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International Dental Graduate Pathway

This document serves as a resource hub for immigrants, refugees, asylees, and New Americans who have prior education and or training as dentists in a country outside of the United States. The resources provided here are based on the visual pathway presented below. This pathway’s generalization is intended to provide an overarching overview of the steps taken to become a United States accredited dentist. This, however, does not negate the importance of uniqueness each individual presents. Therefore, despite this pathway’s general outlook, it is expected to cater to each individual’s unique needs as this pathway is designed with extreme flexibility in mind.

International Advanced Standing Program – University of Pittsburgh

The team at Whitetulip will work in conjunction with partner organizations, the Career Development Center of JFCS to provide support as needed by the applicant on application materials such as CV, interview preparations, personal statements, etc.

Whitetulip mentoring: The volunteers at Whitetulip will provide 1:1 mentoring and provide guidance as needed.

Requirements of the IASP:

  • ADEA CAAPID Application
  • English Language Proficiency and or TOEFL scores
  • National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) I & II
  • Evaluated Dental school transcripts
  • Three letters of evaluation

For more detailed information please refer to the University of Pittsburgh Program website.

The application form can be found at the bottom of the page.

Dental Hygienist Pathway

This document serves as a resource hub for immigrants, refugees, asylees, and New Americans who would like to start or request assistance in starting a career in dental hygiene. The resources provided here are based on the visual pathway presented below. This pathway’s generalization is intended to provide an overarching overview of the steps taken to become a dental hygienist. This, however, does not negate the importance of uniqueness each individual presents. Therefore, despite this pathway’s general outlook, it is expected to cater to each individual’s unique needs as this pathway is designed with extreme flexibility in mind.

For the purpose of this pathway,

Dental hygiene applicant: Refers to an individual who has an interest in pursuing a dental hygiene career. This career could take the form of an Associate in dental hygiene or Bachelor’s in dental hygiene.

Application requirements:

  • High school diploma, GPA of 3 or above
  • TOEFL(100 or higher) /IELTS (7 or higher) /Duolingo (120 or higher) test results
  • 24 post-secondary college credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • High school or post-secondary chemistry with a lab component achieving a final grade of B (84%) or above
  • High school or post-secondary biology course with a lab component achieving a final grade of B (84%) or above
  • College-level English Composition, Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to Psychology courses
  • 15 hours of job shadowing with a practicing dental hygienist
  • Results from a minimum of three professional references
  • Applicant essay

By completing this program applicants can achieve an associate degree in Dental Hygiene in 2 years or complete Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Associate Degree program includes 81 credit program and Bachelor of Science program includes 131 credits.

For more detailed information please refer to the University of Pittsburgh Program website

The application form can be found at the bottom of the page.

Dental Assistant Pathway

This document serves as a resource hub for immigrants, refugees, asylees, and New Americans who would like to start or request assistance in starting a career as a dental assistant. The resources provided here are based on the visual pathway presented below. This pathway’s generalization is intended to provide an overarching overview of the steps taken to become a dental assistant. This, however, does not negate the importance of uniqueness each individual presents. Therefore, despite this pathway’s general outlook, it is expected to cater to each individual’s unique needs as this pathway is designed with extreme flexibility in mind.

Requirements – Westmoreland County Community College Dental Assistance Program:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Health Professionals Program Application online

Program can be completed in three semesters. The program includes clinical experience in all phases of dentistry while rotating through departments at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and private dental offices.

Dental assistants perform many tasks, ranging from patient care and taking X-rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work. Graduates are radiology certified in Pennsylvania and are employed in general or specialty dental practices, hospitals and educational settings.

For more detailed information please refer to Westmoreland County Community College website.

The application form can be found below.