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IDS Admissions Requirements

Pacific welcomes applicants from all countries to apply to the International Dental Studies (IDS) program, a two-year program dedicated to providing internationally trained dental graduates an opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge of the dental profession as practiced in the United States.

Starting on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, applicants who wish to be considered for the IDS 2018 class starting in July 2016 can file a CAAPID application with ADEA and send all supplemental documents as one PDF file email attachment to Pacific. Deadline is Friday, June 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Pacific Time).

2016 IDS Admissions Requirements — July 2016 Starting Class

All applicants (whether first time or reapplying) for the IDS program must complete the following two steps on or before the deadline — Friday, June 26, 2015, 1:00 pm (Pacific Time). 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.

Step 1 — Complete the CAAPID application and provide the following to ADEA:

1. CAAPID Application
Complete and submit the online application.

2. Processing Fee
Pay the processing fee with a credit card.

3. 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.

Note

  • If ECE provides 2 grade averages (best result or comprehensive), Pacific will only consider the comprehensive grade average.
  • Applicants with a U.S. grade average (0 - 1.99) will not be eligible to apply to Pacific's IDS program.
  • For Pacific, please refer to the Educational Credential Evaluators details in Step 2.

4. Letters of Evaluation
See the Letters of Evaluation section under step 2.

Note:  Letters submitted to ADEA will not be considered by Pacific.

Step 2 — Provide the following supplemental documents in one PDF file email attachment to Pacific Dugoni — IDS Office:

1. $100 Application Fee
Pay this non-refundable fee with a credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa). Provide your CAAPID # along with all credit card information.

Note:  A foreign currency transaction fee may be incurred if you use a non-U.S. bank to pay this fee with a credit card.

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.

Note

  • If the letter is not in English, provide the letter in its original language along with an English translation from a bona fide English translator.
  • Letters should be provided on school or company letterhead with the evaluators's contact details. Letters sent as emails from the evaluators will not be accepted.
  • Letters must be hand-signed by the evaluator. Digitally signed letters will not be accepted.
  • If more than 2 letters are submitted, your PDF supplemental document will be returned for submittal of a maximum of 2 letters of your choice.
  • Letters submitted to ADEA will not be considered by Pacific.

4. National Board Dental Examination — Part 1 (NBDE-1)
Provide a NBDE-1 report with a PASS result or with a score of 75 or higher.

Note

  • A FAIL result or a score of 74 or less will not be considered.
  • Submittal of a NBDE-2 PASS result is encouraged since it is a Pacific dental graduation requirement. NBDE-2 is not an admissions requirement. 

5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Provide TOEFL report with scores earned between January 2013 and present.

  • Internet-based test (iBT): 92 or higher total score is required.
  • Paper-based test (PBT): 580 or higher total score is required.

Note

  • All applicants are required to take and earn the minimum total score to be considered.
  • A total score less than the minimum will not be considered.
  • A downloaded/printed from the web TOEFL score report will not be accepted nor considered.

6. Dental Diploma / Certificate
Provide a school-issued document confirming the conferred dental degree (BDS, DDS, DMD, Odontology, Stomatology).

Note

  • If the document is not in English, provide a scanned version of the document in its original language along with an English translation from a bona fide English translator.
  • Provisional dental degree will not be accepted nor considered.
  • Transcripts, mark sheets, dental license or certificate of registration stating your conferred degree will not be accepted nor considered.
  • Proof of dental license is not required.

7. 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.

Note

  • If ECE provides 2 grade averages (best result or comprehensive), Pacific will only consider the comprehensive grade average.
  • Applicants with a U.S. grade average (0 - 1.99) will not be eligible to apply to Pacific's IDS program.

8. Advanced Degree (optional)
Provide a school-issued document confirming your conferred U.S./international advanced degree (masters, doctorate).

9. Transcript — Advanced Degree (optional)
Provide a school-issued transcript stating your conferred U.S. advanced degree (masters, doctorate) and course grades.

What Happens Next

  • 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.

  • Candidates who are offered conditional acceptance to the IDS 2018 (July 2016 starting class) will:
    • Submit enrollment deposits.
    • Apply for a  criminal background check with Certiphi Screening, Inc.
    • Provide a completed medical examination.

Additional Contacts

ADEA CAAPID
American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID)
617.612.2035
www.adea.org/CAAPIDapp/

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 60611-2637
United States
800.232.1694 (toll free) 
www.ada.org/2667.aspx

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Educational Testing Services
TOEFL Services
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
United States
443.751.4862 / 800.468.6335 (toll free)
www.ets.org/toefl

ECE Course-by-Course Evaluation
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203
United States
414.289.3400
www.ece.org

Disclaimer

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.