Academic Preparation & Requirements
The CODM recognizes that qualified individuals come from diverse personal, educational and career backgrounds. As a strategy to encourage individual development, the CODM recommends that each applicant meet with a health professions advisor at his/her institution to develop a course of study that will enable the student to master the foundation materials essential for success in dental school. The CODM website encourages students to access information on health professions advisors from the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions website (http://naahp.org/advisors.htm). If a student is attending an institution that does not have health professions advisors, students are directed to consult with Biology or Chemistry faculty for guidance on selecting courses appropriate for pre-dental students.
In general, successful applicants will have completed the following courses (or their equivalents) that are approved for pre-dental or health science majors at their institution(s):
- Six semester courses or nine quarter courses, or equivalant as approved by the advisor, in Biological Sciences* (with laboratories, if offered)
- Two semester courses or three quarter courses, or equivalent as approved by the advisor, in Inorganic Chemistry with laboratories
- Two semester courses or three quarter courses, or equivalent as approved by the advisor, in Organic Chemistry (with laboratories, if offered)
- One semester course or one and a half quarter courses, or equivalent as approved by the advisor, in Biochemistry
- Two semester courses or three quarter courses, or equivalent as approved by the advisor, in Physics (with laboratories, if offered)
- Two semester courses or three quarter courses, or equivalent as approved by the advisor, designed to develop skills essential for effective communication with health care professionals, patients, staff and others involved with the practice of dentistry. There are many ways students can fulfill the communications prerequisite including, but not limited to, the following**:
-English, composition, creative, business, technical or scientific writing courses (one writing intensive course is required);
-Literature or Philosophy courses (if writing intensive);
-Communication courses focusing on speech, debate, public speaking or interpersonal relationships;
-Journalism courses emphasizing interviewing, reporting, or editing;
-Psychology, Counseling or Education courses that include a supervised practicum or field experience;
-Theater courses that include acting experience.
*Biologically-oriented courses in other disciplines, such as physical anthropology with lab or field experience, may satisfy the biology prerequisite if approved by the health professions advisor.
**English as a Second Language coursework does not meet the communications requirement.
Grade Point Average
Candidates must achieve a minimum science GPA of 3.0 in the last 30 hours of science courses to be eligible for initial consideration for the DMD program. The CODM Admissions Committee will evaluate performance in all undergraduate, graduate, certificate and professional studies in its final admissions decisions.
Students who have not achieved the minimum science GPA will not be admitted to the program.
The Admissions Committee considers DAT scores on an individual basis as part of its evaluation of the candidate’s entire academic record. To be considered for admission, scores on Academic Average, Total Science, Reading Comprehension and Perceptual Ability must be 17 or higher. The Admissions Committee will use the most recent DAT score in its initial review of the candidate’s credentials. DAT scores older than three years at the time of application will not be accepted.
If a candidate has not achieved a score of 17 on Academic Average, Total Science, Reading Comprehension and Perceptual Ability on the most recent DAT, the candidate’s file will be put on hold pending receipt of new scores. If these scores are not achieved by November 15th, the applicant will be denied admission for that admissions cycle. Candidates are encouraged to access information about the DAT at: http://www.ada.org/dat.aspx.
Letters of Evaluation
Letters of Evaluation are required by the CODM. If a student is attending a school that has a health professions advisory committee, a letter of evaluation from the Committee is required. If a student is attending a school that does not provide committee letters, three letters of evaluation are required. Two of these letters must be from science faculty who can evaluate the applicant’s performance in the sciences. The third letter can be from another faculty member (any field) or from a health professional who knows the student well, except family members.
Roseman University of Health Sciences does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, handicap or sexual orientation in any of its policies.
Roseman University of Health Sciences is an equal opportunity educational institution in all of its activities. Roseman, in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of l964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 403 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Sections 102 and 302 of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, handicap or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. In compliance with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, Roseman does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or because an individual is a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam Era, or because of a medical condition in any of its policies, procedures, or practices as required by law. Within the limits of the law, Roseman does not discriminate on the basis of citizenship. This non- discrimination policy covers ad mission, access, and service in the University programs and activities, and application for and treatment in University employment.