USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Admission Requirements

Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists

Applicants must have earned a foreign Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), or equivalent degree to be admitted to the Ostrow School’s Advanced Standing Program for International Dentists (ASPID).

Invited applicants will be tested on a short practical examination in fixed prosthodontics and operative dentistry, which may also include a written dental exam. We will evaluate each applicant’s methods, skills, and artistic ability.

Applicants also will be evaluated on their interpersonal skills, critical thinking, and English-language communication ability. Applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a mock problem-based learning (PBL) case, a method central to the school’s curriculum.

Candidates who are not U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents will be required to obtain a student visa to study at the Ostrow School, and must demonstrate the availability of the personal financial resources to pay for graduate study.

Non-U.S. citizens 0r non-permanent U.S. residents must also provide TOEFL scores. While TOEFL scores below 100 are considered, scores 100 and above are preferred.

Starting 2021-2022 cycle, applicants must complete and pass NB Part I and Part II or Integrated National Board Dental Exam to be eligible to apply for our ASPID program.

All students admitted to the Ostrow School must meet certain health requirements.