Pre-Dentistry * : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Combined: BS/DDS (Biological Sciences/Dentistry)
Graduate: DDS

Advisement

In order to enroll in the D.D.S. program at the University at Buffalo, an applicant must complete all of the courses listed below as part of his or her undergraduate experience.
  • Two semesters of general biology with a laboratory experience
  • Two semesters of general chemistry with a laboratory experience
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with a laboratory experience
  • Two semesters of general physics with a laboratory experience
  • Two semesters of English, including composition

The prerequisite courses for other U.S. schools are very similar. It is advisable to review the prerequisite courses at the various schools of interest early on in the undergraduate years so that all courses can be completed prior to beginning the dental school application process.

In order to enroll in the School of Dental Medicine, an applicant must have completed at least ninety hours of undergraduate course work, including all of the prerequisite courses. There is no requirement to complete a bachelor's degree. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to do so. Individuals who will not complete a bachelor's degree prior to enrolling are rarely accepted and then only with outstanding academic records.

As mentioned above, while there is no required major area of study, most applicants choose biology or one of the biological sciences for their undergraduate studies. While course work in the sciences is important to success in dental school, dentistry is very much a "people profession" and course work in psychology and the humanities is also very important to an aspiring professional.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to gain experience in clinical dentistry while in an undergraduate program. This can be done in a private practice, general or specialty; a hospital dental clinic; or at the UB School of Dental Medicine. This experience provides the future dentist with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the activities and responsibilities that comprise the practice of dentistry.

Acceptance Information

Although no particular major is required to apply to the School of Dental Medicine, we do require completion of certain courses. Please see the Advising Information section below for additional information.

All applicants to the School of Dental Medicine are required to complete the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), administered through the American Dental Association in Chicago. Nearly every dental school in the United States requires the DAT. After registering with the ADA, an applicant can schedule a convenient time to complete the exam at any Prometric Testing Center.

All applications to the School of Dental Medicine are received through the Association of American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) administered by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Washington DC. Nearly all U.S. dental schools participate in AADSAS. One application completed with AADSAS can be directed to any of the participating schools.

Each year, the school receives approximately two thousand applications for admissions. Approximately three hundred are invited to the school to meet with members of the admissions committee, faculty and dental students. From those invited, a class of approximately eighty-nine is selected each year. In order to receive consideration for acceptance, an applicant should have a minimum overall GPA, and a minimum science GPA, of 3.0. DAT (Dental Admissions Test) scores should, at minimum, average 17 (scored on a 30-point scale). For students applying to the combined degree program, in order to enroll at the School of Dental Medicine, participants must maintain and overall GPA of 3.5 as well as GPA of 3.5 in all biology, chemistry, and physics courses in the undergraduate portion of the program. In addition, participants must complete the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) early in the third year of the program and earn required minimum scores. Application for the combined program is made through the School of Dental Medicine. Acceptance into the program requires an interview at the School of Dental Medicine prior to the freshman year of the undergraduate portion of the program. The preprofessional health advisor can provide further information.

Early Assurance Program with the UB School of Dental Medicine

Each year, well-qualified undergraduates may receive formal acceptance to UB's School of Dental Medicine after the second semester of their sophomore year. To qualify, students must possess a minimum GPA of 3.5 and complete specific science courses. Upon receipt of the baccalaureate degree, the dental phase begins. This is not an accelerated program. The preprofessional health advisors (108 Norton; 716-645-6013; see http://prehealth.buffalo.edu) can provide further information.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:43 EST