Programs & Requirements
Doctor of Medical Dentistry, D.M.D and Doctor of Dental Surgery, D.D.S.
The DMD and the DDS are equivalent 4 year degrees after an undergraduate career. The requirements during school are the same and both professionals must pass the National Board Dental Eaminations (NBDE). The only difference is that certain schools award a DMD, while most award a DDS.
Schools in Alabama
- University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry (UAB) - DMD program - Birmingham, AL
Course & GPA Requirements
Most schools have a 3.0 minimum GPA, but a competitive applicant will have a 3.5+ cumulative and science GPA. "Science" includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math.
Pre-requisites of the below courses are enforced.
Schools in Alabama look for these courses:
|Hrs Needed||Course Needed||What to Take at UAH|
|8 hrs (w/lab)||General Biology||BYS 119 & BYS 120|
|4 hrs||Biology subjects||See list of competitive courses below to choose from|
|8 hrs (w/lab)||General Chemistry||CH 121/125 & CH 123/126|
|8 hrs (w/lab)||Organic Chemistry||CH 331/335 & CH 332/336|
|8 hrs (w/lab)||General Physics||
PH 101&102 or PH 111/114 & PH 112/115
Physics with calculus is more competitive
|6 hrs (w/lab)||Math||
MA 171 & MA 281/ST 281
Courses positively adding to your application, but are not required:
|Course||What to Take at UAH|
|Cell & Dev. Biology||BYS 300|
We strongly recommend Biochemistry in your list of courses. It will help your application, assist in dental school, and help on your DAT (entrance exam).
Most upper level science courses will prove you are interested in science, enjoy an in depth look into these subjects, and will greatly assist you on the DAT. There is a lot more you can do to make your application stand out.
The above courses support required and suggested coursework for Alabama dental schools. Please keep in mind this is a guideline and specific requirements differ amongst different schools.
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