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Application Requirements

Please note that many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and admissions requirements due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Additionally, references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions should be read in light of current campus health and safety guidelines, which continue to evolve in response to changing conditions. More information can be found on WesternU’s COVID-19 Information page. Our enrollment teams are currently working remotely. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.

  • Application Process

    Step 1: Prerequisites And Application Requirement

    The first step in the admissions process is to ensure you are on track to complete both the course prerequisites and application requirements in time to apply for your preferred year of entry.

    International Students: We do not require a separate application or fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the prerequisite and application requirements as outlined. If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our International Student Services (ISS) staff are available to help you.Visit the ISS website to learn more.

    Step 2: Make Yourself A Competitive Candidate

    Admission to the program is competitive so you should strive to not only meet, but exceed the minimum requirements. To get a feel for the competitiveness of the applicant pool we recommend that you view our class statistics page, review the national statistics for Dental Medicine and read what the admissions committee recommends you do to maximize your candidacy.

    Step 3: Preparing And Submitting Your Application

    The apply now page will provide you with step-by-step instructions as well as an application checklist. There are a number of supporting materials that make up your completed application and it is essential that you print and carefully follow the checklist to ensure that you properly submit these pieces by the deadline.

  • Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite Courses

    MINIMUM OF 8 SEMESTER UNITS OR 12 QUARTER UNITS (MUST BE FULL-YEAR COURSE SEQUENCE)

    General Biology with lab – may not be an introductory course
    May include courses such as biology, zoology, anatomy, physiology, embryology, endocrinology, immunology, cell biology, molecular biology, histology, etc.

    Organic Chemistry with lab – may not be an introductory course

    General Physics with lab – may not be an introductory course

    General or Inorganic Chemistry with lab – may not be an introductory course

    REQUIRED: 6 SEMESTER OR 9 QUARTER UNITS

    College English/English Composition

    Must be a writing or composition course taken from the English Department or a course that fulfills the GE writing requirement for your school
    Literature courses may be accepted if they include a writing component
    May not be an English as a Second Language (ESL) course

    Not required but highly recommended

    Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Calculus 1, Biometrics, Psychology & Conversational Spanish

    ALL ​PREREQUISITES:

    Must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis) or its equivalent abroad
    Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “C-” or lower is not acceptable)
    One course cannot be used to satisfy more than one prerequisite
    Must be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation.
    Online labs are NOT accepted – Due to COVID-19, online labs completed in the spring 2020 through spring 2022 semesters will be accepted
    Pass/no pass credit is NOT accepted – Due to COVID-19, pass/no pass credit for prerequisite courses completed in the spring 2020 through spring 2022 semesters will be accepted
    Only English may be taken on an advanced-placement basis
    May not be satisfied by CLEP, Dept. Exam, IB credits or credit for experiential learning
    Will not be waived or substituted
    All coursework taken from non-U.S. institutions (excluding English-speaking Canadian institutions) must be submitted to an approved service for evaluation.