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Doctor of Dental Medicine

SIU School of Dental Medicine Programs

Admission Requirements

Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) Program

Predental counseling

Students should contact the predental advisers on their own campus to discuss their academic programs. They may also write or call the Dental School’s Office of Admissions and Records.

Predental Requirements

The following admission requirements will affect the review of applicants in the current admissions cycle. The following admission requirements also will affect the review of applicants in subsequent admissions cycles, but they are subject to change.

While the majority of accepted applicants have completed requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree prior to matriculation at the School of Dental Medicine, the absolute minimum prerequisite for admission to the School of Dental Medicine is successful completion of three academic years – 90 semester or 135 quarter hours – of undergraduate course work. This includes the specified subjects listed in the following table, at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. Credits are accepted from community and junior colleges, but it is recommended that most work be completed at a four-year institution. In addition to the stated prerequisites, preference will be given to applicants demonstrating exemplary academic performance in additional higher-level science courses while taking full academic loads. Science courses should not be survey courses or other such courses designed for non-science majors. Admission requirements are subject to change. Please contact the School of Dental Medicine directly for the most current admission requirements.

Required Courses Semester/Quarter Hours
* Inorganic Chemistry 8/12
* Organic Chemistry 8/12
* Biology 8/12
Biochemistry 3/6
Physics 6/9
English 6/9

*Science courses must include laboratory.

We strongly suggest selecting several additional higher-level courses, as cited in the following table.

Recommended Courses Semester/Quarter Hours
Anatomy 1 semester
Physiology 1 semester
Microbiology 1 semester
Cell and Molecular Biology 1 semester
Histology 1 semester
Immunology 1 semester
Genetics 1 semester
Neural Science/Neural Physiology 1 semester
Statistics 1 semester

A tentative acceptance may be extended subject to fulfillment of the specified requirements; however, all course requirements, as proposed by the applicant, must be met in full before admission is granted. All academic admission requirements must be completed by July 1 prior to the desired date of matriculation.


Admission to the SIU School of Dental Medicine is limited. As a state institution, established to provide dentists for the State of Illinois and supported by the taxpayers of Illinois, the School gives priority to admission of Illinois residents.

Policy on Diversity

SIU School of Dental Medicine is dedicated to serve a diverse community that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of each individual. Our goal is to foster tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members, while encouraging each individual to reach his or her potential.

For any admissions inquiries, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions by phone or via email

(618) 474‑7170

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