Doctor of Dental Surgery

Application Deadline: November 1, 2020

The School of Dentistry is a participant in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). The AADSAS application can be accessed on the ADEA website at the above link. Precise instructions are given on the website to guide applicants through the application process.

If you have specific questions regarding West Virginia University's application procedures and requirements, please call the Office of Dental Admissions at (304) 293-6646 or e-mail your questions to dentaladmit@hsc.wvu.edu.

1 Qualifications

Applicants must complete at least 3 years college course work in a U.S. or Canadian college or university. To be considered, applicants must provide documentation certifying completion of a minimum of 90 semester credit hours at the time of application.

  • English Composition & Rhetoric-6 hours
  • Biology or Zoology (with Lab)-8 hours
  • Inorganic Chemistry (with Lab)-8 hours
  • Organic Chemistry (with Lab)-8 hours
  • Physics (with Lab)-8 hours
  • Anatomy (Comparative or Human)-3 hours
  • Biochemistry-3 hours

These are firm requirements regardless of undergraduate or graduate preparation.

Additional recommended coursework:

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Embryology/Developmental Biology
  • Genetics
  • Psychology

No more than 64 hours of community college credit will be accepted toward course requirements. 

No online courses will be accepted toward the prerequisite coursework.

Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

Potential applicants are required to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and submit official scores by November 1st of the year prior to expected enrollment (example: DAT in September 2020, Enrollment August 2021). Scores are only valid three years from test date. The DAT can be taken up to three times and all score reports are released to the school. To schedule the DAT and register for the DentPIN contact:

American Dental Association DAT Program
Department of Testing Services
1-800-232-1694

Letters of Recommendation

Science and Non-science majors

  • Pre-Health Professions Committee (if available)
    OR
  • Science majors should obtain the following recommendation letters:
    A letter should be obtained from instructors in each of the required sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics

  • Non-science majors should obtain:
    Recommendations from 2 instructors within the major
    One recommendation from an instructor in one of the required sciences

Experience

  • Observation or employment in a series of diverse dental settings
  • Participation in pre-dental organizations
  • Community Service
  • Manual dexterity
  • Life experiences
  • Research
  • Other (such as leadership or military service)

Additional information is available on the Dental Admissions Frequently Asked Questions section.

2 Apply to the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)

Applications must be submitted electronically via the AADSAS. Precise instructions are given on the American Dental Education Association website to guide applicants through the application process. From the opening screen, select Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS).

The AADSAS application becomes available in mid-May each year. The deadline for submission of the completed AADSAS application is November 1st. It is advantageous to submit your application as early as possible. The committee begins notifying applicants of admission to the class December 1st. 

Remember to check the requirements for each dental school to which you are applying as they vary from school to school.

3 Interview

Applicants who are residents of West Virginia are usually granted an interview, although the Admissions Committee may elect not to interview an unrealistic applicant. Select non-resident applicants will also be invited for an interview, depending on their academic qualifications. Interviews generally begin in September of each year. 

Members of the Admissions Committee, aided by the Dental Admissions office staff, participate in this effort. Applicants who are invited to interview participate in a group introduction, take part in a guided tour of the School, meet with dental students, complete a brief writing exercise, participate in an interactive question/answer session, and have a personal interview with two or more admissions committee members. 

4 Acceptance

Applicants are notified of admissions decisions beginning December 1st.
Admitted students complete specific pre-matriculation requirements such as

  • criminal background check
  • immunizations
  • submit official transcripts of all course work as specified in their admission letter.

Technical Standards Policy

Information on Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Disease

5 Orientation

The new student orientation program is generally three days and occurs in the week immediately prior to the first day of classes.

Need Help Applying?

If you have specific questions regarding our application procedures and requirements, please call the Office of Dental Admissions at (304) 293-6646 or e-mail your questions to dentaladmit@hsc.wvu.edu.