Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites and Requirements.

Academic Requirements

All applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year high school.

By the end of the spring term preceding the fall in which they intend to enter the School of Dentistry, all applicants must have earned at least two years’ worth of credits from an accredited college of arts and sciences. This includes a required 64 semester hours (or 96 quarter hours) in academic courses exclusive of physical education and military science.

These 64 semester hours must include the following:

  • At least 6 semester hours each in biology, organic chemistry, physics and English
  • At least 8 semester hours in inorganic chemistry

Please note that the hours listed for each course should represent a full academic year of study.

  • We strongly encourage all applicants to allocate the remainder of their required 64 semester hours to some combination of the following subjects: comparative anatomy, economics, history, mathematics, modern languages, philosophy, psychology, social science, and/or speech.
  • All applicants should have earned at least a B average in their college courses. The Admissions Committee pays special attention to grades earned in the predental sciences.

The Dental Admission Test

All applicants must complete the Dental Admission Test (DAT) developed and administered by the American Dental Association (ADA), preferably no later than June of your final year of college. Please visit the ADA’s Dental Admission Test page for details. Please note that, to be considered for admission, an applicant must score at least a 17 in the Academic Average, Perceptual Ability and Total Sciences categories. If an applicant does not meet these DAT requirements, the applicant will need to retake the DAT. If the applicant does not retake the DAT, then the application will be rejected. Please note there is a three-month waiting period between test retake times.

Recommendation Letters

Through AADSAS, each applicant must submit either three letters of recommendation—two written by instructors in the sciences and one written by an instructor in a field other than the sciences (for example employer, spiritual leader, dentist)—or else one recommendation from their college’s recommending committee. Please note that, if your college has a recommending committee, we strongly encourage you to submit their recommendation instead of the three letters. All recommendations should testify to the applicant’s potential for success in the field of dentistry, as well as to his or her character.

Physical Requirements

All applicants must be able to perform, with reasonable accommodations, the physical and manual functions necessary to the practice of dentistry. Before matriculation, admitted applicants will be asked to submit a confidential health record to Student Health Services.

State Licensure Requirements

As an accredited dental school a conferred degree from Creighton’s School of Dentistry meets the dental degree requirement for licensure for all 50 US states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Since there is not a national dental licensure standard each state may have additional requirements that could include local or regional licensure exams and a written national board exam.