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

General Requirements

Length of Program

4 years, full-time

Class Size


2017 Class Profile


Career & Educational Opportunities

Class of 2014* (Graduated May 30, 2014 - 109 students [100% Graduation Rate])

*The following information was obtained from an internal survey.

Board Statistics for Class of 2014

US Employment Projections through 2020

Median Salary (2010 - *Most Recent Data)

Board Statistics for Class of 2013

Admission Requirements


To be competitive, an applicant should 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 three letters of recommendation. One must be from either a pre-dental advisory committee or a science professor. The others, 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.

Additional Application Information

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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:


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 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

Related Links


Dental Medicine as a Career

American Dental Association (ADA)

American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

Arizona Dental Association Student Chapter (AzDA)

Midwestern University Clinics

Midwestern University Office of Continuing Dental Education