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College of Dental Medicine-Arizona

The Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona considers for admission those students who possess the academic, professional, and personal qualities necessary for development as exemplary dental professionals. To select these students, the College uses a rolling admissions process within a competitive admissions framework.

Admission Requirements
To be competitive, an applicant should have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Possess both a science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and total GPA of 2.75 or more (although 3.20 will be generally competitively necessary) on a 4.00 scale. A minimum science and overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale is required to receive a supplemental application from the College.

Prerequisite courses:

Biology with lab

8 Semester/12 Quarter hours

General Chemistry with lab

8 Semester/12 Quarter hours

Organic Chemistry with lab

4 Semester/6 Quarter hours

Anatomy with lab

3 Semester/4 Quarter hours

Microbiology with lab

3 Semester/4 Quarter hours

Other Courses

 

Physics

8 Semester/12 Quarter hours

Physiology

3 Semester/4 Quarter hours

Biochemistry

3 Semester/4 Quarter hours

English Composition/Technical Writing

6 Semester/9 Quarter hours

No grade lower than a C will be accepted for any prerequisite courses (A grade of C- will not be acceptable).Complete above prerequisite courses.Submit competitive scores on the Dental Admission Test (DAT).

  1. Complete above prerequisite courses.
  2. Submit competitive scores on the Dental Admission Test (DAT).
    • Scores in the area of 18 or higher will be expected for the Academic Average, Reading Comprehension and Perceptual Ability sections
    • The DAT test must have been taken no more than 3 years prior to application
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation.
    • One must be from either a predental advisory committee or a science professor
    • The others preferentially should be from either someone with a D.O./M.D. or D.D.S./D.M.D. degree and/or someone who can testify to the integrity and ethical standards of the applicant
    • Letters written by immediate family members will not be accepted
    • All letters of evaluation must be submitted directly from the evaluators. The Office of Admissions will not accept letters submitted by students.
  4. Demonstrate a sincere understanding of, and interest in, the humanitarian ethos of health care and particularly dental medicine.
  5. Reflect a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  6. Reflect proper motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous salaried work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  7. Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  8. Agree to abide by Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  9. Pass the Midwestern University criminal background check.
    • Applicants will be subject to a criminal background check. The results of the background check are reviewed by the Dean of Students to determine whether there is a record of misdemeanor or felony convictions. If there is a positive record, the Dean of Students will inform the appropriate Academic Dean and the University's Director of Risk Management to determine whether the criminal history will negatively impact the student's admission status or ability to complete the practical training/rotation requirements of the degree program.

Competitive Admissions
Within the competitive admissions framework, the College uses multiple criteria to select the most qualified, diverse group of candidates from an applicant pool that greatly exceeds the number of seats available. Applicants are evaluated on academic coursework, performance on the Dental Admission Test (DAT), their application (AADSAS) essays, letters of evaluation, and interviews. Demonstrated community service through volunteerism or service-oriented employment is preferred.

Rolling Admissions
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona uses a rolling admissions process. Applications are reviewed and decisions to interview individual candidates are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle. Interviews are conducted and the selection process of each candidate for College admission is made until the class is filled. Applicants are notified of their selection status as soon as possible after their interview date, but not prior to December 1 of the year preceding matriculation which is the earliest date the U.S. and Canadian dental schools have agreed to extend a position in the class.