At CDMI, you will learn from faculty leaders who are committed to excellence in education and patient care. In the classroom and at our dental clinic, you'll benefit from a technology-rich environment designed to enhance your education. As a CDMI student, you will be a valuable part of a team providing patient-centered, comprehensive oral care founded on the principles of ethical practice, scientific research, and evidence-based decision-making. Throughout your education, our faculty will mentor you and help you gain the skills you need to build your future as a qualified, well-trained dentist.

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

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.0
  • Approximately 50 semester hours or 80 quarter hours of prerequisite course work
  • DAT academic average score of 18 or higher desired
  • Two letters of recommendation

Length of Program

4 years, full-time

Class Size


Class of 2022 Profile

  • Female: 48%
  • Male: 52%
  • Average Age: 24 (Range: 20-39)
  • Average Overall GPA: 3.4
  • Science GPA: 3.3
  • In-State: 28%

Graduation Rates*

Graduating ClassGraduation Rate
Class of 201893%
Class of 201792%
Class of 201695%
Class of 201597%

*Completion within 48 months of matriculation.

Board Statistics (Class of 2018)

ExamPass Rate
National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) Part 198%
National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) Part 295%

Career Plans / Residency Placements (Class of 2017)

Activity# of Graduates
Private Practice Dentist73
Armed Forces4
Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)5
Dental Graduate Student/Resident/Intern40
Oral Surgery2
Pediatric Dentistry2


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

Career 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

US Employment Projections through 2026

Employment of dentists is expected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Dentists,
on the Internet at (visited September 24, 2018).

Median Salary (2015)*

  • General Dentist: $179,960
  • Specialist: $320,460

*Most recent data.

Munson B, Vujicic M. Dentist Earnings Were Stable in 2015. Health Policy Institute Research Brief. American Dental Association.
December 2016. Available from: and Research/HPI/Files/HPIBrief_1216_1.pdf.

Admission Requirements


To be eligible for enrollment, an applicant must earn a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The College has a preferred minimum BCP science and cumulative GPA over 3.00 (although 3.20 will generally be competitively necessary) on a 4.00 scale.  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)
  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 18 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 three 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.

Prerequisite Courses

Courses Sem Hrs Qtr Hrs
Biology with lab812
General Chemistry with lab812
Organic Chemistry with lab46
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


Midwestern University's College of Dental Medicine - Illinois (CDMI) 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 interprofessional 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:

  • Patient-centered, comprehensive oral care founded on the principles of ethical practice, scientific research, and evidence-based decision making
  • An integrated educational program utilizing state-of-the-art resources and practices
  • Engagement in collaborative research, scholarly activity, and translational scholarship for the improvement of overall health
  • The graduation of highly qualified, empathetic oral healthcare professionals who possess the knowledge, skills, judgment, and respect for patients that is required for independent ethical practice

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



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 Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission's web address is:

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413.

Campus Safety


Students on the Downers Grove Campus benefit from a safe and secure suburban learning environment. Located 25 miles west of Chicago, our beautiful gated campus features 105-acres of wooded land and provides students with excellent living and learning opportunities. In addition, the University maintains a strong record of campus safety and has earned several partnership and citizen awards from local fire and police departments.

At Midwestern University, the safety and security of all members of our academic community is a top priority. For more information about our campus safety statistics, visit the national Campus Safety and Security database at

Diane Baldemor is a 2014 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program.

Safi Mohammed, College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM), Class of 2014.

Chessa Calabrese is a proud member of the inaugural class of the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois.

Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Tolu Akinwale is a 2013 graduate in the Chicago College of Pharmacy, where he has learned to provide pharmaceutical care in a wide range of community and institutional settings.

Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program on the Downers Grove Campus.

I cannot wait to be a practitioner who will be able to utilize my understanding of patients’ occupations in therapy in order to help them to live life to the fullest.

Zachary Karlinski is a student in the Chicago College of Pharmacy.