The College of Dental Medicine-Arizona offers you the opportunity to build a successful career as a dentist. Our student-friendly environment stresses teamwork and diversity with an emphasis on hands-on, experiential education. Third- and fourth-year CDMA students work with skilled and experienced faculty to provide actual patient care at the Midwestern University Dental Institute. At the conclusion of our four-year program, you will be well-prepared to build your career as a member of tomorrow's healthcare team.

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Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.00
  • For the 2018-2019 application cycle, a minimum science GPA of 3.0 will be required
  • Approximately 50 semester hours or 80 quarter hours of prerequisite course work
  • DAT academic average score of 20 or higher desired
  • Two letters of recommendation

Length of Program

4 years, full-time

Class Size


2021 Class Profile

  • Class Size: 141
  • Female: 40%
  • Male: 60%
  • Average BCP GPA: 3.47
  • TDAT: 19.77
    AA: 19.77
    RC: 20.89
    PA: 20.21
  • Top 3 Home States in order: Arizona, California, Utah


  • Basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences
  • Preclinical simulation studies
  • Practical clinical dentistry
  • Community clinical rotations

Career & Educational Opportunities

  • General dental practice
  • Graduate education in any of the dental specialties
  • Armed services (military)
  • Public Health Service or Indian Health Service
  • Dental industry
  • Dental education
  • Dental administration

Class of 2016* (140 students [100% Graduation Rate])

*The following information was obtained from an internal survey.

      • 11 accepted into AEGD Programs
      • 3 accepted into Endodontic Programs
      • 5 accepted into Pediatric Dentistry graduate program
      • 4 accepted into Orthodontics graduate program
      • 2 accepted into Oral Surgery graduate program
      • 2 accepted into Oral Surgery Internship program
      • 1 accepted into Oral Medicine graduate program
      • 14 entered military service ( 9 Army, 3 Air Force, 2 Navy)
      • 98 entered private practice, either on their own, as an associate, or as a partner

Board Statistics for Class of 2017

  • ADEX /WREB Clinical Board Exams - 100%
  • NDBE Part II Pass Rate 99%
  • NDBE Part I Pass Rate 100%

US Employment Projections through 2020

  • Employment of dentists is expect to grow by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.
    (Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13)

Median Salary (2015 - *Most Recent Data)

  • General Dentist: $172,000
  • Specialist: $300,000

    *US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Board Statistics for Class of 2017

  • ADEX - 56 students took the ADEX Examination Overall Pass Rate 100% (56/56)
    Patient based Pass Rate 100% (56/56) Non-patient based Pass Rate 100% (56/56)
  • WREB - 84 students took the WREB Examination Pass Rate 94.1% (79/84)
    Patient based pass rate 94.1% (79/84) Non-patient based pass rate 100% (84/84)
  • NDBE Part II Pass Rate 99.3% (139/140)
  • NDBE Part I Pass Rate 100% (141/141)

Admission Requirements


To be competitive, an applicant must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and must possess both a science (biology, chemistry and physics - BCP) and a total GPA of 3.00 or more (although 3.20 will be generally competitively necessary) on a 4.00 scale. A minimum science and overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required to receive a supplemental application from the College.

  1. Complete prerequisite courses.
  2. Submit competitive scores on the Dental Aptitude 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 planned enrollment year. Note: The Canadian DAT can be substituted for the U.S. DAT. All sections of the Canadian DAT are required.
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation. One must be from either a pre-dental advisory committee or a science professor. The other, preferentially, should be from either someone with a DO/MD, DDS/DMD 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 experience.
  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 Managment 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.

Application Deadline

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants are required to submit their application to AADSAS by January 1st. Students may access the online application via the Midwestern University website or through the AADSAS website. Students are advised to complete their application files as early as possible to ensure timely consideration.

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Program Description


The College of Dental Medicine – Arizona graduated its inaugural class of 110 students in May 2012. The Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) program is based on concepts of a humanistic culture of mutual respect, a focus on general dentistry, and preparation for licensure and practice of general dentistry upon graduation. Its contemporary curriculum features integrated, systems-based basic sciences; integrated, simulation-based preclinical oral health sciences; and integrated, patient-based clinical dentistry sciences. Learning is case-based and grounded in scientific evidence. The core curriculum is supplemented with course sequences in ethics and professionalism, practice management, advanced clinical dentistry, and community service.

College of Dental Medicine-Arizona Goals and Values

In pursuit of its mission, the CDMA is guided by this set of abiding and unchanging core values:

  • Maintaining a student-friendly environment
  • Encouraging broad and encompassing diversity
  • Advocating collegiality and teamwork
  • Integrating multidisciplinary coursework
  • Focusing on a general dentistry curriculum
  • Ensuring competence for general practice
  • Basing decisions on scientific evidence
  • Delivering ethical, patient-centered care
  • Engaging the university community
  • Serving the profession and the public
  • Promoting ethics and professionalism
  • Aspiring everyday to peak performance


The mission of the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona is to graduate well-qualified general dentists and to improve oral health through research, scholarly activity, and service to the public.

Program Updates



  • The entering class of 2017 now has 140 students, an increase of 30 students.
  • In 2013, Russell Gilpatrick, DDS, Retired Dean of the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, was named as winner of the prestigious William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Vision of a Dental Educator by
    the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)



The Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).  In 2012 the college was granted the accreditation status of "Approval without reporting requirements."  An accreditation classification granted to an educational program indicating that the program achieves or exceeds the basic requirements for accreditation.

CODA, which operates under the auspices of the American Dental Association (ADA), is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accrediting body for dental education programs at the post-secondary level in the United States.

For further information, please contact the American Dental Association, 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611; 800/621-8099. The web address is:

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission/A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413

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