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Description of Program

The mission of The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is to educate dentists for Iowa and beyond through excellence in education, patient care and research.

The Iowa Dental Advanced Standing Program offers dentists trained outside the United States the opportunity to earn a US accredited DDS degree. This degree will enable graduates to apply for a License to practice Dentistry in most states. Successful completion of a pre-matriculation course is required prior to the Advanced Standing Program students joining the D3 year.

Contact Information

Office of Admissions
Iowa Dental Advanced Standing Program
Dr. Patricia Meredith, Program Director
Kelly Smith, Admissions
University of Iowa College of Dentistry
Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Program Details

Length of Program:  24 months
Program Deadline:  September 1, 2019
Start Date:  March 10, 2020
Class Size:  4
Degree Awarded:  DDS

Requirements To Apply To Programpatient care

Applicants must apply through the ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID). Apply on line at

Residency Status: Preference will be given to US citizens, US permanent residents (green card holders) and those holding legal asylum or refugee status.

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • All non-native English speaking applicants must take the TOEFL and gain a score of 100 or more to be considered for admission (No Waiver will be given).
  • Only computer based TOEFL scores are accepted (no paper based).
  • Only scores from TOEFL exams taken AFTER October 1, 2017, will be considered. Scores from exams taken before October 1, 2017, will NOT be considered.
  • The testing agency must submit original TOEFL scores directly to ADEA CAAPID.

National Board Dental Examination Requirements

  • To be considered for admissions, the program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and II.
  • When an interview is offered, official National Board Dental scores will be requested by the program.

Letter of Evaluation

  • The program requires three Letters of Evaluation:
    • Program prefers one Letter of Evaluation to come from a former faculty member.
    • Program prefers one Letter of Evaluation to come from a former teachers or mentor who can attest to applicant’s character, conduct, and professional ability.
    • The third Letter of Evaluation may come from an individual of the applicant’s choice that is not a family member.
  • The letters of evaluation must be written in English on official letterhead and signed by the letter writer.
  • Letters must be less than 2 years old.
  • Letters must be submitted by the Letter writer directly to ADEA CAAPID.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID a detailed evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  • If offered an interview, the applicant must submit the original academic record from their dental school directly to the program.

Application Fees

  • Application fee: $250 (separate from the ADEA CAAPID application fee)
  • Interview fee: $1500
  • IDASP Tuition (pdf)
  • Admitted students must pay a non-refundable deposit

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Other documents that should be sent directly to program (not to CAAPID)

  • Communication by email is preferred ( Only applications that are complete, meet the deadline, and meet the requirements will be reviewed and considered for admission.
  • Supplemental application material may be requested when an interview is offered.
    • National Board scores- applicant numerical scores.
    • A copy of the applicant’s dental license, if applicable.
    • Proof of residency -­ a copy of immigration documentation (passport, permanent resident card or Visa).
    • Send a 2x2 color photograph to the program. Print your name and ADEA CAAPID number on the back of the photo.
  • Only documents on CAAPID website will be reviewed. No paper records, no updated CV (unless specifically requested at interview), etc. will be considered.

DDS Program

Third Year DDS Program
Iowa's third year is much different from that of other schools. It is a year of clinical rotations from one specialty to another in all dental specialties. These in-depth studies occur in concentrated five-week periods. At the end of the third year of study, students will have developed skills in every area of dentistry.
Third Year Schedule of Courses

Fourth Year DDS Program
During the fourth year of the program, all skills are integrated in the Family Dentistry Clinic.  Treatment planning and patient management skills are emphasized as students practice in a simulated office setting, providing comprehensive dental care to patients.  Ten weeks of the D4 year are spent in programs outside the College (extramural programs).
Fourth Year Schedule of Courses

IDASP Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many people are accepted each year?
A: 4

Q: How long is the program, and when does it end?
A: The program is a two year program plus a CE course beginning in the spring online and a summer course onsite.

Q: Can you work while you are in the program?
A: No. This is a full time program.

Q: Are there any types of scholarships or financial aid available?
A: Financial aid is available to US citizens through The University of Iowa does not offer any scholarships.

Q: Will my application be reviewed if a document is missing?
A: No, the admissions committee will only review applications that are complete.

Q: What type of recommendation letters are accepted?
A: The program requires three letters of evaluation from (1) former faculty member, (2) teacher or mentor, and (3) from the applicant’s choice that is not a family member. The letters must be written in English on official letterhead and signed by the letter writer. If they are not on letterhead or signed by the letter writer they will not be accepted.

Q: Do I need to take the National Board Dental Examination Requirements?
A: The program requires passage of NBDE Parts I and II.

Q: Do I have to take the TOEFL?
A: We require a minimum score of 100. Non-English speaking applicants are required to take the TOEFL. Applications without the minimum scores will not be considered.

Q: When submitting my application through CAAPID, is there a fee?
A: Yes. There are two fees: (1) CAAPID ADEA Fee and (2) A non-refundable processing fee of $250.00 is required (separate from the ADEA CAAPID application fee).

Q: When do I need to submit my supplemental application materials?
A: You will need to submit your supplemental application materials when an interview is offered.

Q: When are interviews conducted?
A: You will be notified via email if you are invited to come for an interview. The interview invitation will include the exact date and times available. Those who are not invited for an interview will be notified by email.

Q: What should I expect at the interview?
A: The interview will include: 1. Interview with faculty 2. Didactic test 3. Bench test 4. Writing exam 5. Presentation about our program

Q: What if I withdraw my application after submitting all the documents required for the interview?
A: Once the University receives your application, all documents become property of the University and cannot be released. We will withdraw your application, but will keep your application on file. The interview fee and application fee are non-refundable.

Q: Do you require criminal background checks?
A: Yes. After an offer to join the program is made and as a condition of acceptance and continued enrollment, entering students are required to complete a criminal background check. Offers of admission are not considered final and enrollment is not permitted until completion of the check has results acceptable to The University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Q:Is there a minimum GPA requirement?
A: As GPA calculations are not standardized across institutions, a minimum GPA is not specified.  Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and skill throughout their training.