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DDS Dental Surgery

 Course Level
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

293300 USD
293300 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
College of Dental Medicine
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315
GMAT (avg)715

World University Ranking

About this course

The four-year DDS program at the College of Dental Medicine is rigorous and heavily biomedical. In their first 18 months, dental students follow a curriculum which is nearly identical to that of our affiliated medical school, the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Students make an early connection between oral health and general health and cultivate the intellectual, ethical, and interpersonal skills that are critical for all members of a healthcare team. An outstanding clinical education and countless opportunities for research and community service prepare our students for leadership careers in oral health.

Students begin their course of study alongside medical students with four challenging biomedical foundation courses taught primarily by medical school faculty. Dental correlations are provided through small group sessions and case-based and team-based learning approaches. Clinical clerkships, beginning in the second semester, encourage students to apply what they are learning in both the biomedical courses and behavioral science courses, sharpening skills such as patient history and diagnosis, wellness counseling, nutritional assessment, and counseling in cases of addictive behavior.

The clinical phase of the curriculum follows the comprehensive dental care model, in which students provide complete general dental care to a panel of patients under the guidance of their faculty mentors. These two years focus on demonstration of clinical skills and the ability to bring to completion the care of the assigned patients.

Students at the College of Dental Medicine are encouraged to participate in research and community service as part of their dental education. There are many opportunities for students to pursue their interests in these areas. There are also opportunities to participate in global health initiatives and foreign academic partnerships throughout their enrollment.

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Eligibility Criteria


All students applying to the College of Dental Medicine must have a Bachelor's degree from a US accredited college or Canadian institution. Additional requirements include:

  • 6 credits, or the equivalent of one academic year of study, of coursework in English composition or literature or a writing intensive class in a non-English department
  • 6 credits in mathematics
  • A minimum of 8 credits, or the equivalent of one academic year of study, in each the following subject areas (including lab):
  • 1 year of physics
  • 1 year of biology
  • 1 year of inorganic or general chemistry
  • 1 year of organic chemistry
  • 1 semester of biochemistry (no lab required)

We also strongly recommend that students have university-level credits in:

  • Sociology
  • History
  • Fine or industrial arts
  • One or more foreign languages

The College of Dental Medicine accepts students with a wide variety of majors. Applicants who major in non-science fields are required to take all of the prerequisite courses; all applicants are encouraged to take upper-level science courses as time and interests permit.

There is no minimum GPA requirement: however 3.0 and above is desirable.

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Course Modules

  • Cariology and Restorative Sciences
  • Growth and Development
  • Hospital Dentistry
  • Oral, Diagnostic, and Rehabilitative Sciences
  • Population Oral Health

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How to Apply

Required Documents


The following documents must be submitted to AADSAS along with your application:

  • Dental Admission Test (DAT) Scores: All applicants must take the Dental Admission Test to be considered for admission. Official results should be reported via AADSAS; unofficial copies will not be accepted as part of the application.
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation from science professors or one composite letter from a pre-health committee must be submitted directly to AADSAS. Additional letters of recommendation from employers or non-science professors will be accepted, but will not satisfy the requirement. If you've uploaded the maximum amount of letters to AADSAS already, please send letters directly to us.
  • Official Transcripts: Candidates should contact all former academic institution(s) to obtain official copies of academic records, which must be sent directly to AADSAS application service.
  • Supplemental application fee, see below for submitting payment via credit card.

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