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Dentistry Programs

Prerequisite course requirements:

  • Biology with lab (2 semesters)
  • Chemistry with lab (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (2 semesters, 1 of lab)
  • Physics (2 semesters)
  • Calculus (2 semesters)
  • The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) which is administered by computer at Prometric Testing Centers and students can register for these through the American Dental Associations (ADA) website. The test is generally taken in the Spring of Junior year and covers 4 areas of study: 1) a survey of natural sciences (biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry), 2) reading comprehension, 3) quantitative ability and 4) perceptual ability.

The Application Process

Primary Applications

The application process begins the summer of the year before the year of entry. Most schools belong to the Dental Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) and those applying to such school can do so on the AADSAS School’s website. Many schools have a rolling admission policy, meaning that they review applications on an ongoing basis, so applicants who submit their materials before the deadline may receive earlier interviews. It is advised to submit your primary application by July 4th.

Secondary Applications

This is sent out if a school is interested in you and, after reviewing your primary application, send you a secondary applications that is specific to that school. Secondary applications generally include additional essays and an application fee but are not generally due until winter. However, it is safe to plan to submit your secondary application as soon as possible in order to secure an interview.

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Suggested general preparation:

Dental schools are looking for well-rounded individuals who understand the dental profession and who have demonstrated dedication to the field. It is valuable to develop a mentor relationship with a dental professional, and important to establish consistent volunteer or service work to dental health programs. It is also important to demonstrate engagement with your community.

Willamette University

Health Professions

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.