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The doctorate of dental science, D.D.S., is awarded at 59 dental schools in the United States. Click on any of the links below to find out more information on course requirements, the application process and various dentistry organizations/associations.
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Dental Admissions Testing Program (DAT)    
Dental Schools in the U.S.    

Application Information   
Advice on Getting in to Dental School Pre-Dental Manual
AADSAS
Dental Admissions Testing Program (DAT)
American Dental Education Association Pre-Dental Manual

Application process    

AADSAS (Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) is the official application service for 54 of 59 dental schools. The participating dental schools can be found here. The other dental schools require direct application.

Deadlines for applications vary by school, ranging from September to May 1.

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Dentistry Organizations/Associations    
American Dental Association
American Dental Education Association
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

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Important deadlines    

DAT
Exam Date                 Registration Deadline
Early April                           February
October                               August

AADSAS application deadline
Deadlines vary by schools, ranging from September to March 1. 

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Student Resources   
Dental Student Resources
American Student Dental Association

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Undergraduate course requirements    

Major- Choose a major in an area that interests you. You do not have to be a science major to go to dental school. However, you must complete certain course requirements. Most dental schools require the same courses as medical schools, listed below:

1 year of physics with lab
1 year of general chemistry with lab
1 year of organic chemistry with lab
1 year of biology with lab
1 year of english

Requirements do vary between schools. Be sure to check with the individual dental schools as to their specific requirements.

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Dental Schools in the U.S.    

ARIZONA
Arizona School of Dentistry

CALIFORNIA
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry
University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry
University of Southern California School of Dentistry
University of the Pacific School of Dentistry

COLORADO
University of Colorado School of Dentistry

CONNECTICUT
The University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Howard University

FLORIDA
NOVA Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
University of Florida College of Dentistry

GEORGIA
Medical College of Georgia, School of Dentistry

ILLINOIS
Northwestern University Dental School
University of Illinois School of Dentistry
Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine

INDIANA
Indiana University School of Dentistry

IOWA
University of Iowa School of Dentistry

KENTUCKY
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
University of Louisville School of Dentistry

LOUISIANA
Louisiana State University, School of Dentistry

MARYLAND
The National Naval Dental School
University of Maryland School of Dentistry 

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

MICHIGAN
University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry
University of Michigan School of Dentistry

MINNESOTA
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

MISSISSIPPI
University of Mississippi School of Dentistry

MISSOURI
University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of Dentistry

NEBRASKA
Creighton University School of Dentistry

NEW JERSEY
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

NEW YORK
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center School of Dental and Oral Surgery
Long Island College Hospital, Department of Dentistry
New York University College of Dentistry
School of Dental Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook
University at Buffalo School of Dentistry
University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

NORTH CAROLINA
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry

OHIO
Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry
Ohio State University, School of Dentistry

OKLAHOMA
University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry

OREGON
Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry

PENNSYLVANIA
Temple University School of Dentistry
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

PUERTO RICO
University of Puerto Rico, School of Dentistry

SOUTH CAROLINA
Medical University of South Carolina

TENNESSEE
Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
University of Tennessee College of Dentistry

TEXAS
Baylor College of Dentistry
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
University of Texas - Houston Dental Branch

VIRGINIA
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry

WASHINGTON
University of Washington School of Dentistry

WASHINGTON D.C.
Howard University

WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia University School of Dentistry

WISCONSIN
Marquette University School of Dentistry

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