Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Option


Advanced Standing Program Requirements

IUSD offers the Advanced Standing Program (ASP) for selected individuals who have received their dental degree from an institution outside the United States or Canada. Upon successful completion of the ASP, the candidate will receive the D.D.S. degree from IUSD. The individualized program ranges in length from one to three years.

Because admission to the ASP is limited by the dental school’s available space and resources, IUSD is able to admit no more than five candidates to the ASP each year, and commonly admits only one candidate per year. Applications are accepted only between June 1 and January 1, unless the candidate is a current IUSD faculty member.

When considering candidates for the ASP, the Admissions Committee interviews and gives preference to the following:

  • Current IU School of Dentistry faculty
  • Current students in or recent graduates from IU School of Dentistry’s advanced education programs
  • Faculty from other institutions who express interest in faculty openings at IU School of Dentistry
  • Other residents of the State of Indiana

Because of the limited nature of this program, nonresidents of the State of Indiana who do not fall into one of the above categories are not eligible for admission.

The following criteria are used in the selection process, and the Admissions Committee will consider only those candidates for whom all the information is available:

  • Successful completion of National Board Dental Examination Parts 1 and 2
  • Results from an interview with Admissions Committee members
  • Evaluation of dental school transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation (one personal and one professional)
  • TOEFL test of English language proficiency as required by Indiana University for applicants whose first language is not English

An individualized curriculum is designed for each candidate who is admitted to the ASP, based upon an assessment of the candidate’s previous education, training, experience, and demonstrated competencies. This assessment may include the following:

  • Written and practical examinations
  • Examples of technique work
  • Other information considered by the faculty to be useful in its deliberation

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