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, or 1 full year or three quarters of Anatomy and Physiology
- 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
In addition to the AADSAS application, applicants should submit the UNLV SDM supplemental application along with the $75 processing fee. The supplemental application is a required component that along with your AADSAS application will complete your file and allow your application to enter the UNLV SDM Admissions Committee review process. You must also complete the registration pages located on the UNLV Graduate College website. First time users should click “New User” below the login icon. Users will be prompted to enter an email address and password.
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. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum scores are as follows:
- Paper-Based (PBT) Minimum Score: 550
- Computer-Based Minimum Score: 213
- Internet-Based (iBT) Minimum Score: 80
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, 609-921-9000.
UNLV School of Dental Medicine offers a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, which is a two-year (6-semester) fast-track program for dentists who graduated from non-U.S. accredited dental schools. It enables dentists who were trained in non-U.S. accredited institutions to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to practice in the United States. Additional information can be found on the DDS admissions section.