Pre-requisites & Requirements for Admission

In order to be considered for the 4-year DDS program at the UCLA School of Dentistry, all applicants must have at least three years of coursework with the majority of applicants having four years of coursework. Likewise, applicants must have at least 90 semester units or 135 quarter units.

* Limitations on accredited community college course work - 
   (Only 70 semester or 105 quarter units will be accepted.)
** Online classes for web-based education are not accepted.
*** All required courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Required courses with 1-year of a laboratory component (2 sem./3 qtr.)

Semester Hours

Quarter Hours

Inorganic/General Chemistry

8

12

Organic Chemistry

6

8

Physics

8

12

Biology

8

12

 

Required courses with no laboratory component

Semester hours

Quarter hours

English Composition

6

8

Introductory Psychology

3

4

Biochemistry

3

4

 

All required courses must be completed no later than June 30th of the year you are seeking admission for.

Other recommended courses that will be considered in an application are histology, physiology, human or comparative anatomy, social sciences, microbiology, communication, business, composition, technical writing, fine arts, philosophy, engineering and classics.

Applicants must take their Dental Admission Test (DAT) no later than December 31 and within a 3-year period, including the current year applying. Canadian DATs are not accepted. Official score reports from the American Dental Association will be imported through the AADSAS application. Please do NOT fax or email unofficial score reports to the office.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The School of Dentistry adheres to and supports the UCLA non-discrimination policy related to admissions. Click here for full policy details.

http://catalog.registrar.ucla.edu/ucla-cat2016-843.html

International students who are eligible for a student visa must meet the regular requirements for admission to the School of Dentistry and complete all pre-dental pre-requisites at an accredited U.S. college or university.

It should be noted that financial aid is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents so international applicants should not apply unless they have adequate funding for their educational and living expenses. The School participates in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).