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.



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

The seven-year program (3+4) 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 (4+4), 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 student event.

Deadline to Apply

Fall Admission: February 1


To be considered for this dual admission program, there are some requirements you must meet. Undergraduate Admission Requirements are for first-time freshmen students applying to earn a bachelor’s degree. This dual admission program is ONLY for first-time in college students, although college credits earned through advanced high school program may apply ( see “transfer credits through high school section below”).

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


3.5 Weighted GPA
in High School


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


Biology*, Chemistry and
Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry

*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

For the 3+4 program, a degree is not required prior to transitioning to the graduate program. For the 4+4 program, you must complete a bachelor’s degree, including some science courses. Additional prerequisites for both 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.

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.

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.

Additional Requirements

Transfer students are not eligible to apply to this Health and Medical Professions Dual Admission program. 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. However, we strongly encourage students to take a majority of their specific science program pre-requisites at NSU to highlight their competency in these critical domains and maximize their long-term profile for future graduate/professional school candidacy.

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.

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.

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 Programs application for fall 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.