MSCD PRE-DENTAL INFORMATION
last updated July 2012
The Dental program leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Three or four years of college work are taken prior to the four years of work at the School of Dentistry. The classes at University of Colorado School of Dentistry are limited to about 50 students, of which most are Colorado residents. You must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours (not more than 60 hours lower division credit will be counted toward the 90 hours) or equivalent before the June that you plan to enter C.U. The majority of accepted students have completed at least 4 years of undergraduate work. You may, however, meet all requirements for a degree in any major of your interest. You are encouraged to explore the humanities and other areas of interest in order to broaden your educational base; you will not have another chance. Since dentistry is a mixture of science and contact with people, courses in social and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities are of great value. Of course, you must demonstrate competence in the required science courses (suggested "B" or better).
General Chemistry with lab - CHE 1800, 1810, 1850, 2 semesters
Organic Chemistry with lab - CHE 3100, 3110, 3120, 3130, 2 semesters
Biochemistry I - CHE 4310, no lab required, 1 semester
General Biology with lab - BIO 1080/90 and BIO 1081/91, 2 semesters
General Microbiology - BIO 2400, 1 semester
College Physics with lab - PHY 2010, 2020, 2030, 2040, 2 semesters
Math - MTH 1110, 1120-prerequisites for CHE & PHY, 2 semesters
English Composition - ENG 1010, 1 semester
NOT REQUIRED, BUT RECOMMENDED AS BIOLOGY ELECTIVES
Cell & Molecular Biology
Human Anatomy & Physiology I, II
BIO 2310, 2320, 3320
1. ADMISSION PROCEDURE:
You should apply to the dental program one year in advance of the date you actually anticipate beginning dental school. Application information may be requested by writing OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY, Mail Stop F-833, PO Box 6508, Aurora, CO 80045, (303)724-7122. Applications may be filed after June 1 of the year preceding admission and all requested material must be received by the ADEA on or before December 31st of the entering year. Early application is encouraged because acceptances begin in December. The ADEA is a national application service which enables applicants to simultaneously apply to a number of dental schools by submitting application information to a single agency.
ADEA at 1400 K Street, NW, Ste 1100, Washington, D.C. 20005, or call 1-800-353-2237.
Each applicant must complete the Dental Admissions Test and have the official results sent to the School of Dentistry (preferably by October 1 of application year). Applications to take the test may be obtained from:
211 E. CHICAGO AVE., SUITE 1846
CHICAGO ILLINOIS 60611-2678
The test is currently offered on computer through the Sylvan Learning Center. Once a DAT application is received by the Dept. of Testing Services and found acceptable, a notice will be sent to the candidate to schedule an appointment with the Sylvan Registration Center. The DAT can be scheduled on virtually any date. However, depending on the time of year, it may take up to four weeks to find an open date at a particular Sylvan Center. So, submit your DAT application well in advance of the date on which you wish to be tested. A candidate may take the DAT exam 4 times during their academic career. You should take the exam in the spring of your junior year. This ensures that the results are in to the dental school admissions officer in time. This also allows time for a repeat examination after 90 days, if applicants want to repeat the test to improve their scores. The DAT includes 1. Natural Sciences (general biology including some genetics, general chemistry, organic chemistry), 2. Reading Comprehension (ability to read, organize, analyze, and remember new information in dental and basic sciences), 3. Quantitative reasoning (algebraic equations, fractions, conversions, percentages, exponential notation, probability, statistics, geometry, trigonometry, math), and 4. Perceptual Ability (angle discrimination, form development, cubes, orthographic projections, apertures, and paper folding). For more information on the DAT, checkout http://www.review.com/ and http://www.studytips.org/
Each school which you have applied to through the ADEA will contact you and request additional information. They will require money, additional transcripts, and letters of recommendation. These letters of recommendation should be sent to the schools by early fall. University of Colorado requires 2 letters from science instructors and one from a non-science instructor. Schools that are interested in you will interview you. Check out this link, that has interview feedback from students applying to dental schools. It is very helpful. http://forums.studentdoctor.net/ The interview is an important part of the acceptance procedure and may count up to 40%. Selection criteria includes 1. Latest DAT scores, 2. Cumulative GPA, 3. Science GPA, 4. ADEA Application and letter, 5. Interview, 6. Letters of recommendation, 7. Application, 8. Experience in the dental area.
For more information about University of Colorado School of Dentistry, contact
University of Colorado School of Dentistry
Dental Admission and Student Affairs Office:
Mail Stop F-833
13065 E. 17 th Avenue
Aurora , CO 80045
MSU Denver Biology Pre-dental advisor: Dr. Baxendale, SI 2047, (303) 556-3213.
UC Denver Associate Dean of Admissions: Dr. Randy Kluender; (303) 724-7124;
UCHSC School of Dentistry website: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/dentalmedicine/ProgramsAdmissions/Pages/ProgramsAdmissions.aspx
American Dental Education Association: http://www.adea.org
American Dental Association: http://www.ada.org/