USC University of Southern California

Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists

The Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists (ASPID) is designed to teach qualified dentists from other countries the knowledge and skills found in the United States. The course of instruction will typically be completed in two years; however, some individuals may require additional time.

International dentists will spend about eight months learning fundamental, technical, and academic procedures. The remaining time is devoted to clinical training.

Graduation from ASPID leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Although the DDS degree does not give automatic licensure to practice dentistry, graduates are eligible to take the clinical board examination required for licensure in any state in the United States.