Pre-dental Education: A minimum of three years (90 semester or 135 quarter credit hours) completed at the time of application from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or Canada is suggested. Full time enrollment is recommended with an emphasis in the basic sciences.
Foreign course work: Foreign course work will not be accepted.
Community College Limitations: It is recommended that a student attend no more than one year at a community college.
Pass/No Pass: Admissions requirements taken for P/NP credit will not fulfill our requirements. Please note: the only exception to this policy applies to students attending a very limited number of schools that solely offer P/NP grades for lab courses. If you are given the option to take a lab course P/NP or for a grade, you must take it for a grade.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate: While actual coursework is preferred, applicants may use AP or IB credit toward the fulfillment of prerequisite course requirements. AP and IB courses may be accepted only if AP/IB credit is assigned to a specific course. That course must also fulfill our prerequisite requirement and must appear on an official transcript. AP and IB credit assigned to a general subject area will not fulfill this requirement. No other document, such as a transfer credit report, an unofficial transcript or a letter from an academic advisor, will fulfill this requirement.
Grade Point Average (GPA): It is recommended that you have a minimum of 3.0 in both your cumulative overall GPA and required science/BCP (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) GPA.
Degree Requirement: Although OHSU does not require a baccalaureate (B.A./B.S.) degree for admission, it is highly recommended that you plan to complete a bachelor's degree prior to matriculation.
Required Prerequisite Courses:
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Suggested additional preparation: Additional science courses such as microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, histology and neuroscience are highly recommended . Study of the social and behavioral sciences, and humanities as well as the courses in the fine arts such as sculpture and 3-D drawing will enhance the student's ability to practice dentistry.
OHSU Dental Hygiene Graduates: OHSU Dental Hygiene graduates are held to the same pre-dental admissions requirements as all other applicants to the DMD program. Please consult with your pre-dental advisor or an OHSU admissions officer as many of the admissions requirements used to gain entrance into the Dental Hygiene program will not fulfill our dental school prerequisite requirements.
Dental Admission Test (DAT): The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is a standardized exam designed to assess general academic ability, knowledge of scientific information, and perceptual ability . Canadian DAT scores are no longer accepted for those applicants applying for the entering class of 2014. Our priority deadline for receipt of official DAT scores is November 1. It is recommended, however, that the DAT be taken far enough in advance to allow for retake if needed. Applicants should achieve a minimum score of 15 in all DAT categories.
Dental Observation: Prior to application, applicants must have a minimum of 50 clinical observation hours in a dental setting. Of the 50 hours, we require a minimum of 25 hours in a general practice setting. The remaining 25 hours can continue to come from a general practice or a dental specialty office, a public health clinic, or any other clinical setting.
Other General Information
Health Requirements: All admitted students must meet OHSU's health and immunization requirements prior to matriculation. For more information please visit the JBT Health & Wellness Center online or call (503) 494-8665.
Criminal History Reviews: Admitted students must complete a background disclosure form and undergo a criminal history review as part of the matriculation process. Prior conviction does not necessarily disqualify an admitted student from matriculation. However, prior conviction may impede one's ability to obtain a license to practice dentistry. Applicants with a criminal history should consult with their state licensing agency for those instances where licensing may not be a possibility.
The School of Dentistry retains the right to rescind an accepted student based on any negative infraction as a result of our criminal history review. The admitted student has the right to inspect and challenge the results of the inquiry. Information about federal civil rights law and arrest records may be obtained through the Bureau of Labor and Industries.
Drug Screening: Beginning in 2008, all newly admitted students must successfully complete a drug screening within 14 days from the date of matriculation. This requirement is one way OHSU demonstrates its commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for employees, students, patients and visitors. Positive test results may immediately disqualify an admitted student from enrollment. The admitted student has the right to inspect and challenge the results of the inquiry.
OHSU policy indicates that no person shall be under the influence of any unlawful drug, any alcohol, or any misused prescription drug while on OHSU premises. Students suspected of being under the influence in violation of this prohibition may be required to submit to a drug or alcohol test at cause.
Student with Disabilities: OHSU's Office for Student Access responds to all requests for assistance in the accommodation of students with disabilities. Appropriate accommodations are provided on a case-by-case basis. For more information about the services available through the Office of Student Access please call (503) 494-0082.
Reapplication: Applicants who have submitted applications in previous years and are seeking to reapply must submit an entirely new application and supporting documentation. No materials from previous applications will be used to complete your application documentation requirements.
Deferred Admissions: OHSU does not offer an option to defer admissions. Accepted applicants who wish to postpone enrollment must reapply through AADSAS during a subsequent application cycle.
Transfer Applications: OHSU does not accept applications from students seeking to transfer from other dental schools.
Advanced Standing: OHSU does not offer an advanced standing program for foreign-trained dentists.
Submit the Following to AADSAS:
Completed AADSAS Application: Applicants must submit an application through AADSAS (American Associated Dental Application Support Service) prior to our application deadline of November 1. The AADSAS application is exclusively a web-based application and is available at http://www.adea.org.
Letters of Evaluation: OHSU requires two letters of evaluation from basic science faculty and one from a dental professional, or one pre-professional committee letter. If your pre-professional committee letter does not include an evaluation from a dentist, we ask that you send a supplemental letter of evaluation from a dentist under separate cover.
Official Transcripts: Forward official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you attended as instructed in the AADSAS instructions.
Submit the Following to OHSU:
$75.00 Non-Refundable Processing Fee: Application fees can be paid online. Otherwise, check or money order payable to OHSU will be accepted. Send processing fee to the OHSU School of Dentistry, Office of Admissions and Student Affairs, Mail Code: SD-SA, 2730 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97201-5042. To ensure your fee is credited to your application, please include your full name, address and AADSAS ID number with your payment.
Official DAT Scores: To order official score reports please visit the American Dental Association online at www.ada.org or by calling (800) 621-8099. Our priority deadline for DAT scores is November 1.
Timeline for Students Applying to Enter in August 2015
Contact faculty/advisors to request letters of evaluation (two from basic science faculty and one from a dentist OR one pre-professional committee letter which should also include a letter from a dentist). Have letters of evaluation sent directly to AADSAS when you submit your application.
Complete AADSAS application online. Also begin collecting official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended for submission with your AADSAS application. Draft personal statement and have it reviewed by reliable sources.
Summer (June- August)
Take DAT exam early leaving enough time to retake the exam if necessary.
By Labor Day
It is to your advantage to apply no later than Labor Day. A late application could jeopardize your chances for consideration.
End of September
School of Dentistry may request additional information.
October - January
Applicants invited to interview at School of Dentistry.
OHSU's AADSAS application deadline and last preferred DAT exam date.
Acceptance letters sent to applicants.
Begin applying for financial aid. Priority financial aid deadline is March 1.
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