Prospective Students

Before you Apply

There are some very important things you’ll need to do well in advance of the application process.

1. Complete the Pre-Requisite Courses

To be eligible to apply to Ohio State’s DDS program, you must complete 9 of the 13 prerequisite courses prior to submitting your application. If you are accepted, all prerequisite courses must be complete before the start of classes. You must receive a grade of a C or better in all prerequisite courses for the course to be counted as complete.

Note: These prerequisites must be completed at an accredited, educational, English-speaking institution within the United States or Canada.

If you are unsure whether a course at a specific school is equivalent to the course offered by Ohio State, you can utilize the following tools: 

  • First, check the Course Evaluation Website: This website contains equivalencies for numerous Ohio schools.
  • If you cannot find the course on the Course Evaluation Website, then you will want to visit Transferology.
  • If you cannot find the course on either the CE website or Transferology, you will need to request an evaluation of your course. The Program Prerequisite Evaluation Form. Each prospective applicant may request one evaluation for one professional program. Please allow one month for processing. If you have already applied, please don't use this form. Instead, contact the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office to find out the result of our evaluation of your course work.

If you are taking an Anatomy and Physiology "combo" course, you must complete both sections/semesters of the course to satisfy both the Anatomy and Physiology requirements.

Ohio State’s course numbers for the prerequisite classes are listed below.

Ohio State Required Course Numbers

  • Anatomy 2300 or 3300 or EEOB 2510
  • Physiology 3200 or EEOB 2520 or PHR 3100
  • Biochemistry 4511
  • Biology 1113 & 1114
  • Chemistry 1210 & 1220
  • Organic Chemistry 2510 & 2520
  • English/Comp 1110.01
  • Second Writing Course
  • Microbiology 4000
  • Physics 1200

*Labs: If a lab is required as part of the specific course number, then the lab IS required. If the lab is listed as a separate course number, it is NOT required.

2. Set High Academic Standards for Yourself

As you take courses and prepare for the Dental Admissions Test, you should set competitive goals:

  • Total GPA: 3.6
  • ​Science GPA: 3.5
  • DAT AA: 20
  • DAT PAT: 20

3. Meet the Minimum GPA & DAT Requirements

A candidate must meet certain minimum criteria. A student's application will not be reviewed unless it meets the minimum standards.

  • Total GPA Minimum: 3.0
  • Science GPA Minimum: 3.0
  • DAT AA Minimum: 17
  • DAT PAT Minimum: 17
  • DAT TS Minimum: 17
  • Minimum of 60 semester (90 quarter) hours completed at an accredited institution

Minimum GPA Exceptions: Candidates that do not meet the minimum GPA requirements but have a completed an advanced degree with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA or have a minimum GPA of a 3.5 in their last 45 hours of coursework may be considered for an interview.

Class of 2020 Average Statistics

  • Total GPA: 3.6

  • Science GPA: 3.49

  • DAT AA: 20.3

  • DAT PAT: 21.2

  • DAT TS: 19.9

4. Take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

You must take the American Dental Admissions Test (DAT) before your application can be considered complete. Registration and preparation can be found on the ADA's DAT website.

Note: We do not accept the Canadian DAT.

5. Complete a Minimum of 40 Observation Hours

Prior to applying, every candidate must complete a minimum of 40 hours of dental experience. However, the average number of hours for students that are admitted is about 120. It is important to diversify your experiences (typically 120 hours is completed with 5 or 6 practitioners). Dental experience is either paid or unpaid work in a dental field where you observed patient care (i.e., shadowing), interacted with practitioners, or had responsibility for patient care.