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Dentistry Program

Dental schools require three or four years of undergraduate work. The dental school usually lasts four years and results in a DDS degree. Each class at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry is limited to 34-36 students, with a preference given to Colorado residents.

You must complete a minimum of 90 semester hours (with at least 30 semester hours of upper division work) before the time you enter the CU school of Dentistry. the following courses are required by CU. You should plan on completing the biology and chemistry courses by the end of your junior year so you will be prepared to take the DAT (Dental Admission Test) at that time. For the courses required by the other dental schools, consult the Admission Requirements of the U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools published each year by the American Association of Dental Schools.

    General Chemistry

    Organic Chemistry

    General Biology

    College Physics Physics has a prerequisite of Math 1120, Trigonometry.

    Literature or Humanities. These should be courses involving reading and discussion, oral and written, of literature in English. these can include courses in English, Philosophy, History, etc.

    English Composition: One semester of English Composition is required.

The chances of being accepted without four years of undergraduate work, or a degree are low. Thus you should plan your academic program so that you can earn a BA degree. Your program must satisfy, simultaneously, three sets of requirements: (1) those set by the college, (2) those set by the department in which you are majoring, and (3) those set by the dental schools. This advising information deals with these latter requirements. You must meet the requirements in effect when you ENTER dental school. For the other requirements, consult the schedule of courses and your major department. The class at CU which started the fall of 1996 had an average overall GPA of 3.37and a science GPA of 3.30. The average DAT score was 17.5. The average ages was 25. For Colorado residents the acceptance rate was 1 out of 4 applicants. For all applicants it was 1 out of 26.

Application: the University of Colorado and most other schools of dentistry participate in the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). AADSAS application packets are available in April or May. The packets must be requested directly from AADSAS. You need to email your name and address to aadsas@aads.jhu.edu or phone (202) 667-1886. Indicate whether you want the application on paper or on diskette. The application for CU must be filed by January 1 of the year in which entry is desired. Other schools have deadlines ranging from October 15 to April 1.

Dental Admissions Test (DAT): the DAT is administered in October and April and is required by all of the schools of dentistry. A copy of the information bulletin for this test may be obtained in NC 3012 or NC 3411. The DAT is normally take in in the spring of the junior year.

Letters of Recommendation: All schools require letters of recommendation from faculty members. This means that you should make certain that the faculty members get to know you. If they do not know you, they will not be able to write a useful letter. Many, if not most schools prefer a committee letter over individual letters. the UCD Health Careers Committee will write a committee letter of recommendation/evaluation. For this letter, you will need to obtain recommendations from 3 faculty members you have had for classes at UCD. For details about the process, obtain an information packet in NC3012 or NC3411.

Experience: you should try to gain some experience in the field of dentistry. While it is often difficult to gain hands on experience, you should spend some time in the offices of two or three dentists to see what it is that they actually do with their time. You may be able to earn academic credit while gaining this experience. Check the Volunteer and Internship section for more information.

Further Information: Further information about the CU School of Dentistry may be obtained by calling the Dental School Recruitment office at (303) 270-7259 or by visiting their website. They are willing to arrange a tour of the school.