ins will be accepted until 4PM PST on July 10, 2020.  There will be no exceptions to the deadline.

1. PPID Supplemental Application
Once CAAPID marks your application “Complete,” the PPID supplemental application will be emailed to you within two weeks. Email your completed PPID Supplemental Application with your Curriculum Vitae as a combined pdf, no larger than 5 MB, to by the application deadline, July 10, 2020.

2. Application Fee – A non-refundable application fee of $150 U.S. dollars must be submitted on-line.

3. Curriculum Vitae/Professional Resume
Please include education, professional employment/organizations, research/publications, honors/awards, and community service.

Step 3: Instruction for the NBDE and TOEFL reports:

  1. National Board Dental Examination (NBDE), Part I and Part II - Effective March 2018, applicants must pass both NBDE Part I and Part II. Offficial NBDE score reports must be requested by the applicant online and submitted to the UCLA School of Dentistry, PPID Coordinator at For more information please visit the American Dental Association website.  

  2. English Language Proficiency (TOEFL)
    Official, sealed TOEFL scores must be submitted by the applicant directly to the Office of Student Services, Professional Program for International Dentists, UCLA School of Dentistry, 10833 Le Conte Ave, Rm A0-111CHS, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1762. 

Scores are valid for 2 years from the exam date, therefore score reports from exams taken in March 2018 to present will be accepted. For more information please visit the Educational Testing Service website.  Notarized copies or opened scores will not be accepted. 

The TOEFL exam is required of all applicants who did not complete their High School education in the United States.  Permanent residents, US citizens, students who hold degrees from the United States are all required to submit a TOEFL score report. For the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), you must meet the minimum score requirement in each of the four sections (listed below) OR have a total combined TOEFL score of 95 or higher to be considered. The TOEFL report "MyBest Scores" will not be considered.  Waivers will not be granted. 

Minimum score requirements for paper-based TOEFL*



Minimum score requirements for internet-based TOEFL (iBT), for each section 









OR combined total (iBT) TOEFL score of 95 or more


 If any supplemental documents do not meet the PPID requirements, are missing or received after the Wednesday, July 10, 2020 deadline, the application will be regarded as incomplete and will not be considered for review.

Certification of Finances

Qualified applicants who require an F-1 visa must complete a confidential financial statement before final admission. The certification is necessary for UCLA to provide a certificate of eligibility, which allows the applicant to apply for a student visa. 

Only those accepted to the program will need to complete the Certification of Finances.


It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that instructions are followed and all materials are received by the Office of Student Services by the July 10, 2020 deadline. The postmarked deadline is July 10, 2020, the email deadline for the supplemental application and curriculum vitae is July 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST, and the deadline for supplemental documents that are hand delivered to the Student Services office is July 10, 2020 at 4 PM PST. Late applications will not be considered. Begin the application process early and leave time to submit your application by our deadline date, as we will not make any exceptions. Only complete applications that meet all minimum requirements will be eligible for review by the Admissions Committee.

Finalists invited for the second phase of our selection process will be notified via email, no later than mid-October, to participate in a skills evaluation and personal interview at the UCLA School of Dentistry.   

Acceptance notifications will be sent in mid-November. For the candidates offered admissions to the program, a non-refundable deposit will be expected within 21 days of acceptance. Formal letters of non-accept will not be distributed.