Dental Medicine in Downers Grove


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

General Requirements

Length of Program

4 years, full-time

Class Size


Class of 2016 Profile


Career Opportunities

US Employment Projections through 2020 (Proposed)

Employment of dentists is expected 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 - 2010 (Most recent data)

Admission Requirements


To be eligible for enrollment, an applicant must earn a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must possess a science and cumulative GPA over 2.75 (although 3.20 will generally be competitively necessary) on a 4.00 scale. A minimum biology/chemistry/physics (BCP) science and cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, as calculated by AADSAS, is required to receive a supplemental application. A bachelor's degree must be completed before starting the program.

Students seeking admission to CDMI must submit the following documented evidence:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation.
  2. Completion of the prerequisite coursework.
    • Grades of C or better (grades of C- are not acceptable)
    • To receive a supplemental application, students must have minimum cumulative and BCP science GPAs of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, as calculated by AADSAS
  1. Competitive exam scores on the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT).
    • Scores on the DAT must be submitted directly to AADSAS
    • Scores in the area of 17 or higher will be expected for the Academic Average, Reading Comprehension, Perceptual Ability, and Total Science sections
    • Only DAT exam scores earned from tests taken no more than 3 years prior to matriculation are acceptable
  1. Two letters of recommendation.
    • One must be from either a predental advisory committee or a science professor
    • The CDMI prefers other letters from either someone with a D.O./M.D. or D.D.S./D.M.D. degree and/or professionals who can testify to the integrity and ethical standards of the applicant
    • Letters written by immediate family members are not acceptable
    • All letters of evaluation must be submitted directly by the evaluators to AADSAS
  1. Demonstration of a sincere understanding of, and interest in, the humanitarian ethos of healthcare and particularly dental medicine.
  2. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
  3. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous salaried work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
  4. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
  5. Agreement to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
  6. Passing the Midwestern University fingerprinting and 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.

Prerequisite Courses

Courses Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Biology with lab812
General Chemistry with lab812
Organic Chemistry with lab46
Physics with lab812
English Composition / Technical Writing69
All science prerequisites must be courses designed for science majors. No survey courses will count to fulfill science requirements.

No grade lower than a C will be accepted for any prerequisite courses (i.e. a grade C– will not be acceptable).

*The Anatomy and Physiology requirements may also be fulfilled by taking Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II, as some universities offer combined courses.

Additional Application Information

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Program Description


The inaugural class (Class of 2015) of Midwestern University's College of Dental Medicine - Illinois (CDMI) matriculated in August 2011 and is part of an outstanding University with a long tradition of providing exceptional educational experiences to students in medicine, pharmacy, and other health-related disciplines. CDMI students will learn the interdisciplinary roles that are a part of the delivery of optimal oral health as a component of overall general health. Midwestern University's CDMI administration and faculty are leaders committed to excellence in education and patient care, who also strive to contribute to the future of the dental profession. The faculty provides a collegial and positive environment for student learning in one of the most worthy and needed professional disciplines of our healthcare system.


The Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois is dedicated to the education of dentists who will demonstrate excellence in comprehensive oral healthcare and the discovery and dissemination of knowledge.


The College of Dental Medicine - Illinois is recognized as the leader of oral healthcare in the state of Illinois through its commitment to:

Core Values

The College of Dental Medicine - Illinois will achieve its mission and vision through emphasis on the following goals:

  1. Patient-centered, comprehensive care that holistically considers the entire person in relation to their environment
  2. Innovative educational programs that prepare students for ethical clinical practice of the highest quality
  3. Scholarly achievement and research that emphasizes discovery and the expansion of knowledge in education, learning, and healthcare delivery
  4. Lifelong learning that emphasizes professional development and continuous change, based on science and evidence
  5. Provision of oral healthcare to challenged populations and communities
  6. Leadership in the provision of oral healthcare that is developed among students, faculty, and staff through integrity, innovation, responsibility, and service to the community
  7. Mutual respect and professionalism, modeled by the faculty, that engenders an atmosphere of cooperation, teamwork, shared knowledge, and collegial respect
  8. Diversity that is highly valued and visible among students, staff, faculty, and patients
  9. Development of an interdisciplinary model that prepares practitioners for the healthcare team of the future

Planned Program Improvements

As a new program in development, improvements at the College of Dental Medicine - Illinois are occurring on a daily basis and will continue throughout the next three years.



The Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine - Illinois is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements." The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago A venue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission's 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)

Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS)

Chicago Dental Society (CDS)