Post-baccalaureate degree: DDS
Dentists play a significant role in our oral health care throughout our lives. Whether it's maintenance in our early years, braces in our adolescent years, or treatment for gum disease or teeth extractions in our senior years, successful dentists are capable and compassionate practitioners.
Minimum Pre-requisites for Admission in General
- Each program has its own prerequisites. Check specific school for detail prerequisites.
- Applicants must complete > 135 quarter hours of undergraduate credits. A Baccalaureate Degree is strongly preferred.
- General Course prerequisites include the following:
- Required Courses. All science courses must include labs
- Chemistry (21 quarter hours with at least 6 quarter hours in Organic)
- Biological Science (9 quarter hours)
- Physics (9 quarter hours)
- English (9 quarter hours)
- Elective Courses (87 quarter hours)
- Highly recommended classes include: upper division biology courses (Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Histology, Embryology, Cell Biology), public speaking, calculus, humanities/social sciences, psychology, sociology, painting and sculpture, Business courses such as personnel management, accounting, marketing, Mechanical drawing,
Tests Needed: Dental Admission Test (DAT)
The Dental Admission Test (DAT)
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DAT Prep Courses
Dental Admissions Testing Program
Sample Tests and Information
California Dental Schools
Suggested Time Table
Make an appointment to see your pre-professional advisor at least once every year
- Decide the major(s) (Make an appointment to see a Career Counselor in Career Center at Cal Poly)
- Consider joining the Pre-Dent and Biology Club (Student Organization) in the Dept of Biological Sciences
- Stay focused to achieve excellent academic performance (Most Dental schools will accept only students with a minimum 3.5 GPA)
- Participate health-related volunteer opportunities
- Take the time to develop relationships with faculty members for future letter of recommendations
- Continue to participate in health-related volunteer opportunities
- Study for the DAT (Dental Admission Test)
- Consider enrolling in commercial DAT prep courses
- Start getting the necessary application information ready
- Take the DAT in Spring
Summer between Junior and Senior Year
- Complete collecting and preparing all the necessary materials for your application: personal statement, letter of recommendations, DAT scores, etc.
- Take the DAT exam in the summer if you have not taken it in spring or you want to get a better DAT score. A 90-day waiting period between tests is required
- Submit the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) after June 1st (earliest time) for AADSAS dental schools. For the non-AADSAS dental schools, contact them directly for their applications
- If you were granted an interview, schedule a mock interview with your Pre-professional advisor for the upcoming interview
- Complete your undergraduate studies and have a nice vacation before dental school starts.