UWIDDS Office Phone
UW International Dentist
UW School of Dentistry
1959 NE Pacific Street
Health Sciences Center, D-322
Seattle, WA 98195-6365
The University of Washington International Dentist DDS Program (UWIDDS) offers qualified graduates of foreign dental programs the opportunity to earn the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Only a small number of students will be accepted each year.
Successful completion of a pre-clinical qualification course and the advanced standing placement DDS program will allow graduates to take state or regional board examinations to be eligible for dental licensure and dental practice within the United States. The UWIDDS is a full-time, daily program. The accepted students will start a mandatory pre-clinical qualification course in spring quarter with graduation anticipated in June. The program will consist of a pre-clinical qualification course to review the first two years of dental school and then matriculation through the third and fourth years of the predoctoral dental program with classroom lectures and direct patient care, with particular emphasis on access to care for underserved populations.
Information for Foreign Trained Dentists
Permission to practice dentistry in the State of Washington is dependent on the candidate’s possession of a dental degree from a dental school approved by the Washington State Department of Health, Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC). Additional information is available on the DQAC website.
Some individuals meet the education portion of the Washington state requirement for licensure by earning a degree from one of our graduate programs providing clinical training in a specialty area.
DDS 4-year Program
Our Predoctoral Admissions Committee may consider foreign trained dentists for entry into our DDS program if they have permanent resident status or US citizenship. For admission to the DDS program, applicants must apply through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service or AADSAS.
Financial aid is available only to US citizens and permanent residents. Foreign applicants on nonresident visas are required to provide documentation from a financial institution that monetary support will be sufficient to ensure completion of the program.