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You are encouraged to meet with a pre-health advisor at least once a semester to discuss options for careers in health care, opportunities to gain relevant experience, discussing the best time to apply, preparation for the DAT (Dental Admission Test), the ADEA AADASAS application, and much more. For more information, schedule an appointment with your advisor.
Prior to January
Begin studying for the DAT and register for a test date.
Calculate your science and overall GPA to determine your competitiveness.
Begin collecting letters of recommendation.
Take the DAT no later than April
If taking the DAT in April, you will receive your scores in May. Determine schools to apply to, begin filling out AADSAS as the application will become available at the beginning of May.
Submit AADSAS as soon as possible. Dental schools typically start receiving submitted and verified application at the end of June.
You may start receiving supplemental applications or be invited to interview during this time.
Prep courses and practice exams
Review of AADSAS application offered by the pre-health office.
Students applying to medical schools in Texas will need to complete the TMDSAS
Review of personal statement offered by the Pre-Health Office
Identify people who know you well and can firmly comment on your ability as a student and future dentist. Ask in advance and give your letter writers sufficient time to complete and submit. Also, remember to stay in touch with letter writers who you may also ask in the future!
The Pre-Professional Advising Office offers a Letter of Recommendation Service for students applying to AMCAS, AACOMAS, or AADSAS (all other application services use their own portal for LOR). In most cases, letters are not required to be submitted prior to you submitting your application, but can be sent at a later date.
For steps and information regarding the LOR Service, go to https://prehealth.asu.edu/prepare.
Some schools have specific requirements.
After dental schools have received your primary AADSAS application, they may invite you to complete a secondary or supplemental application. Supplemental applications are sent between July and October and usually have fees associated with them. It is important that you complete and submit supplemental applications as soon as possible.
Mock Interviews are offered by Pre-Health Office