COVID-19 Admissions Updates

You are preparing to apply to dental school at a particularly challenging time, as we are all working through disruptions this year. Please know that you are joining a profession that is respected and essential to the well-being of our country, and healthcare providers are needed now more than ever. We are ready to assist you in your application process.

  • 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. 
  • The DDS 2020-21 application cycle opened June 1, 2020. The application deadline has been extended to March 31, 2021.
  • 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.
  • DATs are still required; however, applications will continue to be reviewed holistically. 
  • 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.
  • Interviews for positions in the class will be held virtually (admissions orientation/presentations on select Mondays and virtual 1-1 interviews with faculty and dental students will be held on subsequent days)

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. 
  • A new optional question will be added to the application: how COVID-19 has affected preparation to apply for dental school.
  • New date for dental school acceptance notifications: December 15. 
  • For updates on how the pandemic affects the application, please refer to the text listed in the Program Materials section of ADEA AADSAS. 

Prerequisites

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. 

Biological Sciences*

4 semesters or 6 quarters

Inorganic Chemistry 2 semesters or 3 quarters
Organic Chemistry 2 semesters or 3 quarters
Physics 2 semesters or 3 quarters
English, Speech, or Communication** 2 semesters or 3 quarters

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

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

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

** Note: 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 website is not to be regarded as creating a binding contract between the student and the dental school.