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.
|Biological Sciences with laboratory||4||6|
|Physics with laboratory||2||3|
|Inorganic Chemistry with laboratory||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.
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.
Prior to matriculation, health requirements must be met and documentation submitted to the Admissions Office, as follows:
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.