Hypothesis-based undergraduate research involvement is highly recommended before applying to post-graduate programs. In addition to these courses, many dental schools require biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, three semesters of math, one year of English composition, and recommend coursework in social sciences, business, foreign language, and art, especially sculpture. Some schools require dentist shadowing. No majors are specified. A four-year baccalaureate degree is not required and students may apply for admission as soon as they have completed the required courses.
The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is required of all applicants to dental school. The test is offered in the spring, summer, and fall of each year and scores are submitted with applications in the summer or fall of the year prior to planned entrance to dental school. Most dental schools require applications compiled through the American Association of Dental Schools Admissions Service (AADSAS). For AADSAS material inquire of the advisor.
The state of Utah participates with Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in a cooperative dental school program with tuition support. Students must be admitted to Creighton University in the usual manner, then apply for support under the cooperative program. Information about this program is available through the advisor.
All students interested in careers in dentistry are strongly urged to consult the advisor before selecting courses every semester.