DDS Prerequisites


DOCTOR OF DENTAL SURGERY (DDS)  PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS:

ACADEMIC:

Although students of all majors and educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply for admittance to the Indiana University School of Dentistry ("IUSD"), the faculty of IUSD acknowledge that a strong foundation in Biology and Chemistry is essential to meeting the rigors of the curriculum. Under the new Curriculum Assessment Committee prerequisite guidelines, students are expected to take courses rigorous enough to prepare them for the IUSD curriculum. Final official transcripts should reflect that these prerequisite courses have been completed. The prerequisite courses must be completed prior to submission of the AADSAS application if possible; and, MUST be completed prior to matriculation. Applicants are encouraged to complete upper-level science courses at four-year institutions, for example, colleges or universities that grant Bachelor’s degrees. The DDS prerequisites are as follows:

Biological Sciences

Students must complete the equivalent of 20 credit hours (30 quarter hours) in the Biological Sciences. Only Biology courses intended for science majors, as determined by the applicant’s undergraduate institution, will count towards this prerequisite. The following courses are strongly recommended:

Chemistry

Students must complete the equivalent of 15 credit hours (22.5 quarter hours) in Chemistry. Only Chemistry courses intended for science majors, as determined by the applicant’s undergraduate institution, will   count towards this prerequisite. The following courses are strongly recommended:

  • Biology or Zoology (lecture and lab)
  • Human (or Mammalian or Comparative) Anatomy   and/or Histology (lecture and lab)
  • Human (or Mammalian or Cell) Physiology Lecture
  • Microbiology/Immunology
  • Cell Biology Lecture.
 
  • General Chemistry or Inorganic Chemistry   (lecture and lab)
  • Organic Chemistry (lecture and lab)
  • Biochemistry Lecture.

 

Physics

Students must complete 8 credit hours (12 quarter hours) of General   Physics (lecture and lab).

 

Social Sciences

Students must complete 3 credit hours (4.5 quarter hours) in the social sciences. Courses may include:

Humanities

Students must complete 3 credit hours (4.5 quarter hours) in the   humanities. Courses may include:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Communication studies
 
  • English composition
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Foreign language


ADDITIONAL COURSEWORK SPECIFICATIONS:

  • At least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) must be completed at a four-year college.
  • All prerequisites must have letter grades; no PASS/FAIL options are accepted.
  • A minimum of 90 credit hours (135 quarter hours) of coursework must be completed by the time of matriculation (June 30th).
  • All science courses (except biochemistry and physiology) must include laboratories.


MINIMUM SKILLS STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION AND RETENTION

The Admissions Committee has specified nonacademic criteria ("Minimum Skill Standards for Admission and Retention"), which all applicants are expected to meet in order to participate in the DDS Program and the study of Dentistry.

DENTISTRY SHADOWING

The Admissions Committee expects applicants to have completed a minimum of 40 hours of exposure to general practice dentistry in a private practice setting and significant and meaningful volunteerism, service and/or involvement in their communities or on their campuses.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

IUSD requires Criminal Background Checks from all applicants who receive conditional offers of admission to the DDS program.

LETTERS OF ACADEMIC RECOMMENDATION

Criteria:

IUSD REVIEWS ONLY ACADEMIC LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION. Letters from mentors (for example, dentists, co-workers, coaches) will NOT BE reviewed or considered. All letters of academic recommendation must be submitted directly to AADSAS (see below). IUSD requires three (3) letters of academic recommendation for the application to be complete. The letters of academic recommendation must be completed and submitted directly to AADSAS (see below) by the author as follows:

-the letters must be written by a professor under whom you studied in a college or university setting
-the letters must be submitted on the professor's official letterhead
-the letters must contain the professor's signature
-two (2) letters of academic recommendation MUST be from science professors
-one (1) letter of academic recommendation can be submitted from another academic area of study.

NOTE: Applicants may have professors submit three letters of academic recommendation in science for the three-letter requirement if preferred. Applicants are encouraged to notify professors that the letter of academic recommendation request will be arriving from AADSAS and, that the criteria must be followed or the letter will be rejected.

ADEA WebAdMIT AADSAS CAS Application

IUSD uses the WebAdMIT Central Application Service (AADSAS) to receive all application credentials, information and materials. Applicant personal statements, letters of academic recommendation and any other information must be submitted directly to AADSAS. Do not send application information or materials to IUSD. AADSAS verifies all transcripts; therefore, you must send all official transcripts from each college you attended directly to AADSAS. AADSAS will not forward your application to IUSD until all your transcripts are received and verified. The deadline for submitting your application to AADSAS is November 1st for each annual application cycle: NO EXCEPTIONS.

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IUPUI ONLINE GRADUATE eAPPLICATION

All professional dentistry students must complete the Graduate eApplication and pay the $60 application processing fee. Your AADSAS application will not be processed until the online Graduate eApplication is completed and the fee has been paid.

  • You may submit both the fee and online application at: http://graduate.iupui.edu/admissions/apply.shtml.  
  • ONLY COMPLETE ITEMS MARKED WITH AN ASTERISK “ * ” IN THE ONLINE GRADUATE eAPPLICATION.
  • Under Admissions, scroll to “How to Apply.” Click on “Begin your application for graduate or professional school at IUPUI.
  • Click on “Create new guest account.” Verify your new guest account per instructions.
  • Log in. Proceed with completing your application.
  • On the "Application Selection" page for "What are your academic intentions at IUPUI?," click on "To apply to a degree or graduate certificate program."
  • On the "Application Information" tab under "Intended Program and Plan":
    Click on “Dental School.”
    Click on “Dentistry Professional.”
    Click on “Dental Surgery DDS.”
    Under Term, select “Summer 2016.”
  • DO NOT MAKE A SELECTION UNDER “FEE WAIVER.”
  • DO NOT SUBMIT A PERSONAL STATEMENT ON THE ONLINE GRADUATE APPLICATION.
  • DO NOT UPLOAD ANY ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS TO THE ONLINE GRADUATE APPLICATION.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Indiana University School of Dentistry does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

While every effort is made to provide accurate and current information, Indiana University reserves the right to change without notice statements concerning rules, policies, fees, curricula, courses, or other matters.