All prerequisite courses and units must be completed by June of the year of you intend to enroll. However, we highly recommend that applicants complete prerequisite courses prior to filing their application or taking the Dental Admission Test.
- 1 year of General Biology with lab
- 1 year of General Chemistry with lab
- 1 year of Organic Chemistry with lab
- 1 year of General Physics with lab
- 1 semester or 2 quarters of Human Anatomy
- 1 semester or 2 quarters of Biochemistry
- 1 year of English
A minimum of 90 semester units, or the equivalent completed or in progress at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. (It is 30 of the 90 semester units must be completed at a four-year institution) are also needed upon application.
Applying to the Dental School
American Dental Education Association Application
The UNLV School of Dental Medicine participates in the American Dental Education Association's (ADEA) Application Service—AADSAS. For application and procedures, please refer to their website. The application deadline is January 1 of the year you intend to enroll.
Supplemental Application to the UNLV School of Dental Medicine
Upon submission of the AADSAS application, applicants should download the supplemental application. This application must be returned along with:
- A recent 2" x 2" color photograph
- $50 cashier's check, personal check or money order made payable to the "Board of Regents."
You should download the supplemental application and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure completion of application.
Dental Admissions Test Scores
All applicants applying to dental schools are required to take this test as part of the application process. The DAT is administered through the Prometric Testing Centers located throughout the United States. The Canadian DAT will no longer be accepted. For more information, please write or call the American Dental Association’s Division of Educational Measurements at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611, 800-232-1694.
We recommended that applicants take the DAT as soon as possible. If your application file is missing your DAT scores, the admissions committee will be unable to review your application for admittance. Scores prior to 2010 will not be considered.
Letters of Evaluation
A letter of evaluation from a college's pre-health professions committee will satisfy this requirement. If the school does not have a committee, an applicant must submit four individual letters of evaluation (at least 2 from science professors). A letter from a dentist for whom the applicant has worked or shadowed is required in both cases.
As part of the AADSAS application, transcripts must be submitted from all colleges and institutions attended. Prior to matriculation, accepted students must again submit official transcripts from all colleges and institutions attended to verify prerequisites and degrees.
After a preliminary review of the AADSAS and supplemental applications, eligible candidates will be extended an invitation for an interview. The Admissions Committee will make the final selection.
*Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
If English is not your native language and you have not attended an English-speaking institution for four or more years, you must demonstrate proficiency by scoring a minimum of 600 on the TOEFL exam. The TOEFL ID number for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is 4861. To obtain more information about the TOEFL, contact TOEFL/TSE, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151, www.toefl.org, 609-921-9000.
At this time we do not have a program for foreign-trained dentists. Those wishing to apply to the UNLV School of Dental Medicine must follow the same procedures as those applying from in-state or out-of-state.