The COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive and will continue to provide challenges for prospective applicants in the spring and summer of 2020. In light of the present reality, please consider the following information.
- The ADEA AADSAS (Associated American Dental School Application Service) will open as scheduled. Applicants can open an application on May 12 and begin submitting information on June 2. There will be a new optional question that will prompt you to share how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your preparation in applying for dental school.
- While we encourage early applications if possible, please stay safe and know that when you are able to apply, UNMC stands ready to holistically review your application.
- We are committed to being as flexible as possible during this application cycle and will take into account any disruptions that have occurred due to the pandemic, i.e. closing of testing centers, possible delays in acquiring transcripts and letters of recommendation, etc.
- For questions or concerns regarding UNMC's admissions policies and deadlines, contact us at: email@example.com.
- Please monitor the ADEA AADSAS website as things change daily.
Prometric Test Centers and the Dental Admission Test
- The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is considered to be an essential test, so while the Prometric Testing Centers are delaying the opening of most tests until May 31, the DAT will be administered starting on May 1, dependent upon respective state laws.
- In May and June, testing capacity will be limited to 50% to allow for proper social distancing. Half of all tests scheduled for May and June will be canceled.
- There is a possibility that this 50% capacity requirement will be extended into July and August.
AADSAS Submission Deadlines
- While the UNMC College of Dentistry requests an October 1 submission of the AADSAS application, this might not be possible for applicants this cycle.
- Please let us know if you are having issues submitting your application prior to October 1.
- UNMC continues to closely monitor the situation and will make adjustments to admissions deadlines if necessary.
If your institution has made a change in grading for 2020 spring and summer courses, you are not alone. Following is UNMC's policy on pass/fail credits:
- UNMC will accept pass/fail credits for 2020 spring and summer prerequisite courses. If necessary, consideration may be given for 2020 fall courses also.
- UNMC will not place a credit limit on pass/fail courses for 2020 spring and summer sessions. Realizing that some programs changed to a pass/fail grading system for 2020 spring courses, UNMC feels that applicants should not be placed at a disadvantage for circumstances over which they had no control. Should circumstances warrant, UNMC may reevaluate this policy.
- However, applicants are strongly encouraged to limit the number of courses that are taken on a pass/fail basis.
Please note that UNMC holistically reviews applications. Many factors besides grades, DAT scores and course loads are taken into consideration. In conversations with other dental admissions officers around the country, it appears most programs will be taking into account these unusual circumstances and be extending leniency in response to the pandemic.
We strive to recruit students with diverse backgrounds by promoting a culture of inclusion that embraces the richness of diversity and respects individuals for their cultures, contributions and points of view.
The UNMC College of Dentistry does not require a minimum grade point average or DAT score. All students considered for admission must be academically prepared. Students must possess intellectual capability and stability, social and perceptual skills, and physical capability to observe, communicate and perform motor skills adequately to satisfactorily complete the rigorous curriculum.
Important factors in selection include the following:
- Academic background - grade point average and science grade point average
- DAT scores
- Campus, community and dental career (shadowing) involvement
- State of residence - One of our missions is to develop Nebraska’s oral health workforce; however, 40% or more of our enrolled students come from across the country. View Nebraska residency requirements.
- Letters of evaluation are strongly encouraged. Evaluations of a student’s progress and potential by a predental adviser or committee are appreciated. Letters of evaluation are to be submitted through AADSAS.
For consideration for admission, students must complete 90 semester hours, and are strongly encouraged to complete a four-year degree program, prior to matriculation into dental school. Predental work may be completed at any accredited university, college or community college in the US or Canada.
English Composition, two semesters (6 hours)
Inorganic Chemistry with laboratory, two semesters (8 hours)
Organic Chemistry with laboratory, two semesters (8 hours)
Biology with laboratory, two semesters (8 hours)
Physics with laboratory, two semesters (8-10 hours)
Suggested elective courses: anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, comparative anatomy, embryology, genetics, histology, immunology, microbiology, physiology, psychology, scientific Greek or Latin, statistics.
Students are enrolled in the UNMC College of Dentistry each August. Candidates apply for admission approximately one year before they wish to be admitted to the college.
The early application deadline is October 1. Applicants are encouraged to apply in June, July or August.
|May or Earlier:||Take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) so that results are available prior to the early application deadline of October 1. The DAT can be taken through Prometric Test Centers.|
|June - September:||Apply by using the ADEA AADSAS (American Dental Education Association Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) online application.*|
|August - November:||Candidates under serious consideration will be invited to interview with the admissions committee during this time. Interviews are offered by invitation only.|
|December:||First round admission notifications are sent in early December.|
*Applicants should not wait for DAT scores, transcripts or other application materials before applying through AADSAS. Applicant files are updated as these materials are received. A processing fee of $60 is required by the College of Dentistry. A link and instructions to pay the fee online will be emailed to you following the submission of your application.