The journey to getting a U.S. dental license as a foreign trained dentist can be a lot easier with the right guide. Over the past 15 years, MDI Prep has helped hundreds of foreign trained dentist obtain their dental license. In this blog, we will discuss 13 steps that can help you along your journey to become a licensed U.S. dentist.
Step 1 – Get your DENTPIN and PASS the INBDE exam:In various other articles we discuss the INBDE exam and how to prepare, please refer to any of the links: INBDE exam pass or fail? – YouTube Caapid template
Step 2 – Pass the TOEFL examA competitive score will be at least a 100%. The scores should be sent directly to CAAPID.
Step 3 – Complete the CAAPID application:When you are completing the CAAPID application, there are several things you must remember. First, send ADA results of your INBDE exam. Second, secure your letters of recommendation early. You will need a letter from the director of your dental program, one from professor, and one from doctors you have worked in the U.S. Five letter of recommendation is a good number to have. The letters needed to be printed, signed and uploaded to the CAAPID site. The letter should be in English. You will want to waive your right to see letter.
- Apply to all the schools you want
- Be sure to see if they require ECE or WES
- Be sure to complete different essays for the particular programs you are applying for
Step 4 – University applicationsOnce you have completed CAAPID each school will send you their own application on their website. You will essentially have to fill out the same information as you did for CAAPID.
Step 5 – ADAT or notMost CAAPID programs do not require the ADAT exam. However if you are applying to an advanced standing program, then the ADAT may be required. To learn more about the ADAT, visit: Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) | American Dental Association
Step 6 – The Personal essay:This is a very important part of your application package. Your personal essay is the only way the admissions committee will get a look into your dental journey. It is advised that you get a professional to edit your personal statement before you submit it to CAAPID. There are several things that must be included in the personal statement.
- Describe your life’s journey
- Describe your Dental career
- Outline your goals in dentistry
- Discuss your Dental experience in the U.S.