Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists

The University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry (OUCOD) offers an Advanced Standing Program for individuals who have received a dental degree from an institution outside the United States and Canada. This twenty-nine month program leading to a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree commences in April of each year with four entering students. Incoming students complete an intensive, multi-disciplined, pre-clinical review course in preparation for full integration into the junior class and completion of the last two years of the DDS curriculum. With satisfactory completion of program requirements graduates are qualified to attempt state or board examinations and apply for dental licensure in the U.S.

Applications are accepted until the September 3rd deadline. The application with detailed instructions is available on the OUCOD Website here. The program is restricted to permanent residents and naturalized U.S. citizens. Some individuals already in the U.S. on a visa may be eligible depending on the conditions of their current visa status. These individuals should contact the program directly before making application to determine their eligibility. Basic admission requirements include:

  • 1) A dental degree from a foreign college or university
  • 2) Passage of National Dental Board Exam - Part I (Part II is encouraged but not required)
  • 3) Evidence of English proficiency to meet program standards.

Application for admission is made through ADEA CAAPID and requires submission of official dental school transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES), two letters of recommendation, and the following documents sent directly to the OU Advanced Standing Program:

  • An official report from ETS for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with scores of at least 94 (Internet), 240 (computer) or 587 (paper)
  • The original score report of the National Board Dental Examination for Part I and Part II (if available)
  • A supplemental application available here.

Official documentation of residency/immigration status may also be required. Applicants with the strongest application credentials and deemed most qualified are invited for an interview and a comprehensive pre-clinical and clinical skills assessment. From this group the final selections are made for entrance into the program.

Advanced Standing Program Prospectus 2014-15

University of Oklahoma ASP Requirements