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SIU School of Dental Medicine

Doctor of Dental Medicine

SIU School of Dental Medicine Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find information about admission requirements?

Please visit our website.

Where can I find information about the application process?

Please visit our website.

Is there an application deadline?

Yes. Applications for admission may be submitted between June 1 of the year preceding matriculation and the following February 1. Applications must be received by AADSAS no later than February 1 in order for applicants to be considered for admission to the following year’s class. Early application is to the applicant’s advantage and is strongly encouraged.

What materials should I submit to the School of Dental Medicine when I apply to AADSAS?

A $20 application fee by personal check or money order payable to Southern Illinois University is required for the processing of your application. The Supplemental Application and Technical Standards form on our website under “application process” can be printed, filled out and returned to us with your application fee.

Is a bachelor’s degree required?

No, but it is recommended. You may apply to SIU/SDM as long as the prerequisites have been completed and you have the minimum 90 semester hours required, 120 semester hours preferred. Having a degree makes an applicant more competitive. All prerequisites and minimum requirements must be completed at a college or university in the United States or Canada.

What are the minimum GPA and DAT scores?

Because the Dental School has competitive admission, there are no fixed minimum GPA and DAT scores. Each application is evaluated in terms of their composite scholastic record, calculation of the required biology, chemistry and physic courses’ grade point average, quality of preprofessional education, performance on the Dental Admissions Test, recommendations, and other elements as may be determined by the Selection Committee.

What is the average class size?

Fifty 50 students entering each Year 1 class.

Do you accept out-of-state students?

Class size is limited at the SIU School of Dental Medicine. As a state-supported institution financed primarily by Illinois taxpayers, the School gives priority to admission of Illinois residents.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

Academic letters of recommendation are required by the Admissions Committee. The letters can be in one of the following forms:

  • One evaluation from a pre-dental or pre-professional committee,
  • Two letters from course instructors in biology, chemistry, physics, or English, and one additional letter from a course instructor of the applicants’ choosing.

Character references are not required, but are accepted.

How long will my DAT scores be valid?

The test must be taken within three years prior to actual matriculation.

When should I take the DAT?

An applicant would be ready to take the DAT after completing 8 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of general biology, general chemistry, and 8 semester hours or 6 quarter hours of organic chemistry. It is best to have scores at the time of applying or by October before the application year. Committee action will be held up until DAT scores arrive.

Does it matter which undergraduate school I attend?

You may attend any accredited undergraduate school of your choice. However, preparation for a dental education requires a strong background in chemistry and biology.

How do I know if I am missing items from my application?

AADSAS provides an applicant portal for applicants to check their status and missing items. The SIU School of Dental Medicine will update applicant information every week, and changes are posted every Friday.

Does SIU School of Dental Medicine accept course work from foreign institutions?

With the exception of Canada, no. Ninety semester hours or 120 quarter hours of required course work must be completed at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.

Do you provide a program for international dentists?

Yes. Please visit the International Advanced Placement Program (IAPP) program page for details.

What is the difference between a DDS and DMD degree?

There is no difference between the DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degrees; dentists who have a DMD or DDS have the same education. Universities can determine which degree is awarded. Both degrees use the same curriculum requirements set by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. Generally, three or more years of undergraduate education plus four years of dental school are required to graduate and become a general dentist. State licensing boards accept either degree as equivalent, and both degrees allow licensed individuals to practice the same scope of general dentistry. Additional post-graduate training is required to become a dental specialist, such as an orthodontist, periodontist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

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