Pacific welcomes applicants from all countries to apply to the International Dental Studies (IDS) program, a two-year program dedicated to providing internationally educated dentists an opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge of the dental profession as practiced in the United States.
As of Thursday, March 5, 2020, applicants who wish to be considered for the IDS 2023 class starting in July 2021 can file a CAAPID application with ADEA and send all supplemental documents in a single PDF file email attachment to Pacific. Deadline is Friday, June 5, 2020 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time).
All first-time or returning applicants for the IDS program must complete the following two steps on or before the deadline. An incomplete application will not be considered for review if any supplemental documents: (1) do not meet the IDS requirements, (2) are missing from the PDF email attachment, and/or (3) are received after the deadline. To ensure that your application is complete for review, please read the following information carefully.
1. CAAPID Application
Complete and submit the online application.
2. Processing Fee
Pay the processing fee with a credit card.
3. National Board Dental Examination — Part 1 & 2 (NBDE 1 & 2)
Request ADA Department of Testing Services to submit official NBDE Parts 1 & 2 with PASS results / scores of 75 or higher.
4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Request ETS to submit official TOEFL score report with scores earned between January 2018 and present. ADEA institution code - B451.
5. Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
Provide a course-by-course evaluation report with a U.S. grade average (2.00 - 4.00) to complete your ADEA CAAPID application status.
6. Letters of Evaluation
See the Letters of Evaluation section under step 2.
Note: Letters submitted to ADEA will not be considered by Pacific.
1. $100 Application Fee
Pay this non-refundable application fee with a credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa). Provide your CAAPID # along with all credit card information.
2. Dental Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Provide your educational credentials and dental experience information after earning your initial dental degree.
Note: A sample dental CV is available in the Sample PDF — All Supplemental Documents.
3. Letters of Evaluation
Provide 2 letters written in English by U.S. or international dental professionals (dentists, dental school faculty) with whom you have worked recently.
Addressing the letters to IDS Admissions Committee is recommended.
4. Dental Diploma / Certificate
Provide a school-issued document confirming the conferred dental degree (BDS, DDS, DMD, Odontology, Stomatology).
5. Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
Strongly recommended that you provide a course-by-course evaluation report with a U.S. grade average (2.00 - 4.00) in the PDF supplemental documents.
6. Advanced Degree (optional)
Provide a school-issued document confirming your conferred U.S./international advanced degree (masters, doctorate).
7. Transcript — Advanced Degree (optional)
Provide a school-issued transcript stating your conferred U.S. advanced degree (masters, doctorate) and course grades.
Invited candidates to the interview and technical examination will provide the original official or actual notarized version of the supplemental documents for verification. Failure to provide the supplemental documents or if there are any discrepancies, the invitation offer will be rescinded.
American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID)
655 K Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20001
National Board Dental Examination — Part 1 & 2 (NBDE-1 & 2)
American Dental Association
Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
800.232.1694 (toll free)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
609.771.7100 / 877.863.3546 (toll free)
ECE Course-by-Course Evaluation
Educational Credential Evaluators
101 W. Pleasant Street, Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53212-3963
The school reserves the right to modify or change admission standards or requirements at any time without prior notice and effective immediately. The information provided on this site cannot be regarded as creating a binding contract between the applicant/student and the school.