ADMISSIONS

Doctor of Dental Surgery: admissions requirements

Dental Admission Test (D A T)

It is recommended that the applicant take the DAT in the spring or summer prior to applying, but no later than December 1 of the application cycle. The applicant's latest exam scores will be taken into consideration. Canadian DAT scores are acceptable.

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Admission Requirements

Prospective dental students should plan their undergraduate programs so that minimum preprofessional admission requirements (see courses listed below) are complete at the time of application - normally the spring/summer of the junior year in college. Admission requires a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited college. The following courses, completed with a minimum grade of C must be included:

Courses for non-science majors or for health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, allied health sciences, etc.) will NOT satisfy the required coursework. All required coursework must be applicable towards a traditional science degree.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

14 semester hours (12 semester hours of lecture & 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 21 quarter hours (18 quarter lecture hours & 3 quarter lab hours) of Biological Science are required.
Includes all Biological Science courses applied toward Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields, such as General Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Immunology, Parasitology and Anatomy & Physiology.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY

8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of General Chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience are required. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).
Should include familiarity with analytic and volumetric techniques. Inorganic courses include General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis.

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Organic Chemistry, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience are required. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab).

BIOCHEMISTRY

3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of Biochemistry is required. This requirement is in addition to the Biological Science requirement of 14 hours and may not be used to fulfill the Biological Science requirement. The course may be taught in the Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry department. Must have a grade of C or better.

PHYSICS

8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours of Physics, as required for college science majors, including the corresponding laboratory experience are required. (8 semester hours = 6 hours of lecture & 2 hours of lab; 12 quarter hours = 9 hours of lecture & 3 hours of lab)
Includes all physics courses applied toward a baccalaureate degree in any traditional science field.

 

ENGLISH

6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of college English are required.
Any course accredited by the English Department that fulfills a general education English requirement of a baccalaureate degree will be accepted. Remedial or developmental courses or "English As a Second Language" courses ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

STATISTICS

3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of Statistics is required. The Statistics course should be taught in a Math or Statistics Department. Individual dental schools may consider statistics courses taught in other departments on an individual basis with appropriate documentation from faculty.

Foreign Students

Foreign students are required to complete at least 90 undergraduate credit hours at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university. Transfer credit from a school outside the U.S. or Canada will apply to this requirement if individual courses appear on the transcript of an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university - lump sum credit is not allowed. Prescribed pre-dental courses must be completed at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university. Transfer credit from a school outside the U.S. or Canada will not apply to the prescribed course requirement.