A Seventh-day Adventist Organization

Dentistry, DDS Program

The Office of Admissions at LLUSD is moving toward  a paperless process.  To assist us in this transition we ask that you submit documents electronically through the LLU supplemental application or through email.  Thank you!

The goal of the general dentistry program is to educate students to provide high–quality dental care that is preventive in purpose, comprehensive in scope, based on sound biological principles and focused on service.

Admission Requirements

  • Proficiency in verbal and written English is required
  • Dental Admission Test completed within 2 years of admission
  • A minimum of 50 hours of dental practice observation/shadowing
  • Three letters of reference including: Spiritual leader, science professor or pre–professional committee and employer
  • A formal interview (by invitation only)


A complete academic year of coursework is required in all subjects except Biochemistry.

  • General Biology with lab
  • General Chemistry with lab
  • Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Biochemistry–One semester or two quarters required (a full year recommended) Lab courses do not meet this requirement.
  • General Physics with lab
  • English Composition

Pre–requisites must be taken in the U.S or Canada.
Science coursework completed at a four year school is preferred.
A minimum of 96 semester or 144 quarter units are required from an accredited school.
A grade of “C” or higher is required to meet LLUSD requirements.
Science sequences must be completed within five (5) years of admission.
A science GPA of 3.3 or higher is recommended.
DAT scores of 19 or higher are recommended.
A Baccalaureate degree is preferred.

Recommended Courses

Recommended Science Courses Other Recommended Courses
(Listed in order of Priority)  
Histology  Small Business Management
Human Gross Anatomy Human Resource Management
Systems Physiology Ceramics
Microbiology Business & the Law
Cellular & Molecular Biology Accounting
Immunology Human Development
Neuroscience Marketing
Genetics Sculpture
Biochemistry II or III Interpersonal Communication

Transfer Agreements

These DDS transfer agreements are from common local and Seventh-day Adventist schools that students choose to attend for their prerequisite coursework. This is NOT a complete list of higher educational institutions from which we accept credits.  We only accept prerequisite courses from regionally accredited colleges and universities.  If your previous college is not listed you may contact us directly at admissions.sd@llu.edu or 909-558-4621.

Dental Admissions Test

All applicants must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT).
Preference is given to applicants who complete the test by October.
For DAT information contact the ADA at 312–440–2689 or www.ada.org

DAT Preparation Resources

DAT Destroyer: www.orgoman.com
Chad's Videos: www.coursesaver.com
Crack the DAT/PAT: www.crackdat.com
DAT Achiever: www.datachiever.com
Kaplan: www.kaplanmedical.com

How to Apply

Submit application to the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) between June 1 and December 1. For application, apply online at www.adea.org

After your AADSAS application is received by LLUSD, a supplemental application invitation will be emailed to you.

Based on the review of a completed supplementary application, DAT scores, transcripts, and recommendations, you may be invited to LLUSD for a personal interview.


Q: What is the minimum GPA that you require?
A: The minimum GPA is 2.7. To be a competitive applicant, a 3.3 or higher is preferred.

Q: What DAT scores are competitive?
A: To be competitive, scores of 19 or above in all areas are advised.

Q: If I have a sealed transcript will that be considered official?
A:  No. To be considered official, transcripts must be mailed from your institution to LLUSD.

Q: Do you accept Canadian DAT scores. 
A: Yes.

Q: Do you recommend dental assisting experience prior to submitting an application?
A: Yes.

Financial Aid

A financial aid advisor and financial aid programs are available. Please contact 909–558–4509 or email finaid@llu.edu. Website information can be located at www.llu.edu/ssweb/finaid.

International Students

Students applying for, or holding F–1 U.S. Student Visas are required by U.S. immigration regulation to secure sufficient funds for their first year’s tuition and fees (for 2009–2010 DDS, this is approximately $57,000) and provide documentary evidence of sufficient funds for their second year.

To satisfy this immigration requirement, LLUSD requires non–U.S. citizens and non–U.S. permanent residents to pay the first year’s tuition and fees before they register for autumn quarter.

Forms and Additional Information

Disclaimer: The School reserves the right to modify or change admission standards or requirements at any time without prior notice and effective immediately. The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and does not create any agreement or understanding or establish any rights or responsibilities whatsoever between LLU School of Dentistry and any student or prospective student.