DMD Admission Requirements
Application information and admission requirements
Submit the following to AADSAS by January 1:
Completed AADSAS Application: Applicants must submit an application through AADSAS (American Associated Dental Application Support Service) prior to our application deadline of January 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. The dental evaluation must be from a dentist you shadowed or worked with. All evaluations must be on letterhead and signed by the evaluators.
Official Transcripts: Forward official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you attended as instructed in the AADSAS instructions.
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 January 1.
Submit the Following to OHSU by January 1:
$75.00 Non-Refundable Processing Fee: Application fees can be paid online.
Timeline for students applying to the OHSU School of Dentistry
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.
May - August
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.
School of Dentistry may request additional information.
October - March*
Applicants invited to interview at School of Dentistry.
December - March*
Acceptance letters sent to applicants.
OHSU's AADSAS application deadline and last preferred DAT score date.
Begin applying for financial aid. Priority financial aid deadline is March 1.
Enter OHSU School of Dentistry!
* Dates may vary due to rolling admissions cycle
Health Requirements: All admitted students must meet OHSU's health and immunization requirements prior to matriculation. OHSU follows the guidelines for required immunizations issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and by the State of Oregon. Matriculating students will be asked to provide the Student Health & Wellness Center with proof of immunizations before Orientation. Students who are not in compliance 30 days after matriculation will have their registration privileges cancelled and be removed from school. Students must remain in compliance for the duration of their enrollment at OHSU. For more specific immunization information and other health requirements please visit the Student Health & Wellness Center online or call 503-494-8665.
Criminal History Reviews: Prospective students are not required to disclose criminal convictions prior to receiving an offer of admission. Following a conditional admission offer, prospective students will undergo a pre-matriculation background check pursuant to policy and procedures available on the OHSU Public Safety website. However, OHSU is a university of health professions, and it is possible that professional and occupational licensure requirements may prohibit individuals with criminal convictions from ultimately obtaining a professional license. Licensure requirements vary by state and prospective students are encouraged to consult their state licensing agency for more information.
If a prospective student is denied admission due to a criminal conviction, they may appeal the final admissions decision to the Office of the Provost at email@example.com.
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.
Students with Disabilities: OHSU is committed to providing equal access to qualified students who experience a disability in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act (ADA-AA) of 2008. If you have a disability or think you may have a disability (physical, sensory, chronic health, psychological, learning, or other) please contact the Office for Student Access at 503-494-0082 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss eligibility for academic accommodations. Information is also available at http://www.ohsu.edu/student-access. Because accommodations may take time to implement and cannot be applied retroactively, it is important to have this discussion as soon as possible. All information regarding a student's disability is kept in accordance with relevant state and federal laws.
OHSU Employees as Students: It is the responsibility of OHSU employees seeking to pursue individual courses for academic credit or an academic degree or certificate within OHSU to notify the academic program of their employment status prior to registering or accepting admissions to ensure the activity does not impact their work schedule and to minimize potential conflicts of interest.
Current OHSU students intending to accept an employment offer (excluding positions identified as Student Employment or Student Work Study) from an OHSU department must notify their academic program prior to accepting the position.
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.
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.
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
Courses - all courses must be completed for a grade of C or higher
General Biology w/labs1
General Chemistry w/labs1
Organic Chemistry w/labs1
1 Courses must be completed as part of a sequence (for example 201/202/203 or 201a/201b/201c).
2 Biochemistry lab is highly recommended, but not required.
3 One year or the minimum number of credit hours required to meet your institution’s bachelor degree requirement.
4 Met with courses that satisfy your institution's BS/BA degree requirement.
Highly Recommended Courses
Completion of additional upper division (300-400 level) courses at a 4-year college or university is highly recommended. Such courses will prepare you for graduate-level coursework and are favorable for a strong application. Completion of 3 or 4 upper division level courses is the recommended minimum to demonstrate readiness for the rigors of the dental school curriculum.
Anatomy - Human, Vertebrate or Mammalian
Prerequisite and Advisor table specific to Oregon 4-year Colleges/Universities
Prerequisite table for OHSU's most common out-of-state feeder Colleges/Universities
Suggested additional preparation: 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 January 1. It is recommended, however, that the DAT be taken far enough in advance to allow for retake if needed. Only the most recent scores are considered. 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.
Covid-19 Vaccination Information
OHSU’s final COVID-19 Immunizations and Education policy was approved by the Policy Advisory Committee and signed by President Jacobs on Oct. 13, 2021. This means that OHSU requires that all members, including students, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before starting their program. OHSU requires immunizations for its students in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the State of Oregon. Students must comply with OHSU pre-entrance immunization requirements per Policy 03-30-150 and Policy 02-90-010, and remain in compliance for the duration of their enrollment at OHSU. ‘Fully vaccinated’ means you have received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, and that at least 14 days have passed since your final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was issued before starting the program. This definition may be modified to include subsequent boosters and/or additional doses as recommended by the CDC. OHSU does not allow unvaccinated students to participate in in-person direct patient contact or in simulation activities involving in-person direct contact with standardized patients, and as such, entry into clinical programs for unvaccinated students will be prohibited. New students will be required to provide OHSU with proof of COVID vaccination(s) or an approved exemption no later than 21 days prior to matriculation. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding this, please contact the Student Health & Wellness center at email@example.com or by phone at 503-494-8865.