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Dentistry Admissions Requirements

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Thank you for your interest in joining the Creighton School of Dentistry community. Our application process is coordinated with the ADEA American Dental Education Association’s Application Service (ADEA AADSAS) online application service. We encourage you to apply as soon as the application service begins accepting applications. Please review the ADEA AADSAS Application Timeline.  Before completing your application, please learn more about our admissions requirements below. 

Creighton School of Dentistry Admissions

Admissions Dates and Deadlines

May 14, 2024: ADEA AADSAS application cycle opens. Create an ADEA AADSAS account and begin your ADEA AADSAS application.  

June 4, 2024: First day to submit your ADEA AADSAS application. 

June 10, 2024: First day to submit the Creighton SOD supplemental application.  Applicants who submit a verified ADEA AADSAS to Creighton will be invited to submit the supplemental application. 

September 2024 – November 2024: Fall Interview Season 

December 13, 2024: Fall acceptance notification date  

December 31, 2024: Creighton SOD – ADEA AADSAS application deadline 

January 6, 2025: Creighton SOD – ADEA AADSAS official document deadline 

January 6, 2025: Creighton SOD – Supplemental application deadline.  Completion of the supplemental application process includes the submission of the following: 

  • Supplemental application
  • Personal Photograph
  • $60 application fee

The admissions committee will not review any incomplete applications after this date.  

February 2025: Spring Interview Season (if needed) 

March 2025: Spring acceptance notifications (if needed)

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Dental Admissions Requirement Test

All applicants must complete the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) administered by the American Dental Association (ADA), preferably no later than June of your final year of college. Please visit the ADA’s Dental Admission Test website for details. 

For the 2024-2025 admissions cycle, DAT scores are valid only if completed from June 1, 2021, to December 31, 2024. 

Applicants are required to achieve scores at or above the Creighton SOD minimum of 17 in the following areas to qualify for admission: 

  • Academic Average
  • Total Science
  • Perceptual Ability

If an applicant does not meet these DAT requirements, the applicant will need to retake the DAT. If the applicant does not retake the DAT, then the application will be rejected. Please refer to the DAT webpage for additional information. 

Dental Shadowing Requirement

The Creighton University School of Dentistry requires a minimum of 65 hours of shadowing in the dental profession. The shadowing can be with a general dentist as well as specialists. 

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Creighton School of Dentistry Interviews

Interviews are mandatory for acceptance into the Creighton University School of Dentistry.  Interviews are by invitation only and consist of the following two required activities: 

  1. A virtual interview with a member of the admissions committee.  
  2. A mandatory in-person presentation at the Creighton University School of Dentistry.  During the presentation applicants will learn about the Office of Student Affairs (the student support system of the School of Dentistry), the curriculum (how Creighton educates students to become dentists), and complete a tour of the School of Dentistry.
  • All applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year high school.  
  • At time of application all applicants must have earned at least two years’ worth of credits from an accredited college of arts and sciences.  This includes a required 64 semester hours (or 96 quarter hours) in academic courses exclusive of physical education and military science.   
  • All applicants should have earned at least a B average in their college courses. The Admissions Committee pays special attention to grades earned in the predental sciences. 
  • Biology (General): 2 semesters including lab 
  • General Chemistry: 2 semesters including lab  
  • Organic Chemistry: 2 semesters including lab  
  • Physics: 2 semesters including lab  
  • English: 2 semesters (Certified Writing and/or Intensive Writing Courses are also accepted) 

The School of Dentistry has found that successful students have completed advanced level courses in anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, histology, and/or equivalent.  Additionally successful students have experiences that improved dexterity and perceptual ability including, but not limited to, fine arts, wood working, knitting, etc. 

Prerequisite Requirements: 

  • ALL prerequisite courses must be successfully completed prior to matriculation.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited institution within the United States or Canada.
  • All degree course work must be completed prior to matriculation.

It is highly recommended that prerequisite science courses are completed at a four-year institution.  Any prerequisite course completed at a community college must have been validated and accepted as an equivalent course by the accredited four-year institution from which you complete your bachelor’s and/or master’s degree. 

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits will be accepted, provided the credits are accepted by the undergraduate degree granting institution. Students who have earned AP or IB credits for prerequisite courses are encouraged to take additional, advanced level courses. 

Applicants are required to submit letters of recommendation to ADEA AADSAS.  Applicants must submit either three letters of recommendation—two written by instructors in the sciences and one written by an instructor and/or mentor in a field other than the sciences (for example employer, spiritual leader, dentist)—or else one recommendation from their college’s recommending committee. Please note, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a letter from their institution’s recommending committee if available.  All recommendations should testify to the applicant’s potential for success in the field of dentistry, as well as to his or her character. 

Accepted applicants to Creighton University School of Dentistry (SOD) must be able to demonstrate the ability to perform the skills and abilities specified in the SOD’s technical standards with or without reasonable accommodation consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Applicants must be able to perform the physical and intellectual functions and possess the communication skills necessary to the performance of dentistry. 

Candidates for the DDS degree will be assessed on a regular basis according to the academic standards and the technical standards of the SOD on their abilities to meet the requirements of the curriculum. 

It is the admissions policy of Creighton University to accept qualified students within the limits of its resources and facilities. All applicants are considered for admissions based on 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 Admissions Committee conducts a holistic review of the entire application. This includes the applicant’s score on the DAT, courses taken, leadership ability, shadowing and service activities – to name a few.

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 goal 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.

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