A PROGRAM FOR FUTURE DENTISTS

If you already know that you’re interested in a career in dentistry, Nova Southeastern University’s Dental Medicine Dual Admission program can help you meet the growing national need for skilled dentists.

With dual admission, your spot in NSU’s highly selective College of Dental Medicine will be saved as you earn your bachelor’s degree. That means more time focusing on making good grades—and good friends—and less on where you’re going to dental school.

 

NSU has great professors with practical experience in their fields. Having access to their training and top-notch facilities has given me a head start on dental school.

ARGENIS F. | BIOLOGY, PRE-DENTAL

 

Throughout the program, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice in real-world situations. Clinical rotations, research and service learning in our clinics and community outreach projects are all excellent ways to learn while making a difference.

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What Can You Do with a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree?

Everyone needs a dentist, and every dentist answers that calling. NSU’s D.M.D. program can help you join the field of dentistry as a caring, competent professional. You’ll cover the fundamentals and put theory into practice in a high-tech simulation laboratory and clinical rotations that serve highly vulnerable populations.

Our active alumni association can provide guidance about how to begin your career and where it can take you. The excellent postdoctoral programs at NSU offer opportunities for surgical and other specializations, as well as research to support the future of dentistry.

Doctor of Dental Medicine

Related Careers

  • Dentist
  • Dental researcher
  • Public policy advocate
  • Professor

 

Competencies

  • Fundamentals of patient care
  • Clinical practice of dentistry
  • Understanding of public health and primary care
  • Comprehensive knowledge of human biology and disease

Career Potential

7% Growth Job Outlook 2018–2028
$159,200 Median Pay 2019
155,000 Number of Jobs as of 2018

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Doctor of Dental Medicine is a seven-year or eight-year program.

The seven-year program is a combined program; students will follow a three-year prescribed course of study in the undergraduate major. Students will be awarded a bachelor's degree after successfully completing the first year of professional education at the College of Dental Medicine.

In the eight-year program, students complete the four-year undergraduate major and are awarded a bachelor's degree before starting the dental medicine program. Students in both programs will receive the D.M.D. degree after four years of training at the College of Dental Medicine.

Degrees Earned

You can earn any bachelor’s degree and your Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.).

Program Length

Earn both your bachelor’s and your doctorate in seven years (3+4) or eight years (4+4).

Interview Required

Students applying for dual admission must interview during Shark Preview Weekend, an exclusive admitted students event.

Deadline to Apply
Fall 2021 Admission: Feb. 1
Winter 2021 Admission: Not Permitted

ELIGIBILITY

To be considered for dual admission and fill your reserved seat in graduate or professional school, there are some requirements you must meet. Undergraduate Admission Requirements are for first-time and transfer students applying to earn a bachelor’s degree. Graduate Admission Requirements are the standards students need to maintain while earning their undergraduate degree to remain eligible for the graduate or professional program.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

GPA

3.5 Weighted GPA
in High School

ACT/SAT*

3+4: 30 Composite ACT
1360 Total SAT
4+4: 27 Composite ACT
1270 Total SAT

Years of...

Math: 3
Science: 3
English: 4

Courses

Biology** and Chemistry;
Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry

*While NSU has instituted a test-optional policy for the 2021-22 admission cycle, Dual Admission applicants must still submit official SAT or ACT scores. Learn more >
**Anatomy and Physiology, and Living Environment may be substituted for Biology.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Keep your dual admission status while you earn your bachelor’s.

Dual admission reserves your seat in NSU’s Doctor of Dental Medicine program, but you must still complete a graduate application once you finish your bachelor’s degree.

Keep in mind that these are the basic requirements, and final determination of admission into the professional program is at the discretion of the College of Dental Medicine.

 

Degree Required

You must complete a bachelor’s degree, including some science courses. Additional prerequisites may be communicated upon admission.

Required Test Scores

DAT: No less than a 20 for your science and academic average.

*All minimum test scores must be achieved on the same test attempt (no superscoring).

Undergraduate GPA

You must maintain a 3.4 cumulative and science GPA. You must also earn at least a C in each prerequisite course.

Credits Required

For the seven-year track, 90 major and general education credits must be completed. For the eight-year track, it’s 120 credits.

Transfer students are not eligible to apply to the Health and Medical Professions Dual Admission programs. Only students coming to NSU in the fall semester as first-time college freshman applicants are eligible to apply.

College credits that were earned through advanced high school programs such as AP, IB or college academy—or in summer coursework following high school graduation, prior to attending NSU—may transfer to NSU.

Students who enter NSU with earned college credits through advanced high school programs may be able to complete their degree and program requirements earlier than scheduled and request to enter their graduate professional programs earlier as well.  

Please contact your admissions representative for more details regarding high school transfer credits.

Please be advised that a student's initial course placement in mathematics, science or composition may impact the timing of the completion of all dual admission prerequisites and major courses, and could result in the need to take summer courses.

Calculation of cumulative and science GPA for the purpose of program eligibility for dual admission will not reflect the "grade forgiveness/repeated courses" policy; all grades for retaken courses will be included. The science GPA for dual admission purposes is composed of only those courses with BIOL, CHEM and PHYS prefixes.

Ready for the Next Step?

Here's how to apply.

Dual Admission is just one of NSU’s distinctive Premier Programs. These programs are designed to help highly motivated students accelerate their success, and most offer at least $19,000 in annual scholarships.


You can apply for just about any combination of the following Premier Programs:

• Dual Admission
• The Fischler Academy of Education
• Huizenga Business Innovation Academy
• Razor’s Edge Scholars

You may apply for and be admitted into only one Dual Admission program for your first semester. Each program is unique and has its own eligibility requirements.

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Apply for Undergraduate Admission

You can use the Shark Select Application or the Common App to apply to Nova Southeastern University.

Submit a Supplemental Application

Complete the supplemental Premier Program Application for Fall 2021 entry.

Interview During Shark Preview

If you’re admitted to NSU and submit the supplemental application, you will be invited via email to choose which Shark Preview Weekend works for your schedule.