Student dentists with Dean Michael Reddy

International Dentist Pathway

Preparing foreign dentists for U.S. practice

Two-year regimen culminates in DDS degree

Advanced Standing Entry to the DDS Degree

This advanced standing pathway is only open to applicants who have qualified with a dental degree from a foreign institution and have attained Parts I and II of the National Dental Board Exam.

The two-year (eight-quarter) International Dentist Pathway (IDP) at the UCSF School of Dentistry prepares dentists trained outside of the United States to earn their DDS degree in the U.S. Each year, 28 foreign-trained dentists are admitted to our International Dentist Pathway.

In June, IDP students matriculate into the existing third-year instruction and clinical rotations. Admitted students join the DDS program through this Pathway as they will have advanced standing by having passed National Dental Board Examination Parts I and II and also holding a qualified dental degree from a foreign institution.

Students are fully integrated into the existing third- and fourth-year comprehensive care clinical programs. Additionally, IDP students attend selected predoctoral supplemental academic and laboratory courses to satisfy educational requirements. For some students, the program may extend beyond two years, depending on their ability to meet all graduation requirements.

Advanced Standing Statement: Holding a dental degree from a foreign institution and having passed National Dental Board Exams Parts I and II will exempt students from courses that are taken in the year 1 and year 2 of the DDS degree.

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