Admissions and Programs

IDS Admissions Requirements

Pacific welcomes applicants from all countries to apply to the International Dental Studies (IDS) program, a two-year program dedicated to providing internationally trained dental graduates an opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge of the dental profession as practiced in the United States. To ensure that your application is complete for review, please read the following information carefully.

Starting on Monday, March 17, 2014, applicants who wish to be considered for the IDS 2017 class starting in July 2015 can file a CAAPID application with ADEA and send all supplemental documents as one PDF file email attachment to Pacific. Deadline is Friday, July 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Pacific Time).

2015 IDS Admissions Requirements — (July 2015 Starting class)

All applicants (whether first time or reapplying) for the IDS program must complete the following two steps on or before the deadline — Friday, July 4, 2014, 1:00 pm (Pacific Time). If any documents do not meet the IDS requirements, are missing or received after the deadline, the application will be regarded as incomplete and will not be considered for review.

Step 1 — Complete the CAAPID application and provide the following to ADEA:

  1. CAAPID Application
    Complete and submit the online application.
  2. Processing Fee
    Pay the processing fee with a credit card.
  3. Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
    Provide a course-by-course evaluation report with a U.S. grade average (2.00 - 4.00).

    • If ECE provides 2 grade averages (best result or comprehensive), Pacific will only consider the comprehensive grade average.
    • Applicants with a U.S. grade average (0 - 1.99) will not be eligible to apply to Pacific's IDS program.
  1. Letters of Evaluation

    • Every dental school has its own requirements for the Letters of Evaluation to be written by specific evaluators and be sent to ADEA or to the school directly.
    • For Pacific, we allow you the flexibility to submit 2-3 letters written by your designated choice of evaluators. Please refer to the Letters of Evaluation details in Step 2.
    • Letters submitted to ADEA will not be considered by Pacific.

Step 2 — Provide the following supplemental documents in one PDF file email attachment to Pacific Dugoni — IDS Office:

  1. $100 Application Fee
    • Pay this non-refundable fee with a credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa).
    • Provide your CAAPID # along with all credit card information.

      • A foreign currency transaction fee may be incurred if you use a non-U.S. bank to pay this fee with a credit card.
  1. Dental Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Provide your information on your educational credentials and dental experience from dental school to present.

      • A sample dental CV is available in the Sample PDF — All Supplemental Documents.
  1. Letters of Evaluation
    • Provide 2-3 letters written in English by U.S. or international dental professionals (dentists, dental school faculty) with whom you have worked recently.
    • Address the letters to IDS Admissions Committee (not mandatory, but as a suggestion).

      • If the letter is not in English, provide the letter in its original language along with an English translation from a bona fide English translator.
      • Letters should be provided on school or company letterhead with the evaluators's contact details. Letters sent as emails from the evaluators will not be accepted.
      • Letters must be hand-signed by the evaluator. Digitally signed letters will not be accepted.
      • If more than 3 letters are submitted, your PDF supplemental document will be returned for submittal of a maximum of 3 letters of your choice.
      • Letters submitted to ADEA will not be considered by Pacific.
  1. National Board Dental Examination — Part 1 (NBDE-1)
    • Provide a NBDE-1 report with a PASS result or with a score of 75 or higher.

      • A FAIL result or a score of 74 or less will not be considered.
      • NBDE-2 is not an admissions requirement. Submittal of a NBDE-2 PASS result is encouraged since it is a Pacific dental graduation requirement.
  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Provide TOEFL report with scores earned between January 2012 and present.
    • Internet-based test (iBT) total score of 92 or higher is required.
    • Paper-based test (PBT) total score of 580 or higher is required.

      • All applicants are required to take and earn the minimum total score to be considered.
      • A total score less than the minimum will not be considered.
      • A TOEFL score report printed from the internet will not be accepted nor considered.
  2. Dental Diploma / Certificate
    • Provide a school-issued document confirming the conferred dental degree (BDS, DDS, DMS, Odontology, Stomatology).

      • If the document is not in English, provide a scanned version of the document in its original language along with an English translation from a bona fide English translator.
      • Provisional dental degree will not be accepted nor considered.
      • Transcripts or mark sheets stating conferred degree will not be accepted nor considered.
      • Proof of dental license is not required.
  3. Advanced Degree (optional)
    • Provide a school-issued document confirming your conferred advanced degree (masters, doctorate).
  4. Transcript — Advanced Degree (optional)
    • Provide a school-issued transcript stating your conferred U.S. advanced degree (masters, doctorate) and course grades.


  • Invited candidates to the interview and technical examination will provide the original official or actual notarized version of the supplemental documents for verification. Failure to provide the supplemental documents or if there are any discrepancies, the invitation offer will be rescinded.
  • Candidates who are offered conditional acceptance to the IDS 2017 (July 2015 starting class) will:
    • Submit enrollment deposits.
    • Apply for a criminal background check with Certiphi Screening, Inc.
    • Provide a completed medical examination.

Additional Contacts

American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID)

National Board Dental Examination — Part 1 (NBDE-1)
American Dental Association
Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
800.232.1694 (toll free)

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Educational Testing Services
TOEFL Services
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
United States
609.771.7100 / 877.863.3546 (toll free)

ECE Course-by-Course Evaluation
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203
United States


The school reserves the right to modify or change admission standards or requirements at any time without prior notice and effective immediately. The information provided on this site cannot be regarded as creating a binding contract between the applicant/student and the school.