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Admissions Requirements

Applicants to our program are required to have completed their dental degrees prior to matriculation into our program; the degree must be conferred prior to our program start date, July 1st of the year of admission.  All applicants are required to submit official Graduate Record Examination  (GRE) scores. The NSU code for the GRE is 5522 and the GRE must be completed no more than 3 years prior to matriculation. 

Graduates of a CODA Accredited Institution

National Dental Board Exam (NDBE) scores are required of graduates of a CODA institution..

International Applicants

Submission of National Dental Board Exam (NDBE) scores is recommended, but not required, for graduates of non-CODA accredited institutions.

Additionally, graduates of a non-CODA accredited institution require an English proficiency (TOEFL), a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based (PBT) version of the Test of English Language as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a score of 213 or higher on the computer-based test (CBT), or a score of 81 on the Internet-based test (IBT). Automatic waivers of the TOEFL requirement are granted for persons who have completed a bachelor's degree (or higher) at an accredited university in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada (excluding French Quebec), Australia, or New Zealand.

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence. This coursework must be evaluated by one of the following services.

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
(212) 966-6311

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

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 415070
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 289-3400

Foundation for International Services, Inc.
14926 35th Avenue West, Suite 210
Lynwood, Washington 98087
(425) 248-2255
(425) 248-2262 fax

GRE and TOEFL Information

Corporate Headquarters, Educational Testing Service
Rosedale Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08541
Phone: (609) 921-9000
Fax: (609) 734-5410


Application Procedures

Applicants must complete all three steps of the application process: Pass application, NSU supplemental application, and National Matching Service participation.  


Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine uses the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) administered by the American Dental Education Association. PASS applications must be completed and submitted to the Postdoctoral Application Support Service so that they are available for review by the Admissions Committee on September 1st of the application year.

PASS application materials and instructions may be obtained by visiting the PASS Web site or by contacting:

Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS)
1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 101
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 332-8790

National Matching Service (MATCH)

The Orthodontics program at NSU College of Dental Medicine participates in the National Matching Service (MATCH).

National Matching Services, Inc.
20 Holly Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4S 3B1
Phone: (416) 977-3431 Fax (416) 977-5020

Nova Southeastern University Postgraduate Application

Nova Southeastern University requires certain additional materials, including the College of Dental Medicine Application for Postdoctoral Students.

An application to NSU's postgraduate programs must be completed and the nonrefundable fee paid.

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