In preparation for dental school, a baccalaureate degree is highly recommended but not mandatory. A minimum equivalent to 96 semester or 144 quarter units of coursework from an accredited college must be completed prior to entrance. A four-year undergraduate curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree is highly recommended. A student having completed such a degree is given preference for admission to the dental program. You will be required to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT).
Upon acceptance into the School of Dentistry you will be required to buy a specific laptop. You will receive information on the computer and be directed to a web site where you must purchase the laptop. Any laptop not purchased at the web site will not be allowed onto the School of Dentistry network. For more information you may contact dental computing services at (909) 558-4674.
Non-US citizen and non-permanent resident financial policy:
Students applying for or holding F-1 U.S. Student Visas are required by U.S. immigration regulation to secure sufficient funds for their first year's tuition and fees (for 2009-2010 DDS, this is approximately $47,000) and provide documentary evidence of sufficient funds for their second year.
To satisfy this immigration requirement, LLUSD requires non-US citizens and non-US permanent residents to pay the first year’s tuition and fees before they can register for autumn quarter.
In order for a student to enter a professional dentistry program, the following college requirements must be completed (Please note: C- grades, or lower, are not acceptable):
Biology/Zoology** One academic year with laboratory experience.
English composition and literature**
General / Chemistry*
Science coursework must have been completed within five years prior to beginning the program.
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Principles of Management/Accounting
Dental hygiene (BS)
To be eligible for admission into the dental hygiene program, an applicant must complete a minimum of 96 quarter units (64 semester units) at an accredited college or university. The minimum admission subject requirements in quarter units are:
* Required courses
SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS
Natural Sciences - 20q/15s units (All courses must include the laboratory component)
*Introduction to chemistry, including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry. (One academic year)
*Mathematics (must be college level)
Science coursework must have been completed within five years prior to application.
Social Sciences - 12q/8s units
*Introduction to sociology
*Cultural diversity (cultural anthropology recommended)
SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE- 20q/14s units (Must include three areas)
Religion (required 4q/3s units per year of attendance at a Seventh-day Adventist college)
Cultural - 20q/14s units (Must include three areas of study)
History of civilization or western civilization
Fine arts (theory coursework)
Performing arts (Not to exceed 4 qtr. units)
COMMUNICATION SKILLS- 13q/9s units
*English composition and literature (One academic year)
*Speech, or interpersonal communication
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Personal health or nutrition, 3q/2s units
Physical education - 2 activity courses (units may vary)
To complete requirements of 96 quarter/64 semester units
Please note: C- grades, or lower, are not transferable for credit.
Application and admission
A student must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, and must meet college-entrance requirements. After successful completion of the required pre-entrance courses in an accredited college or university, admission to the Dental Hygiene Program is in the junior year. Applications and all other required documentation must be submitted between July 1 and February 1.
The dental hygiene applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:
NOTE: Loma Linda University requires all students who graduate with a baccalaureate degree to complete a minimum of 68 quarter units of general education, which is integrated into the entire undergraduate program.
Dental Hygiene Degree Completion (BSDH)
Formal application for admission to this program must be submitted by March 1 for the class beginning in September of each year. This deadline will have to be adjusted for the first accepted class. The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. Basic requirements and credentials for admission include:
Upon acceptance into the School of Dentistry, you will receive information on the computer specifications which will allow access to the School of Dentistry network. For more information you may contact dental computing services at 909-558-4674.
DDS/MS. A combined program leading to the Doctor of Dental Surgery and the Master of Science degrees is open to qualified students of dentistry. The student who is interested in establishing a broader professional base in science or who is looking toward a career in teaching or research may take an interim leave after the first professional year, register in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and fulfill professional degree requirements subsequent to or concurrent with completing coursework and research for the Master of Science degree.
DDS/PhD. The Biomedical Science Program provides opportunity for well-qualified and motivated students to make a joint approach to professional and graduate education and prepare for careers in clinical specialization, teaching, or investigation in health and disease in man. The student may enter a program cooperatively offered by the School of Dentistry and the Faculty of Graduate Studies and work toward the Doctor of Dental Surgery and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees concurrently. A minimum of six years is required to complete this joint-degree program. The student must have a baccalaureate degree and must have the approval of the Biomedical Advisory Committee.
The goal of the Careers in Dentistry Workshop is to give a positive view of the professional roles in oral health care, with emphasis in dentistry and dental hygiene. Participants enroll to learn about these roles and to have an opportunity to shadow a student as they practice as student dentists and dental hygienists. Please use the links below for more information.
Your application must be processed through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) prior to December 1. The AADSAS application is now on-line at www.adea.org or you contact:
AADSAS applications are accepted from June 1 to December 1. Early application is highly recommended; the first letters of acceptance are mailed beginning December 1.
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Your initial application is made directly to the School of Dentistry Admissions Office. Applications should be filed between July 1 and February 1. One class is admitted each year in the fall term. Early application is advised. For an application, write or call:
Office of admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Dentistry
Office of Admissions
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California 92350
(800) 422-4558 or (909) 558-4621
Prospective patients, please see our patient information page.