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Application Process

The School of Dentistry participates in the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS).  Forms for making application for admission are available from the American Dental Education Association or electronically via the web at www.adea.org.  You may call AADSAS at 800-353-2237 or write them at AADSAS, 1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005 or download the application from the web site anytime after June 2, 2014. Application forms must be filed between June 3 and February 1 of the preceding academic year for entry the following fall.  Early application is strongly encourage to give the Admissions Committee more time to evaluate the applicants. All required credentials necessary to complete the application must be received by March 1, 2015. A complete application form after this deadline will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

 

The Creighton Dental Admissions Office will inform the applicant when their application has been received from AADSAS and processed by our Admissions Office. At that time the applicant will be informed about whether their application is complete.

 

After you complete your AADSAS application, you may send the following materials to our Admissions Office at any time. You do not have to receive any type of communication from us before these items are sent.

  1. A $60.00 non-refundable application service fee which should be sent directly to the Creighton Dental Admissions Office.  This can be in the form of a check or money order made payable to Creighton University.
  2. Supplementary application form. This can be printed from this website under Supplementary Application.  A photograph, such as a passport-type photograph, should be attached to the supplementary application where indicated.

 

All correspondence should be addressed to the Creighton Dental Admissions Office, with which all credentials must be filed. Application credentials should be directed to:

 

Creighton University School of Dentistry

Attn: Admissions Office

2500 California Plaza

Omaha, NE 68178

 

All credentials become the property of Creighton University upon submission and are not returnable.

 

Requirements for Admission

To meet legal requirements of state licensing boards and to gain the necessary background for the study of dentistry, the following minimum educational requirements for admission to the School of Dentistry must be fulfilled:

  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year high school.
  2. College credits covering a minimum of two years of study in an accredited college of arts and sciences. A minimum of 64 semester hours (96 quarter hours) must be obtained exclusive of credit in military science, physical education and non-academic courses. The 64 semester hours must include the following specific subjects and credits:
    • Biology-------6 semester hours
    • Chemistry, Inorganic-------8 semester hours
    • Chemistry, Organic-------6 semester hours
    • English-------6 semester hours
    • Physics-------6 semester hours

 

The hours listed are suggested as most nearly conforming to a year's work in most colleges. The governing principle shall be that the credit presented in each subject shall represent a full academic year in an accredited college of arts and sciences.

 

The required hours and subjects must be completed by the end of the spring term preceding the fall in which the applicant wishes to enter the School of Dentistry.

 

The following electives are suggested for the remainder of the required 64 semester hours: English, modern language, mathematics, history, social science, philosophy, speech, economics, comparative anatomy and psychology.

 

The applicant should have attained at least a "B" average for all college work undertaken. Grades achieved in predental sciences are given particular attention.

 

Dental Admission Tests

 

All applicants are required to take the Dental Admission Test prepared and administered by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association in cooperation with the American Dental Education Association. Applicants to Creighton School of Dentistry should arrange to take their tests preferably no later than August of their last predental year. When the test application process is completed, this computerized test is taken by appointment at a Prometric Testing Center. These testing centers are located throughout the country. You can find the center closest to you and find out how to make the arrangements to take your DAT by going to the website www.ada.org.  All applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 17 in the Overall Academic, Total Science and Perceptual sections of the DAT.  If the applicant does not meet the required minimum, they will need to retake the DAT.

 

Recommendations

 

Each applicant must have three recommendations submitted, two by instructors in science and one by an instructor in a non-science department, testifying to the applicant's character and apparent fitness for the profession of dentistry. If an applicant's college has a recommending committee, its recommendation is preferred to the three individual ones.

 

Physical Fitness

 

Applicants must be able to perform the physical and manual functions with or without reasonable accommodations necessary to the performance of dentistry. Before matriculation, accepted applicants are required to submit to the Student Health Services a Confidential Health Record.

 

Selection

 

Selection of all students is based upon both objective and subjective evaluation. Objective criteria including GPA, DAT scores and science grades are given primary consideration. Other factors that will be considered will include, but are not limited to: 1) evidence of predisposition to provide dental health care in underserved areas; 2) evidence of participation in worthwhile community activities; 3) recommendation from teachers, known alumni, and other members of the profession; 4) quality of preprofessional education program; 5) residence in states having educational compact agreements with the School; 6) evidence of good moral character, motivation and emotional and intellectual maturity; and 7) any other personal background information the applicant chooses to submit to assist the admissions committee in giving each application, holistic consideration (such personal background factors might include, but are not limited to: attributes one believes will enhance the campus community, public service, overcoming hardships or economic or educational disadvantages, first generation college student, having lived in a foreign country or spoken a language other than English at home or language fluency). This list is not exhaustive and none of these factors will be considered in isolation. Furthermore, no factor will result in the admission of an academically unqualified applicant.

 

Idaho Dental Education Program (IDEP) - Certified residents of Idaho can elect to take their first year of dentistry in their state of residency at Idaho State University and then complete their studies at Creighton.

 

Compact States Aid - A limited number of qualified applicants are accepted and receive partial tuition remission from the compact states of Idaho, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Residents of compact sites must contact respective state for residency certification.

 

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Enrollment Reservation Deposits

 

First Deposit.  A $500 enrollment reservation deposit is required of each prospective student within 30 days following the date of the letter from the Creighton Dental Admissions Office initially accepting the student for admission. The deposit is credited to the first semester's tuition. It is never returned unless the acceptance is canceled by the Committee on Admissions because the applicant failed to meet the conditions under which he/she was initially accepted.

 

Second Deposit.  A second $300 deposit is required of each prospective student within 14 days following the date of the letter from the Creighton Dental Admissions Office giving final acceptance to the student. This deposit is also credited to the first semester's tuition. If the accepted student fails to register, or withdraws from the School after registering, the first and second deposits are forfeited to the University.

 

Registration

Registration occurs on the date preceding the opening of classes in August as specified in the Calendar. Students failing to register on that day may not be enrolled. No regular student may enroll after the first week of instruction.

Dental Admissions Policy

 

It is the admission policy of Creighton University to accept qualified students within the limits of its resources and facilities. All applicants are considered for admission on the basis of their potential to successfully complete the predoctoral program without compromise of the established standards of academic and clinical performance expected of all graduates of the School of Dentistry and their potential to best serve the needs of society. The School of Dentistry believes a diverse student body enhances the educational opportunities for all members of the Creighton community and furthers the dental profession's goals of educating culturally competent professionals who can work successfully with all segments of the population and improve access to care for underserved populations. For these reasons, the School seeks a diverse student body.