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Dentistry Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites and Requirements

Academic Requirements

All applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year high school.

By the end of the spring term preceding the fall in which they intend to enter the School of Dentistry, 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.

Please note that the hours listed for each course should represent a full academic year of study.

  • 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.

It is recommended that applicants complete coursework in a series of other upper level courses including Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Immunology, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, and Histology.

All applicants must complete the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) developed and 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 page for details.

For the 2022-2023 admissions cycle, DAT scores are valid only if completed after June 1, 2019.

Please note the following – To be considered for Admissions, an applicant MUST score at least a 17 in the following areas:

  • 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 be aware that there is a three-month waiting period between test retake times.

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.

All applicants must be able to perform, with reasonable accommodations, the physical and manual functions necessary to the practice of dentistry. Before matriculation, admitted applicants will be asked to submit a confidential health record to Student Health Services.

Biology (General): 2 semesters including lab (typically 6-8 credit hours or 3 quarters)
Inorganic Chemistry: 2 semesters including lab (typically 6-8 credit hours or 3 quarters)
Organic Chemistry: 2 semesters including lab (typically 6-8 credit hours or 3 quarters)
Physics: 2 semesters including lab (typically 6-8 credit hours or 3 quarters)
English: 2 semesters

Please note the following –

  1. Community College coursework is not accepted for the prerequisite science courses EXCEPT Physics.
  2. Advanced Placement credit is NOT accepted for the prerequisites EXCEPT Physics and English – applicants who have received credit or placed out of prerequisite courses because of AP credits must either retake the courses or take upper level coursework in the specific discipline in which they have the AP credits.
  3. ALL prerequisites must be completed by the time of matriculation or you will lose your seat in the class.
  4. ALL prerequisites must be taken in class with the exception of the Spring and Fall of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. These prerequisites MUST be completed at an accredited institution within the United States or Canada.

Through AADSAS, each applicant must submit either three letters of recommendation—two written by instructors in the sciences and one written by an instructor 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 that, if your college has a recommending committee, we strongly encourage you to submit their recommendation instead of the three letters. All recommendations should testify to the applicant’s potential for success in the field of dentistry, as well as to his or her character.