To advance in our Doctor of Dental Surgery Program, our Pre-Dental Advantage Program students must take courses in sequence at Pacific, maintain minimum GPAs and pass a formal interview for the School of Dentistry (which includes a writing sample).
Other Pathways to the DDS Program
The Pre-Dental Advantage program is only available to students entering college for the first time. Students transferring into Pacific, students in other majors who decide to pursue dentistry and freshman who are not admitted into the Pre-Dental Advantage Program can still prepare at Pacific and see admission at Dugoni School of Dentistry. The College of the Pacific (COP) has excellent undergraduate programs and students graduating from them are welcome to apply to our Doctor of Dental Surgery of program. This pathway does not include an interview guarantee but it allows students to take the same classes and participate in the same extra-curricular activities as the students in the Pre-Dental Advantage Program.
- College courses are best taken in college after the high school experience has been completed. High school students may be interested in anticipating some college education, however, in order to facilitate their adjustment to college or to save money by satisfying college course requirements.
- Advanced courses taken while in high school can sometimes interfere negatively with the college curriculum. The items below categorize courses by the type of interaction that they have with the curriculum of the Pre-Dental Advantage Program.
- Green light classes. AP, IB or college courses taken in high school (Early College) may be used to satisfy requirements of categories 1, 2 and 3B of the General Education (GE) portion of the Pre-Dental Advantage Program, as long as they can be transferred in as equivalent to courses at Pacific that satisfy such requirements. This equivalence (articulation) can be verified at the ROAR webpage. Courses in chemistry and biology may be a good preparation for college when they do not articulate with a Pacific course or when they articulate with Pacific courses that have code numbers lower than BIOL 51 for biology (ex: BIOL 41) or lower than CHEM 25 for chemistry (ex: CHEM23).
- Yellow light classes. AP, IB or Early College classes are acceptable for physics courses that articulate with PHYS 23, 25, 53 or 55 but it is recommended that physics be taken instead at Pacific.
- Red light classes. AP, IB or Early College classes cannot be used to reduce the number of chemistry and biology courses taken while in the Pre-Dental Advantage Program. If you have already taken or want to take a course that articulates with a Pacific course coded BIOL 51 or higher (or CHEM 25 or higher), you must, as soon as possible: 1) Inform your undergraduate admission counselor at Pacific; and 2) Request the transfer of your courses to Pacific. This is necessary to avoid conflicts that could interfere with your registration and financial help. While we appreciate your interest in pursuing college-level courses prior to coming to Pacific, we strongly recommend that you do not take these courses, unless you want to replace them with more advanced chemistry and biology courses at Pacific.
IMPORTANT: If you complete a biology or chemistry course before enrolling at Pacific, you will be required to take a more advanced course in those subjects at Pacific.
- Notice that other DDS programs may require physics, math or psychology to be taken at a four-year college.
- If you have any questions, please contact your undergraduate admission counselor at Pacific.
Admission & Deadlines
- To apply for the Pre-Dental Program at Pacific, and for information about application deadlines and decision dates, please visit the Undergraduate Students Admission page.
All applicants are encouraged, and admitted students are required, to carefully read and agree to the Technical Standards of the Dugoni School. It is also highly recommended that all applicants review the Dental Board of California license requirements.