DDS Admissions Requirements

COVID-19 Admissions Updates
  • The SF Campus is closed and has suspended on-campus events and tours until further notice. The Office of Admissions continues to work remotely, as well as accept and process applications. 
    • Admissions contacts can be found here.
    • Photos of our campus and facilities can be accessed here.
  • DDS 2020-21 application cycle opens June 1, 2020. Applications will not be reviewed until official DAT scores and letters of recommendations are received.
  • The Dugoni School will not disadvantage any application impacted by changes outside of the applicants’ control (e.g. testing center closures and changes in university grading policies) and will be flexible with deadlines for the 2020-2021 application cycle.
  • The Dugoni School will accept pass/no credit grades and online courses, including labs, to fulfill DDS admissions requirements. This is a special exception for courses taken in Spring and Summer 2020. Undergraduates in the University of the Pacific’s accelerated pre-dental program are not eligible to take any pass/no credit courses.
ADEA AADSAS COVID-19 Updates (DATs and 2020-2021 Application)
  • Dental Admissions Test (DAT) Update: Prometric has begun reopening testing in phases. Check Prometric's website for the latest information. Testing capacity will be at 50% to allow for proper social distancing between test-takers. This 50% capacity could be extended into July and August.
  • ADEA AADSAS will open on time. Applicants can begin submitting applications as of June 2. 
  • A new question will be added to the application. The new optional question in ADEA AADSAS prompts applicants to share how COVID-19 has affected their preparation to apply for dental school.
  • Dental schools are being flexible. Disruptions to transcripts, the DAT and letters of evaluation are causing anxiety; however, schools are reviewing and updating theirpolicies and deadlines to accommodate those affected by the pandemic. For updates about how the pandemic is affecting University of the Pacific and the Dugoni School, please continue to check our website. For updates on how the pandemic affects the application, please refer to the text listed in the Program Materials section of ADEA AADSAS. 

As you prepare to apply to dental school, know that we are all working through the disruptions this year. You are joining a profession that is respected and essential to the wellbeing of our country, and healthcare providers are needed now more than ever. When you are ready to apply, we are ready to assist in the process.

Predental College Years: General minimum is three years (90 semester or 135 quarter units)

Limitation on Community College Work: Courses taken at a community college will be acceptable if they are transferable as equivalent to predental courses at a four-year college. 

The following represents the minimum required number of courses for semester and quarter system-based universities.

 Required Courses  Semesters  Quarters
Biological Sciences with laboratory   4  6
Physics with laboratory  2  3
Inorganic Chemistry with laboratory  2  3
Organic Chemistry*  2  3
English, Communication or Speech**   2  3

Highly Recommended: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, histology/cell biology & research experience- practical or theory

*The Admissions Committee requires that applicants complete either two semesters of organic chemistry or one semester each of organic chemistry and biochemistry.

**One course in composition or technical writing is required. Other courses should develop written or verbal communication skills. English as a Second Language (ESL) course work does not meet this requirement.

Students may not elect pass/fail options in required course work unless a narrative transcript is provided by the college.

Letter of Recommendation: 2 letters from science professors and 1 of your choice (e.g., dentist, research or work manager/supervisor) OR 1 committee letter.

Dental Shadowing Experience: 40 hours minimum

Grade Point Average (GPA): Your overall and science GPA, the schools attended, and the difficulty of your course load are all assessed on an individual basis.

Dental Admissions Test (DAT): Preference is given to students who provide Dental Admissions Test scores no later than November.  June 1st update: Due to COVID-19 and reduced DAT testing capacity, DAT scores will now be valid to up to 3 years. Scores before June 15, 2018 will not be considered for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. This does not apply to Univ. of the Pacific Pre-dental Advantage students - please refer to your contract and your pre-dental advisor. 

 The committee reviews the most recent DAT scores in the application. For instructions on how to schedule a date for the DAT, please go online to American Dental Association (ADA)

No supplementary application is required, but there is a supplementary fee of $75. Link is provided in AADSAS.

Transfer Students/Advanced Standing

Only under unusual and compelling circumstances does the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry accept transfer students. Incompatibility of dental education programs inhibits transition from another school to our program. Students requesting such classification usually matriculate with the first-year class. No student will be admitted to advanced standing beyond the second year. Special action regarding transfers is required.

Health Requirements, Medical and Disability Insurance

Prior to matriculation, health requirements must be met and documentation submitted to the Admissions Office, as follows:

  • Medical Examination
    Submit our school's "Health Requirement Examination Form," signed by a health care provider confirming that a medical examination was completed within 6 months of the date of matriculation.
  • Measles, Rubella (German Measles) and Mumps
    Documented vaccination (2 vaccines) with live attenuated Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) virus is adequate. A history of measles and rubella as childhood diseases is not sufficient. If documentation is not available, blood tests showing immunity will suffice.
  • Tuberculosis
    Submit the report of a 2-step Mantoux tuberculosis skin test. (Commonly referred to as PPD) within 6 months of matriculation. With a history of tuberculosis OR a positive skin test, submit the provider's report of a chest X-ray taken within 6 months prior to matriculation. Chest X-rays may be required at intervals, and suppressive medication may be recommended.
  • Hepatitis B
    Every dental student is required to submit documented proof of presence of antibodies to the Hepatitis B virus AND complete the Hepatitis B vaccination series. It is recommended that this be done prior to matriculation; in all cases, however, it must be done before a student is allowed to treat patients. If a student does not have documented proof of having antibodies to this virus, the vaccination series is available at our dental school for a fee.

Medical and Disability Insurance: All enrolled students and residents participate in mandatory medical insurance and disability insurance programs selected by the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Unless proof of current health insurance is provided to university specification, no one shall be exempt from the mandatory health insurance. Insurance premiums are assessed with tuition and other fees.

Reservation of Powers: The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry reserves the right to modify or change admissions standards or requirements any time without prior notice. The information on this Web site is not to be regarded as creating a binding contract between the student and the dental school.