The Iowa Dental Advanced Standing Program

The Iowa Dental Advanced Standing Program offers dentists trained outside the United States the opportunity to earn a CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) accredited DDS degree. 

This degree will enable graduates to apply for a state License to practice Dentistry in the United States.  After the interview process, up to four successful qualified candidates will be selected. The curriculum begins with 3-4 months of online courses followed by a mandatory pre-matriculation summer course, which prepares them to integrate with the D3 Clinical educational programs. The course is designed to evaluate and calibrate candidates in various clinical procedures to assure congruence with our traditional students.  Each component of the educational program must be successfully completed prior to entering the third year DDS program.

Program Details

Length of Program:  30 months
Program Deadline:  August 15, 2021
Start Date:  January 2022
Class Size:  Up to 4
Degree Awarded:  DDS

DDS Program

Third Year of the DDS Program

Iowa's third year is much different from that of other schools. It is a year of clinical rotations moving from one specialty to another in ten of the twelve ADA-recognized dental specialties. These in-depth studies occur in concentrated five-week periods. At the end of the third year of study, students will have developed skills in every area of dentistry.

Fourth Year DDS Program

During the fourth year of the program, all skills are integrated in the Family Dentistry Clinic. Our training emphasizes treatment planning and patient management skills as students practice in a simulated office setting, providing comprehensive dental care to patients.  Ten weeks of the D4 year are spent in programs outside the College (extramural programs).


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Testimonials from Graduates of the Advanced Standing Program

Prachi Shah
"I am glad to be a part of the UIOWA IDASP and learning the IOWA way. It has been a wonderful experience. The professors here are helpful and most of all I think the school provides us with a lot of patient experience which has immensely helped me enhance my clinical and patient management skills. UIOWA is big on student-faculty feedback after every assignment/procedure which in a way helps build good rapport and understanding as to what is expected from us as students. This program really focuses on the clinical aspects of dentistry and has helped hone my expertise in practice management as well which I believe is a very important aspect once you enter the professional world."

Prachi Shah ('19 DDS)

Priyanka Patel
"As an incoming foreign dentist, I knew there was a lot of room for my professional development. During the dental school research and throughout the interview process, I was absolutely sure that UIowa’s School of Dentistry is where I can achieve my goals that I was seeking. UIowa is considered as an academic leader in many fields. After getting accepted into the IDASP program, I had enrolled in the Mandatory Summer Program where I was exposed to many facets of clinical dentistry that I was previously unaware of. What I really appreciated about the program thus far is the effort put in by the faculty in providing guidance to the incoming students and the resources made available in order for us to gain expertise in many areas. In addition, after getting to know the upperclassmen I felt motivated to constantly improve as a dentist. The program is specifically structured to produce finest dentist that prioritize patient care and dental ethics."

Priyanka Patel ('20 DDS)

Contact for More Information:

If you have any questions regarding the Advanced Standing Program, contact Kelly Smith at or at 319-353-4485.