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LSU School of Dentistry Internationally Educated Dentist Program

The LSU School of Dentistry (LSUSD) Internationally Educated Dentists Program (IEDP), for dentists holding a dental degree from countries outside the United States, employs a mandatory 2 1/3 year curriculum. Qualified students are enrolled in the Pre-doctoral Dental Program (DDS) as third-year dental students following successful completion of the IEDP Advanced Placement Skills and Knowledge Assessment curriculum.  Once enrolled in the DDS program, each IEDP student must satisfactorily complete the third- and fourth-year dental curriculum as prescribed. No waiver of classes is granted.  LSUSD expects all applicants and students of the Program in Dentistry to meet all Technical Standards for the Profession as stated in the LSU Health New Orleans Catalog.

LSU School of Dentistry participates in the ADEA Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID) program.

Academic Requirements

The completion of a dental degree from an international school of dentistry is required.  Academic credentials will be evaluated by the LSU Health School of Dentistry IEDP Program Director under the Office of Admissions to ensure that the applicant’s undergraduate curriculum prerequisites include the equivalent requirements of biology with laboratory, inorganic (general) chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, English, and physics.

While a minimum of a 3.0 GPA is recommended, more competitive GPAs will be given first consideration.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in the English language.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Successful completion of the TOEFL internet-based exam with a score of 100 or above is required.  TOEFL results must be from testing dates within two years of the application cycle.

TOEFL score should be uploaded as part of the CAAPID application.

Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

For the 2020 admission cycle, the ADAT will be considered. Results must be uploaded as part of the CAAPID application.

National Board of Dental Examination Requirements

Applicants must have passed Part I of the NBDE.  

Official NDBE scores should be uploaded to CAAPID along with other application materials.

ECE Evaluation

Only Educational Credential Evaluations (ECE) of dental school transcripts with a competitive GPA of 3.0 or higher will be considered.

ECE evaluation should be uploaded to CAAPID.

Letters of Evaluation

Program application requires a letter of evaluation from the dean of the school of dentistry from which the applicant graduated.

Two additional letters are required from the applicant’s dental school faculty. Academic letters of recommendation cannot be more than two years old at the time of application. These letters are non-negotiable and should be uploaded to CAAPID by the recommending faculty directly.

Up to an additional three letters may be accepted from additional sources. Dental practice experience or experience shadowing in a dental office/clinic is encouraged. These letters should be uploaded to CAAPID. (Example: Graduate school, private practice experience)

Transcripts and Evaluations

Applicants must upload their official dental school transcript to CAAPID. Only the ECE evaluation will be accepted.

If admitted, official transcripts from all post-doctorate programs as well as notarized, translated copies of same and photocopied dental school diploma should be sent directly to the program.

Admissions Process

1.  Application received from individual

2.  Application reviewed by Program Director to ensure all minimal requirements
are met: for example, ECE GPA of less than 3.0 or TOFEL scores less than 100 would be eliminated

3.  The Program Director reviews the applications that have passed the criteria above. Potential criteria and materials this body uses to evaluate the applicants:

  • Passing score on National Board Dental Exam
  • Demonstration of English proficiency
  • ADAT score, if available
  • Letters of recommendation from Dean and faculty of the dental school attended by the applicant
  • All other letters of recommendation from other higher educational programs

Applicants who are likely to be invited for an interview and bench testing are those who are competitive and attain the highest GPA evaluated by the ECE, as well as the recommended TOEFL score, have more personalized and strong recommendation letters from their previous dental school faculty and dean.

Invitations to interview are extended based on each applicant’s overall competitiveness as determined by criteria utilized in the review of their application.

Personal Interview

Each invited applicant will participate in an interview with a member or members of the designated review committee. Standardized questions will be developed along with an appropriate rubric to evaluate the applicant.

Bench Testing

A manikin-based/simulation exam will be developed and administered by the various and appropriate clinical departments.  This exam will be graded by the appropriate department in a fashion similar to the way competency exams are administered to the traditional students.  Specific procedures would be determined by each department along with the grading criteria. 

Criteria and time allowed for each part of the exam will be determined by the departments. 

Writing and Communication

A writing/essay exercise on a topic to be determined will be given to each applicant.  This will be a Problem Based Learning session where the applicant will be challenged to evaluate and solve a problem to determine the applicant’s ability to communicate, problem-solve, critically think, willingness to participate, ability to interact in an appropriate manner with faculty, and make ethical decisions.    

Final Ranking

All members of the IEDP Committee will review the applicants who took part in the interview and bench testing to determine a comprehensive final ranking.  Interview scores, bench testing scores, writing scores, Problem Based Learning scores and the applicant’s overall competitiveness will be ranked.  Minimal scores in each area will be determined and any applicant who falls below that score will not be accepted. 

These rankings will be used to select up to five applicants to be invited for provisional acceptance into the probationary preclinical program or placed on a waiting list.

IEDP Advanced Placement Skills and Knowledge Assessment Curriculum

A review of first- and second-year clinically applicable courses with assessment testing is a mandatory requirement during the spring semester before beginning the program.  Those courses determined to be appropriate will be developed (condensed and tailored for the advanced standing applicants) by the clinical departments.  All courses are either tested by a final exam (written, simulation, OSCE) established by the course directors or by the course directors’ assessment of the applicant to determine their eligibility to enter the third year of the pre-doctoral program.  This eligibility is communicated to the Director of the IEDP Program by the individual course directors. Once all the assessments are received, the committee votes to offer final acceptance to the candidates.

Program Enrollment

If accepted, students will be enrolled as traditional students with no further customization of courses and curriculum.    


September 15 Application Process Opens
November 1 Deadline for Application Submission to CAAPID
September 1 - December 15 Interviews Conducted
December 20 Selections for Acceptance into the IEDP Advanced Placement Skills and Knowledge Assessment
March 1 - June 15 IEDP Advanced Placement Skills and Knowledge Assessment Curriculum
June 10 Final IEDP committee approval of candidates
July 10 IEDP students enroll as DIII students, program in dentistry

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