How to Apply (D.D.S.)

The training that leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree is a combination of didactic (theoretical) and applied coursework together with a progressive experience in patient treatment in a clinical environment. The four-year DDS program is widely know as one of the top leaders in pre-clinical and clinical education.

Requirements

Basic Admission Requirements

    • A minimum of 90 semester hours of course work from any accredited college or university.
    • A minimum of 75 semester hours of course work prior to application .
    • A minimum grade point average of 2.50 for all college level work attempted.
    • In good standing with the college or university last attended or in which currently enrolled.

In recent years, most, if not all, of the entering class has earned a considerably higher grade point average and the vast majority has completed a Bachelors Degree or an equivalent number of credits.


Prerequisites

Course

Credits (semester/quarter)

Biology (with 1 lab)

16/24

Chemistry, inorganic/general (with 1 lab)

8/12

Chemistry, organic (with 1 lab)

8/12

Biochemistry

3/5

Physics (with 1 lab)

8/12

General Psychology

3/5

English (composition or writing intensive)

5/10

 

Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

All applicants are required to provide score results from the DAT. The DAT is administered through the American Dental Association and complete information on the examination is available at ADA.org. If taken multiple times, the College of Dentistry considers the DAT with the highest score (academic average). The average academic average for the enter class in the recent years has been 19.


Observation Hours

Applicants must complete at least 100 hours of observation in a dental practice setting and/or dental laboratory. The majority of shadowing in  a dental practice setting should be done with a general dentist. 


Application Materials and Process

Application Materials

Step 1: Submit to AADSAS

The following items are submitted to AADSAS according to their instructions:

 

  • AADSAS Dental School Application - The 2018 AADSAS Dental School Application is available beginning June 1st.
  • Official Transcript(s) - Official transcripts from each college or university attended showing all coursework attempted and completed.
     
  • Letters of Recommendation (All letters must be on letterhead)

1. A letter from a dentist.

2. A recommendation uploaded directly from your institution's Pre-professional Advisory Committee is preferred. In lieu of a committee recommendation, two letters of recommendation from science instructors are acceptable.

Step 2: Submit to OU College of Dentistry

 

*If you have any updates to observation hours or changes in your contact information, please email Heidi Martin in our Admissions office.

International Students

Any persons (applicants) born outside the U.S., this may include U.S. Territories and/or where English is considered a second language, may be required to provide additional information with their application:

 

  • Acceptable TOEFL scores are required of all applicants from countries where English is the second language. This requirement pertains to any person born outside the United States and includes Permanent Residents of the U.S. (green card holders) and Naturalized U.S. Citizens. The College of Dentistry may waive TOEFL scores if the applicant provides evidence of a diploma from an English-speaking high school or a bachelors degree from a U.S. institution. An official score report must be received by OUHSC Admissions and Records directly from Educational Testing Service.

The minimum test scores for applicants to the Doctor of Dental Surgery program are as follows:

Paper Based TOEFL: 587

Computer Based TOEFL: 240

Internet Based TOEFL: 88

 

  • Transcript Evaluations by World Education Services (WES)

All applicants with foreign credentials are required to submit official documents to WES for a course-by-course evaluation.

 

More information regarding International admission is available at OUHSC Admissions and then clicking on "Prospective Students." 

Application Process

Interviews

Applicants with strong credentials and competitive applications are invited for a personal interview with individual members of the Admissions Committee. In addition to academic achievement, interviewers look for motivation, character, interpersonal and communication skills, maturity, service ethic, evidence of manual dexterity, and knowledge of the dental profession. Interviews begin in the early Fall. The full Admissions Committee meets in November to consider applicants who have been interviewed and to make initial selections for the entering class.


Admissions Decision

Each applicant who submits a completed application may expect a response when a final admission decision is made, but not before 
Dec. 1. Applicants are to check their OU Supplemental Application for a decision letter.

Successsful applicants are asked to submit an advanced tuition deposit in order to reserve a position in the class and will receive a separate email with information to set up the OUHSC email account. Alternates are notified that they have been placed on a waiting list to be selected, should an opening in the class become available.


Admitted Students

Class Size

A class of not more than 54 students begins each year. The summer semester for the entering class begins mid-June of each year. The learning experience is formatted around a cohort model in which students in each entering class progress through the entire program together. 

 

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Orientation and the start of classes for new students take place mid-June. The four-year curriculum begins with foundational studies in biomedical and dental sciences, progresses to applied laboratory and simulated patient experiences, and culminates with clinical training and comprehensive patient care. Completion of the prescribed program leads to a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. Significant opportunities for treating patients is a hallmark of the student's training at the College of Dentistry and promotes the formation of strong clinical skills and development of excellent practitioners. 

In addition to completing the curriculum required by the College fo Dentistry, students must also pass regional and national examinations administered by organized dentistry in order to receive a degree and become licensed to practice. 


 

Contact

Heidi Martin
Student Program Coordinator 
College of Dentistry Office of Admissions & Student Affairs 
1201 N. Stonewall, RM-513 Oklahoma City, OK 73117 
Phone (405) 271-3530 
E-mail: COD-Admissions@ouhsc.edu
 

Accreditation

The OU College of Dentistry is one of approximately 65 programs in the United States and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Commission on the Institutions of Higher Education, and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.