The preparation program at WSU is among the most comprehensive in the nation and offers many opportunities for students. There are many ways to prepare for a career in dentistry and we are here to help you map out the path that is best for you.
We encourage students to meet with us at least once each semester. We advise and support students from all majors and continue to provide support to students after they complete their degree at Washington State University.
+Dental School Requirements
GPA: Varies, but most require a 3.5 or higher
DAT Scores: Average: 19-21
Letters of Evaluation: Up to four letters, 2 from science professors and 2 from dentists. Each should write about your integrity, judgement, ethics, reliability, personal communication skills, strengths and weaknesses.
Experience: Significant time spent shadowing general and specialty dentists. Experience in community service and in the dental field (optional). Evidence of leadership experience. Evidence of manual dexterity.Compassion: Evidence of honest, forthright concern and empathy for the sick, elderly, injured, or disabled.
Personal statement: Your opportunity to make a case as to why you are the best candidate. Incorporate why you want to be a dentist, steps you have taken to accomplish this goal (reflection), provide background information, explain special situations, and describe where you see yourself in the future.
The personal interview: Evaluation of students may include several 30-60 minute personal interviews used to assess the applicant’s maturity, motivation, communication skills, knowledge of the profession, and desire to contribute to society through dentistry.
+Dental School Prerequisite Courses
+ Helpful Links
The ADA is the oldest and largest professional society devoted to the field of dentistry. Notably, the ADA conducts the Dental Admission Test (DAT), and DAT scores are a central requirement of dental school applications. It is therefore no surprise that the ADA website has numerous resources that can prove extremely helpful in preparing for dental school.American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
The ADEA is the sole national organization representing academic dentistry. Its purposes are to determine and disseminate best practices for dental education and to provide its members with professional networking opportunities. ADEA is also highly interested in helping college students properly prepare themselves for a profession in dentistry.GoDental
GoDental guides students through the process of becoming a dental professional by providing helpful resources and networking opportunities to its members. GoDental gathers information directly from its sponsor, the ADEA, and its constituents in the dental education community. Members of GoDental will have the opportunity to interact with the rest of the dental community through a variety of on-line means.DAT home
- Applying for your DENTPIN and registration for the DAT
- DAT essential reading before you register for the test | pdf
- Applying for the test and testing resources
Dental schools and application services
- Links to dental schools that use AADSAS
- College Information Book
- Supplemental Information listing and timing for each school
- AADSAS Welcome
- Khan Academy
- DAT study tips
- Help, mentors, application updates, etc