Apply to the Dental Medicine, DMD Program

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree program is a four year program that educates and trains individuals as dentists who have not only the fundamental knowledge of the profession, but also the qualities and characteristics required of dentists as leaders of dental teams and members of community health teams.

Approximately 295 students are currently enrolled in the College of Dental Medicine’s four-year program leading to a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree. Before receiving their degrees, dental students must be able to recognize and assess disease as it affects the oral cavity and to appreciate the systemic effects of oral disease, to understand the effects of systemic and local therapy on oral health, and to treat or refer for treatment not only the disease but the patient as a whole. A dentist must be capable of preventing oral disease and maintaining and restoring oral health. A dentist must also be aware of his or her professional limitations, be motivated to seek the patient’s best interests, and have the self-confidence to ask others to participate in the treatment of patients.

Throughout their professional lives, dentists must add to their knowledge by evaluating their own observations and those of others, this ability having been engendered by a critical approach to learning and cultural competence.

Description

A course of didactic and clinical study leading to a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. For detailed information about the College of Dental Medicine, go to the Bulletin (academic catalog) or the College of Dental Medicine.

Requirements

1.     Prerequisites

Subject Semester Hours

General Chemistry 

The General Chemistry prerequisite requirement consists of general or introductory college-level Chemistry courses. Each science course must include the corresponding laboratory credit.

Organic Chemistry 

The Organic Chemistry prerequisite requirement consists of college-level Organic Chemistry courses. Each science course must include the corresponding laboratory credit.

Biology or Zoology 

The Biology prerequisite requirement consists of general or introductory college-level Biology or Zoology courses. Each science course must include the corresponding laboratory credit.

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Physics 

The Physics prerequisite requirement consists of general or introductory college-level Physics courses. Each science course must include the corresponding laboratory credit.

Science Electives 

The science elective prerequisite requirement consists of upper-level natural sciences courses. Each science course must include the corresponding laboratory credit. Examples: Microbiology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, etc.             

English 

The English prerequisite requirement consists of introductory college-level English courses. Examples: Reading and Composition, Rhetoric, Literature, etc.

Mathematics 

The Mathematics prerequisite requirement consists of college-level Math courses. Examples: College Algebra, Statistics, Calculus, etc. 

All prerequisite coursework must be taken at a regionally accredited US institution and may include coursework taken at a community or technical college and coursework offered in an online format. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by matriculation in June.

 2.     ADEA AADSAS application

 The following materials must be submitted through ADEA AADSAS. You do not need to have anything sent directly to MUSC.

  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

Strong preference is given to applicants who have, or will have                            completed, four years of college coursework and have earned a                          bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited US institution prior to                      matriculation. In extremely rare circumstances a minimum of three                      years of exemplary college work, including an exceptional science GPA              and DAT scores, may be considered.

  • Official DAT scores

Official US DAT scores must be less than five years old. Canadian                      DAT scores are not accepted. It is recommended that you take the                      DAT early to allow ample time for official scores to be received or                        retesting if necessary. 

  • Letters of Recommendation

   A minimum of three individual letters of recommendation or one                     confidential committee letter are required. It is recommended that                   letters of recommendation come from those most familiar with the                 applicant (i.e. faculty member, dentist, leader or mentor in volunteer               organization, etc.)

3.     Supplemental MUSC application

 *Please note that both applications are required before the application will be marked complete and reviewed by the admissions committee.

*Applicants that have applied in previous years must submit new AADSAS and MUSC applications and should update all application materials for each new admissions cycle.

 Application Process

Applicants must complete the AADSAS application and the MUSC Supplemental Application before application materials will be reviewed and the applicant will be considered for an interview. For more information about the College of Dental Medicine, please visit our website at Dental Medicine admissions webpage and take a virtual tour at https://dentistry.musc.edu/about/campus

If you are interested in applying to the Dental Medicine Scientist Training Program (DMD/PhD), more information may be found here.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana.  Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.  

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Summer 2022 Regular July 1, 2021 Dec 15, 2021