International Dentist Program 

This program affords a dentist who received a dental degree from outside of the United States to matriculate, in the third year of the pre-doctoral dental program, after calibration and competency assessment. The candidate joins the third year dental class (D3) and completes the requirements for receipt of  a DDS degree within two years at Howard University College of Dentistry (HUCD). To be considered for admission to HUCD, the applicant must have successfully completed the National Dental Boards Examinations, Parts I and II.

All applications and credentials will be evaluated by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID) and must be submitted by August 31st, prior to the anticipated year of admission. ADEA CAAPID is a centralized application service devoted to supporting dental schools that offer advanced standing programs for applicants with dental degrees earned outside of the US and Canada. The application will be operated similarly to the current AADSAS and PASS application processes

Application Requirements

English Language Proficiency 

  • Must be proficient in the English language.
  • Applicants whose Dental Degree is International are required to take the TOEFL, with a total score of 100 or more to be considered (No Waiver will be given)
  • Must submit original TOEFL score report directly to program (not to ADEA CAAPID)

National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Requirements 

Program requires passage of NBDE, Parts I and II, and prefers that passage be within the last 5 years to be considered for admission.

  • Submit official NBDE scores to program directly from ADA (not to ADEA CAAPID). 
  • NBDE, Part I and II must be completed, scored and passed prior to deadline.
Letter of Evaluation

Program requires three Letters of Evaluation (to ADEA CAAPID).

  • Program prefers one Letter of Evaluation to come from Dean of dental school from which applicant graduated.  All are to be written on Institutional Letterwood.
Transcripts and Evaluations

Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID a detailed evaluation by either ECE or WES.

  • If admitted, program will require official transcripts from original dental school to be sent directly to program
Application Fees

Send application fee to program (not to ADEA CAAPID). An application is considered complete only if the fee is paid. Only complete applications are reviewed.

Mail the Non-Refundable $200.00 Application Fee to the following mailing address.  Make certified funds Cashier’s Checks/or Money Orders Payable to: Howard University College of Dentistry include your ADEA CAAPID ID#:, First Name and Last Name on the check or money order - (DO NOT SEND CASH, DO NOT SEND PERSONAL CHECKS)

Mailing Address

Howard University
College of Dentistry
Office of Academic Affairs
Attention: International Dentist Program 
600 W Street NW – Suite 128 
Washington, DC 20059

Other documents that should be sent directly to program (not to ADEA CAAPID), only if requested

  • Only documents on CAAPID website will be reviewed no paper records, no updated CV (unless specifically requested at interview)
  • Supplemental application material may be requested after review of your ADEA CAAPID application
  • Send 2 x 2 color photograph to program (not to ADEA CAAPID) after being contacted by program for a scheduled interview. Print your name and ADEA CAAPID number on the back of the photo.
  • Communication by email is preferred over telephone. (add to your email contacts to insure delivery of all email correspondence)
  • Only applications that are complete, meeting the deadline and listed requirements, will be reviewed and considered for admission.

Program Details

  • Length of Program: 24 months
  • Program Deadline: August 31st, annually
  • Start Date: third Monday in May, annually
  • Class Size: up to 10
  • Degree Awarded: DDS

Contact Information

Michelle Harris 
Administrative Assistant
Office of Academic Affairs
600 W Street NW – Office 128
Washington, DC 20059
Telephone: 202.806.0442
Fax: (202) 806-0354

*Communication by email is preferred. Add to your email contacts list to insure the delivery of all email correspondence*

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Cheryl E.S. Fryer, DDS, MS, MA