Information for Students Interested in Dentistry

Prerequisite Courses for Dentistry

Requirement CSUSB Equivalent
1 year of Biology BIOL 200, 201, and 202
1 year of General Chemistry CHEM 215 and 216
1 year of Organic Chemistry CHEM 221 A&B, 222 A&B, and 223 A&B or CHEM 321, 322,& 323
1 year of Physics PHYS 121, 122, and 123 or PHYS 221, 222, and 223
1 year of English ENGL 101 and 110 or 111, expository writing (NCSI, SSCI, or ENGL) 306

The Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

The admission test required for entrance into dental school is the DAT. The DAT is one of the first tests to be computerized, which has some major advantages. The main one being that you can now take the test any time you want. You simple sign up to take the test and go in any day that you choose. You also receive your results the same day, no more of the dreaded waiting! To sign up for the DAT contact Sylvan Learning Center, located in Redlands, at 909.792.9669.

For more information visit the ADA DAT website (link opens in new window).

Application Process

Most dental schools use the primary application service American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS), which greatly reduces the time that you will spend filling out applications. The application van be submitted as early as June 1 every year. The individual schools have different deadlines, so be certain to send in the AADSAS application in plenty of time. (Information on AADSAS - link opens in new window). To request an application, you may contact AADSAS at (800) 353-AADS or check in the Biology Department Office in BI-305.

Dental Schools in California

University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry

University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry

University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

University of Southern California School of Dentistry

Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine

Other Useful Links

Student Doctor Network: pre-dental student forum