Roseman University of Health Sciences
Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
The CODM recognizes that qualified individuals come from diverse personal, educational and career backgrounds. As a strategy to encourage individual development, the CODM recommends that each applicant meet with a health professions advisor at his/her institution to develop a course of study that will enable the student to master the foundation materials essential for success in dental school.
The CODM website encourages students to access information on health professions advisors from the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions website (http://naahp.org/advisors.htm). If a student is attending an institution that does not have health professions advisors, students are directed to consult with Biology or Chemistry faculty for guidance on selecting courses appropriate for pre-dental students.
In general, successful applicants will have completed the following courses (or their equivalents) that are approved for pre-dental or health science majors at their institution(s):
- Four semester courses in Biological Sciences* (with laboratories if offered)
- Two semester courses in Inorganic Chemistry with laboratories
- Two semester courses in Organic Chemistry (with laboratories if offered)
- One semester course in Biochemistry
- Two semester courses in Physics
- Two semester courses designed to develop skills essential for effective communication with health care professionals, patients, staff and others involved with the practice of dentistry. There are many ways students can fulfill the communications prerequisite including, but not limited to, the following**:
−English, composition, creative, business, technical or scientific writing courses (one writing intensive course is required);
−Literature or Philosophy courses (if writing intensive);
−Communication courses focusing on speech, debate, public speaking or interpersonal relationships;
−Journalism courses emphasizing interviewing, reporting, or editing;
−Psychology, Counseling or Education courses that include a supervised practicum or field experience;
−Theater courses that include acting experience.
* Biologicallyâ€oriented courses in other disciplines, such as physical anthropology with lab or field experience, may satisfy the biology prerequisite if approved by the health professions advisor.
** English as a Second Language coursework does not meet the communications requirement.
CODM recognizes that some institutions have developed a unique sequence of courses for pre-dental and premedical majors to fulfill these requirements. Candidates who complete a unique, nonâ€traditional, pre-dental curriculum are asked to submit a letter from their advisor or faculty detailing the course of study. Narrative transcripts will be accepted for courses that do not use grades. Students who submit academic information from institutions outside of the United States or Canada should contact the Admissions Office for specific requirements for transcript evaluation and translation services.
The candidate’s entire academic record will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. This includes all courses in undergraduate, graduate, professional or other specialty programs. The CODM will accept coursework completed at a community college if those courses transfer as equivalent to pre-dental level courses at a fourâ€year college or university. Students must have completed a minimum of 60 semester credit hours (90 quarter hours) to be eligible for consideration.
The Admissions Committee will evaluate the following academic and nonâ€academic information from the AADSAS application:
- Motivation for a career in dentistry and knowledge of the profession
- Academic performance patterns in courses and on the DAT
- Academic course load and other evidence that the student will succeed in an intense dental curriculum
- Prior health professions or graduate programs
- Work history
- Evidence of manual dexterity
- Ability to communicate in more than one language
- Awards, honors and scholarships
- Experience in dentistry (e.g., shadowing, employment, volunteer service)
- Service work, research and extracurricular activities
- Personal essay/statement
- History of leadership and team skills
- Areas of major development
- Letters of evaluation
Dental Admission Test (DAT)
The Admissions Committee considers DAT scores on an individual basis as part of its evaluation of the candidate’s entire academic record. To be considered for admission, scores on Academic Average, Total Science, Reading Comprehension and Perceptual Ability must be 17 or higher. Competitive scores will generally be 19 or higher. The Admissions Committee will use the most recent DAT score in its initial review of the candidate’s credentials. DAT scores older than three years at the time of application will not be accepted.
If a candidate has not achieved a score of 17 on Academic Average, Total Science, Reading Comprehension and Perceptual Ability on the most recent DAT test taken, the candidate’s file will be put on hold pending receipt of new scores. If these scores are not achieved, the applicant will be denied admission at the end of that cycle. Candidates are encouraged to access information about the DAT at: www.ada.org/dat.aspx.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Although the CODM evaluates each student’s record on an individual basis, the candidate must have achieved a minimum science GPA of 2.8 in undergraduate, professional and graduate studies to be eligible for consideration for the DMD program. When evaluating the student’s success in science courses, CODM will consider the higher of the AADSAS Science GPA or the GPA for the last 30 hours of science courses completed in its admissions decisions.
Students who have not achieved the minimum science GPA will not be admitted to the program.
Degrees and Majors
Although the CODM encourages applicants to complete their degree programs, a degree is not required for admission. A student may pursue any major, provided she or he fulfills the science and communications coursework prerequisites prior to matriculation into the DMD program.