Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

for internationally trained dentists

Class of 2015

Description of Placement Option

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry offers an Advanced Standing admission option into the DMD program for selected individuals who have received a dental degree from an institution outside the United States or Canada. The total number of students admitted is dependent upon the school’s available resources. The program will be customized for each admitted student and will range from two to three years in length.


Length of Program: minimum of 28 months Apply through ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement of International Dentists (CAAPID) at

Application Deadline: 

For the 2017-18 application cycle, the University of Louisville Advanced Standing Placement Option has been temporarily suspended due to lack of available space.  If you live in the Louisville area and would like more information on the future possibility of advanced standing admission, you can send an email to  

Program Start Date: Temporarily suspended

Class Size: Currently no space available

Degree Awarded: D.M.D.

Tuition: Same as ULSD traditional program, (available on Tuition & Aid tab)


Bench Test Prep

ULSD Department of Continuing Education offers a "Bench Test Prep Course for Internationally Trained Dentists." This course for internationally-trained dentists who are considering applying to Advanced Placement Dental Programs in the United States or Canada. This is not a pre-requisite nor does it guarantee admission to any dental school.

For more information or to register, please visit the ULSD CE website at or call 502-852-5077

Requirements to Apply for the Advanced Placement Option – submit the following to CAAPID

English Language Proficiency

  • Must be proficient in the English language
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL (preferred) or IELTS (unless they have graduated from a U.S. High School and/or completed at least 90 hours of college credits in the U.S.)
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) scores - preference given to scores at or above 100 total and 26 in speaking and listening OR IELTS - preference given to scores at or above 7.5

National Board Dental Examination Requirements

  • Program requires passing of NBDE Part I to be considered for admission
  • Submit Part I National Board Dental Examination scores to CAAPID
  • Application eligibility requires a minimum score of 75 on Part I or “pass” if no numerical score is issued

Personal Statement

Short essay describing why you desire to enter the DMD program

Letters of Evaluation

Two letters of evaluation required (one professional and one from the senior administrator or dean of applicant’s dental school), written within one year of the application- submit to only to CAAPID

Transcripts and Evaluations

Applicant must submit to CAAPID a detailed evaluation by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)

Application Fee

Pay $65 application fee to program online only AFTER requested to do so by program – do NOT send payments to ULSD.

Special notes

  • Only applications that are complete (with ALL of the ULSD requirements listed above fulfilled) by the application deadline of June 15 will be considered by the Admissions Committee.
  • Applicants- please DO NOT submit original documents to ULSD. Only admitted students are required to submit original documents directly to ULSD.

Contact Information

Please direct your questions to our Advanced Standing email address.
We try our best to respond to emails within 1-2 business days.


University of Louisville 
School of Dentistry 
Office of Student Affairs, Room 234 
501 S. Preston St. 
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-852-5081
Fax: 502-852-1210

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Application Specifics

Dentists who received a dental degree from an institution outside the United States and have passed Part I of the NBDE may apply.

Applications are submitted through CAAPID. The application cycle typically begins in March and ends on June 15. The School will consider only applicants who have applied through the ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement of International Dentists (CAAPID) at Applicants must have submitted all documents required by the University of Louisville School of Dentistry (as listed in the CAAPID requirement section) by the June 15 deadline.

TOEFL scores are required of all who speak English as a second language unless they have completed high school or at least 90 credit hours of college in the US or another English speaking country. The admissions committee reserves the right to request a TOEFL from any candidate. Preference is given to those who score a total at or above 100 and 26 in speaking and listening. The IELTS is also accepted and a score at or above 7.5 is preferred.

All application materials are submitted ONLY to CAAPID. ULDS does not accept official documents from applicants. At the time of enrollment, accepted students are required to authorize agencies to send official scores (TOEFL, NBDE, ECE, etc.) directly to ULSD.

DMD Program Specifics

The number of ASP students accepted each year is variable and depends on the number of available positions in the sophomore class of the traditional DMD program at ULSD. Typically this number has ranged from 2-6 in recent years.

Accepted ASP students begin studies in January of the year following the application cycle (i.e., if you apply in April 2013 and are accepted, you begin classes in January, 2014). ASP students join the D2 class in the Spring term.

Interview Specifics

Interview invitations are typically emailed 30 days in advance of interviews which are held in late July or early August.

There is a two-day interview process. The first day includes informational sessions, tour of the school, and interaction with current students and two one-on-one interviews with faculty or admissions committee interviewers. The second day is an examination of clinical skills in the ULSD Simulation Clinic using materials that will be provided. The bench test fee is $1000 due with acceptance of the interview offer. This can be paid online with Visa or MasterCard.

Interviewees are evaluated on performing the following procedures in the simulation clinic

  • Operative:
    • Preparations: Class II posterior and Class III Anterior
    • Restorations: alloy posterior Class II and composite anterior Class V
  • Prosthodontics: porcelain-fused-to-metal crown preparation
  • Endodontics: preparation and obturation on simulated anterior tooth
  • Periodontics: written exam
    • For all of these sections of exam, details and guidelines will be forwarded to the invited applicants.
    • There will be an opportunity for interviewees to become familiar with the simulation clinic in the afternoon of Day 1.

Watch for information on ULSD's "ASP Bench Test Preparation Course" tentatively scheduled for May, 2015

ULSD is offering a “Bench Test Preparation Course” that is not associated with admission to the program but provides instruction in clinical skills and an opportunity for practice. For more details, contact the ULSD Office of Continuing Education at or call 502-852-5077 or go to:

Professional business attire is appropriate for Day 1 during presentations and interviews. In the late afternoon and on Day 2, scrubs or casual comfortable clothing is desirable for the clinical examinations.