4 year D.M.D. Program (Gainesville)

This four-year program leads to a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure to practice dentistry in any state in the United States.

Students enrolled in this program take the same courses as regularly enrolled D.M.D. students. Up to two students may be accepted into this program each year.

This program was designed for Internationally-Educated Dentists who are legal residents of the state of Florida. Florida residents have priority in admission to this program.

Deadline

The application deadline is November 1st. All applications are evaluated after this date. Late applications will not be considered.

Program Qualifications

  • You must be a graduate of an international dental school who has satisfactorily completed an academic program of not less than four years, resulting in a degree, diploma, or certificate in dentistry recognized by the appropriate civil authorities of the country in which the school is located.
  • To be eligible for admission you must be a United States citizen or have a permanent resident visa (green card) and proof of your status.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (Internet-Based version) or 550 (paper-based). Visit www.toefl.org⤷ (the UF College of Dentistry code is 8612). For the 2018 Application Cycle, TOEFL scores must be from February 22, 2016 or later.
  • Dental Admission Test (DAT)⤷ scores with a minimum score of at least a 15 in each individual section.

Application Procedure

1. Apply to CAAPID (Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists) with ADEA⤷.

  • Application opens on June 1st. We recommend applying in the late summer (August).
  • Send the following information to CAAPID along with your application:
    • An official transcript translated and certified with a GPA in a Course by Course evaluation report from ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.), PO BOX 92970, Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970, 414.298.3400, www.ece.org⤷). WES Evaluations are also accepted.
    • Two Letters of evaluation. To view the status of your letters of evaluation submitted to CAAPID you need to:
    1. Login to your CAAPID application;
    2. Select the “Status” option;
    3. Select “evaluators” and review the date of receipt and the date each of your letters were mailed by CAAPID.
  • CAAPID will send your application to us within 6–8 weeks. To check on your application status, log on to your CAAPID account. When we receive your application from CAAPID, it will be reviewed after November 1st.

2. Send the following materials to UF College of Dentistry

Dr. Pamela Sandow
University of Florida College of Dentistry
P.O. Box 100402
1395 Center Drive, D3-5
Gainesville FL 32610-0402

  • Official Dental Admission Test (DAT)⤷ scores.

    Visit www.ada.org⤷.
    Please know that a minimum score of 15 is required in all sections of the DAT in order to be eligible for acceptance into the entering class.

  • Official TOEFL scores

    Visit www.toefl.org⤷.

    A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (Internet-Based version) or 550 (paper-based).

    The UF College of Dentistry code is 8612.
    TOEFL scores expire after 2 years. For the 2018 Application Cycle, TOEFL scores must be from February 22, 2016 or later.

  • Proof of US citizenship or Permanent Resident Visa

    At the time of application, you need to submit proof of citizenship (US passport, US birth certificate, or Certificate of Naturalization) or proof of permanent resident visa (Green Card). A copy will suffice.

    If you are invited to interview, you will be required to bring the original document: proof of citizenship (US passport, US birth certificate, or Certificate of Naturalization) or proof of permanent resident visa (Green Card).
    It is the applicant’s responsibility to maintain their visa for the duration of the program.

  • Recommended

    If an applicant has completed any coursework in the US, it is recommended that the applicant submit an unofficial transcript at time of application.

Application Status Updates

  • The Office of Admissions will work hard to process your complete CAAPID application in a timely manner. Please be aware that it can take up to four weeks.
  • Within two weeks of receiving your complete CAAPID application, the Office of Admissions will send you a confirmation via email.
  • After processing your complete CAAPID application, which can take an additional two weeks, the Office of Admissions will send you an email outlining your current application status and any remaining actions you need to take in order to complete your application.
  • Application forms and all documentation must be completed by November 1st, about nine months before the anticipated starting date the following August. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Applicants with incomplete applications will not be eligible for admission.

Interview Procedure

Selected candidates are required to participate in an interview at the College of Dentistry in Gainesville, Florida. Applicants who are invited to interview will be notified. Interviews will be conducted after the 1st of January into early spring. Prior to the date of interview, the following must be completed:

  • UF Online Professional Application

    Visit the UF Admissions page⤷.
    Choose the Professional Schools option, complete the necessary forms, and pay the $30 application fee. Instructions about how to submit payment are included at the end of the online application.
    Once you have submitted your payment, you will be given an 8-digit UFID number. You will need to present this number at your interview.
    Note: The UF Online Professional Application is to be completed online. You do not need to make copies or mail this form to our office.

At time of interview, the following documents must be presented to the University of Florida College of Dentistry Office of Admissions staff:

  • Official dental school transcripts (including class standing)

    International dental applicants seeking admission who are currently enrolled in another dental school program (advanced standing, certificate, graduate, general practice residency or advanced education in general dentistry) must complete their current program prior to enrollment.

  • Official dental school diploma.

  • Official translations of dental school transcript and dental school diploma (If documents are not in English)

    Approved Translator Options:
    1) a current National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member
    http://www.naces.org/members.htm
    2) a certified American Translators Association (ATA) member
    https://www.atanet.org/
    Translations must be received by the University of Florida College of Dentistry Office of Admissions in an envelope sealed by the translation service.

  • Original proof of US citizenship or Permanent Resident visa (Green Card)

    Proof of citizenship (US passport, US birth certificate, or Certificate of Naturalization)
    Proof of permanent resident visa (Green Card).
    It is the applicant’s responsibility to maintain their visa for the duration of the program.

Matriculation Requirements

All Acceptances are Conditional. Accepted students have requirements to complete in order to be eligible for enrollment. Some of the conditions include:

  • Maintaining high professional standards of conduct
  • Continued satisfactory academic achievement
  • Completion of the DAT with a score of 15 or higher in all sections
  • Completion of any degree program in which the accepted student is currently enrolled
  • Completion of a criminal background check with results deemed favorable by the College
  • Ongoing full disclosure of any past or future violations of the law or charges of misconduct
  • Completion of required immunizations and TB screenings
  • Enrollment in the UF student health insurance plan or proof of comparable coverage

Accepted candidates will enter the regular first-year dental curriculum and must complete all degree requirements with members of the regular dental class. Students must purchase all required instruments and texts, and pay regular University of Florida College of Dentistry tuition and fees.