Admissions

Requirements:

Applicants will be considered for admission if they first meet one of the following categories:

  1. U.S. citizen

  2. Permanent resident in possession of their resident alien card at time of application

To be considered for the UCLA Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program, an applicant must:

  • Have graduated or been on track to graduate college prior to the start of the fall quarter

  • Have a cumulative GPA between 2.65 and 3.25.

  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background;

  • Demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations;

  • Submits a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation.

Prerequisites:

Eligible applicants must have completed a minimum of 75% of the required coursework with lab component (see Table #1), and 50% of required courses without lab component (see Table #2).

This will total approximately 28 semester units or 42 quarter units of college courses.

Required courses with 1-year of a laboratory component include: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.

Required courses with no laboratory component include: Biochemistry, English Composition, and Biochemistry.

Please note, we follow UCLA 4-year DDS Program admissions guidelines regarding limitations on accredited community college course work (only 70 semester or 105 quarter units will be accepted). Also, online classes for web-based education will not be accepted.

Course Requirements for Dental School by Semester/Quarter by Units

Table #1: Lab Component
(Post-baccalaureate requires 75% completion)

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

Table #2: Without Lab Component 
(Post-baccalaureate requires 50% completion)

Required courses with no laboratory component

Semester hours

Quarter hours

English Composition

6

8

Introductory Psychology

3

4

Biochemistry

3

4

Applicants are not required to have taken the Dental Admission Test (DAT).  However, if an applicant has taken the DAT, official score reports from the American Dental Association must be submitted along with your application. Please do NOT fax or email unofficial scores.