Most dental schools now require a bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite for entering. Students may major in the field of their interest, but those weak in ACT/SAT scores should seriously consider majoring in a science area. Although a thorough background in the biological and physical sciences is essential to the study of dentistry, a broad educational background in the humanities is desirable. Upper division biology courses are recommended to prepare for the Dental Admissions Test and for the first two years of basic science courses in dental school.
Application to dental school should be made one year previous to the year for which admission is desired. Successful applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.40 in both science and non-science courses as well as satisfactory performance on the Dental Admissions Test. Early application is strongly encouraged. Information regarding the Dental Admission Testing Program may be obtained from the American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 69611 or on the web at www.ada.org.
The following courses must be included to meet the minimum requirements for admission to Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
*Waived if equivalent math was taken in high school with minimum grade of B.