2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Doctor of Dental Surgery, D.D.S.

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The U of U School of Dentistry participates in the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS).

School of Dentistry
530 South Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: (801) 581-8951

The new Ray & Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building is 80,000 square feet of education, clinic, laboratory, and research space.  The in-house clinic features more than 80 patient operatories for all aspects of oral health care.  All of the requirements of a traditional dentistry program are fulfilled in the first three years of curriculum.  The fourth year maximizes clinical experience at advanced levels of training and patient care.  This first-of-its-kind curriculum prepares students for the rigors of residency programs and a more productive start to private practice. 

Admission Requirements

  • Education: All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States college or university

  • Prerequisite coursework: To meet prerequisite requirements for admission and to gain necessary background for the study of dentistry, the following minimum education requirements must be completed before matriculation in the dental program at the U of U School of Dentistry:



3 semester hours


6 semester hours

Chemistry (general/inorganic)

8 semester hours

Chemistry (organic)

6 semester hours

English composition/technical writing

6 semester hours


6 semester hours


3 semester hours


3 semester hours

  • Recommended courses:

The recommended courses are counted towards elective credits and include the following:

Cell biology
Molecular biology/genetics
Additional biology, chemistry and/or physics courses
3-Dimensional art

  • Job shadowing: 40 hours (minimum) required.  We recommend shadowing at least four different dentists

  • GPA: There is no minimum GPA requirement for acceptance.  The average GPA of current students is 3.66 for science courses and 3.74 cumulative

  • Dental Admission Test (DAT): All applicants are required to take the DAT and submit scores via AADSAS application, by October 15th, of the application year.  To be considered for admission, no minimum DAT score is required.  However, the average of current students is 21 for academic average and perceptual average, and 20 for total science.  Test application information and procedures can be found at www.adea.org.  Submitted DAT scores must represent results achieved within the last 3 years.

  • Physical Ability Requirements: Applicants must be able to perform physical and manual functions, with reasonable accommodations, necessary to the performance of dentistry

  • Letters of Recommendation: Must submit three letters through AADSAS

    • Two letters from science instructors who taught you in a classroom setting and assigned a grade

    • One letter from a college/university committee, a non-science instructor, dental professional, employer, supervisor or clergy

    • If desired, you may submit an optional fourth letter attesting to character and fitness for dentistry

      The total number of letters should not exceed four

Additional Requirements

For additional information see dentistry.utah.edu/students/

  • Selection Criteria
  • Application Procedures
  • Interviews
  • Tuition/Financial Aid

Degree Requirements

For additional information please contact the Dental Admissions Office at dental.admissions@hsc.utah.edu

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