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Admissions Requirements

The College of Dental Medicine selects students based on academic records, letters of evaluation, a minimum qualifying score of 80 (computer generated) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a Pass score on Part I of the National Board Dental Examination or the Integrated National Dental Board Examination, a translated GPA of the U.S. equivalent of 3.0, a personal interview, and a psychomotor bench test.

The psychomotor bench test and interview may include the following: typodont tooth preparation for amalgam, and typodont tooth preparation for a full metal crown. To participate in the bench test, a qualifying score on the TOEFL Exam and the National Board of Dental Examination, Part 1, or Integrated National Dental Board Examination, must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to the date of the bench test examination.

All materials needed for the above will be provided by NSU-CDM. The fee for this psychomotor bench test will be $2,500. This fee is in addition to the tuition for the international dental graduate program, should you be selected for admission.

Application Procedures

  1. Apply to the Centralized Application for Advanced Placement for International Dentists (CAAPID)
  2. Candidates may choose to either fill out an electronic application or download a paper application.
  3. Send supporting documents listed below to CAAPID by December 15.
    1. a CAAPID application
    2. an official transcript from each college, professional school. or university attended, if coursework was taken at a U.S. institution.
    3. Official course-by-course evaluation and cumulative GPA
  4. an official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  5. scores for Part I of the Nation Dental Board Examination or Integrated National Dental Board Examination
    request the scores be forwarded from the secretary of the National Board of Dental Examiners, located at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, to CAAPID. Please submit PART II scores also, if taken.
  6. three professional letters of recommendation (Letters may be completed by dental school faculty members who are well acquainted with the applicant’s abilities or by individuals who can provide infor­mation relevant to his or her potential.)
  7. Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization, such as one of the services listed below.


World Education Services, Inc
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
(212) 966-6311 •      


Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.,
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
(305) 273-1616 • (305) 273-1338 (fax)

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
101 W. Pleasant Street, Suite 200
Milwaukee, WI 53212-3963
(414) 289-3400 •

(It is the applicant’s responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evalua­tion service to CAAPID.)

Please fill out the NSU application electronically and submit a nonrefundable, $50 application fee to NSU’s Enrollment Processing Services (EPS) at the address below when notified by NSU that your application has been verified by CAAPID.

Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services
College of Dental Medicine, Office of Admissions
3301 College Avenue, P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-9905 

Inquiries only should be directed to:

Nova Southeastern University
College of Dental Medicine
Office of Admissions
3200 South University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33328-2018

Phone: (954) 262-1101 or 800-356-0026, ext. 21101

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