College of Dental Medicine Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

The KCU College of Dental Medicine (CDM) is in Joplin, Missouri, and will serve the four-state region of Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. The College seeks to recruit and educate future dentists who have a passion for providing care in underserved communities and who wish to continue to practice in rural areas after graduation. The CDM plans to utilize an integrated basic and clinical sciences curriculum that differs from a discipline-based curriculum in that some aspects of basic and clinical sciences will be taught throughout the curriculum in increasing levels of complexity and relevance based on what students are learning each semester. Students will have early clinical and community-based experiences beginning the summer after their first year and will have the unique opportunity to complete two 12-week rotations at community educational activity sites outside of KCU in order to best serve the underserved populations in the four-state region. 

 

Application, Requirements and Interview Process

Our admission requirements are as follows:

  • A minimum of three years of college or university coursework (90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours) from a regionally accredited school is required. However, a baccalaureate degree is strongly preferred because it affords a broad, liberal education as a basis for further studies. 
  • Demonstrated community service through volunteerism and/or service-oriented employment
  • Clinical dental experience (shadowing or practice)
  • DAT score (taken within the last 3 years)
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework with a grade of C+ or better. Courses are below:

Course/Credit Hours

General Biology (one semester lecture & lab, minimum 4 semester/6 quarter hours) (Zoology is an acceptable alternative)

Microbiology (one semester lecture & lab, minimum 4 semester/6 quarter hours)

General Chemistry (one semester lecture & lab, minimum 4 semester/6 quarter hours)

Organic Chemistry (one semester lecture & lab, minimum 4 semester/6 quarter hours)

Additional Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics courses (to total 12 semester hours/18 quarter hours)

English Composition/ Technical Writing (minimum 6 semester/8 quarter hours)

*Human Anatomy (one semester lecture & lab, minimum 4 semester/6 quarter hours)

*Biochemistry (minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours)

*Course is strongly recommended, but not required

Students apply through AADSAS beginning in May when the application portal opens. The first day to submit applications through AADSAS for the upcoming admissions cycle is June 1, 2022. KCU reviews applications and offers secondary applications beginning in mid-July on a rolling basis. Interviews begin in September and continue through March.

You are encouraged to develop your course of study in consultation with your college or university pre-dental or pre-health professions advisor. If your school does not have a pre-dental/pre-health advisor, you may consult with faculty members in the departments aligned with courses listed as pre-dental requirements. We recommend you select courses that reflect the content and rigor of the dental program curriculum. Most dental schools expect one year of general biology with lab, two years of chemistry (one year of general chemistry and one year of organic chemistry with laboratories), English composition, additional biology courses e.g. anatomy, human physiology, molecular biology, and immunology, and/or physics 1 & 2 with lab. Courses that help hone your perceptual ability are also encouraged and useful for the PAT portion of the DAT.

Course/Credit Hours

General Biology (one semester lecture & lab, minimum 4 semester/6 quarter hours) (Zoology is an acceptable alternative)

Microbiology (one semester lecture & lab, minimum 4 semester/6 quarter hours)

General Chemistry (one semester lecture & lab, minimum 4 semester/6 quarter hours)

Organic Chemistry (one semester lecture & lab, minimum 4 semester/6 quarter hours)

Additional Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics courses (to total 12 semester hours/18 quarter hours)

English Composition/ Technical Writing (minimum 6 semester/8 quarter hours)

*Human Anatomy (one semester lecture & lab, minimum 4 semester/6 quarter hours)

*Biochemistry (minimum 3 semester/4 quarter hours)

*Course is strongly recommended, but not required

The KCU College of Dental Medicine does a holistic review of each applicant’s credentials, therefore, there is no single portrait of a competitive applicant. KCU’s mission is to “improve the wellbeing of the community we serve” and the College of Dental Medicine values characteristics in applicants that reflect this mission.

A minimum of three years of college or university coursework (90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours) from a regionally accredited school is required. However, a baccalaureate degree is strongly preferred because it affords a broad, liberal education as a basis for further studies.

Yes. Individuals in the workforce who desire a career change are encouraged to apply. You must complete all pre-requisite coursework and meet the admissions criteria. It is helpful to address your reasons for desiring a career in dentistry in your application, where appropriate.

It is always a good idea to apply as early as you can once the application portal opens. The portal opens mid-May and applications can be submitted as early as June 1st. An early submission does not guarantee a secondary application or interview.

DAT scores are accepted three years prior to entry, i.e., for Fall 2023 entry, scores need to be from May 2020 or later.

Three letters of recommendation are required with one from your pre-health advisor or committee, one from a dentist, and an additional letter from an individual who can attest to your academic strengths, abilities and fit for dental school.

KCU does not offer a special course of study for internationally-trained dentists. Internationally trained dentists who wish to obtain a U.S. dental degree may apply to the DMD program and are required to complete the full four-year program. You may visit adea.org to learn of the dental schools that have advanced-standing programs for internationally trained dentists.

The KCU CDM does not require a minimum number of hours of shadowing experience. We do recommend you participate in a depth and breadth of shadowing experiences, inclusive of general dentistry. The more dentists you observe, the more exposure you will have to a variety of procedures, doctor-patient interactions, and types of practices.

 

Student Life

There is no designated housing for KCU Dental students, however, there is information available to assist you with finding housing in the area.

 

International Students

Yes.

International students are held to the same application, admissions and matriculation requirements as all other students. International applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are required to have a student visa (F-1) to study in the United States. Applicants who have obtained permanent residency in the United States will be required to show proof of valid permanent residency if recommended for admission.

A couple of things to note: 1) Applicants who are currently in pending status for permanent U.S. residency are NOT eligible for admission; 2) Applicants who apply for permanent residency status during the KCU admission application cycle will also become ineligible for admission; and 3) Students who are in the U.S. on a Temporary Visa are also NOT eligible for admission.

More information is found on the KCU website at: http://www.kansascity.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/international-students