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Admission Requirements


Admissions Requirements

by Pathway of Entry

Required Undergraduate Courses:
General Biology: 8 semester hours (including lecture and lab)
Inorganic (General) Chemistry: 8 semester hours (including lecture and lab)
Organic Chemistry: 8 semester hours (including lecture and lab)
Physics: 8 semester hours (including lecture and lab)
English: 8 semester hours
Note: Labs are required in all science prerequisites unless otherwise noted.

Recommended Undergraduate Courses:
Anatomy and Physiology: 4 semester hours
Biochemistry: 4 semester hours
Cellular and Molecular Biology: 4 semester hours
Histology: 4 semester hours

Direct Freshman Entry – BS to DMD
This pathway is appropriate for high school seniors applying to LMU who would like to complete their Bachelor of Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Pre-Health Profession Track) and DMD degree in eight years via the BS/DMD degree path.

These students must meet the following criteria for undergraduate admissions:
Required Entrance Test(s):

  • For high school seniors, either the ACT or SAT determines eligibility to take biology and chemistry courses. Minimum Score on the Required Entrance Test(s): ACT of 25+ or SAT of 1250
  • Students applying to the Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) program must possess a cumulative high school GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.
Students Must Satisfy the Following Requirements for Guaranteed Admissions:
High School Seniors:
  • Complete the LMU-CDM Application for Admissions
  • Initial Admissions Interview with LMU-CDM Admissions Committee (During Senior Year)
  • 1000-word essay – How have you arrived at this career goal?
  • Two letters of reference attesting to community service and leadership ability addressing character and other skills (from non-relatives)

Overall Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA): 3.3

Required GPA in Undergraduate Major: Students must maintain at least a 3.3 (science) and 3.2 (non-science) GPA.

Minimum grade for each Required Course: A C+ is the minimum grade needed for all required courses. However, a B or better is generally needed.

Required Technical Standards and Competencies for Program Admissions

  • DAT – Dental Admissions Test (can be no more than one year old): Student must score a 19 or better.
  • 60 observation/shadowing hours in a general dentist’s office
  • During the summer before the last year of college, the student will apply to LMU-CDM through the ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS) for admission to the DMD program with three letters of recommendation. The student is required to complete the supplemental application and meet for a second interview with the LMU-CDM Admissions Committee.
  • Applicants must pass the LMU-CDM criminal background check.
  • Applicants must be drug-free, as evidenced through required drug testing (completed upon admission).

To apply for the LMU-CDM Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) program, you must apply both through the LMU portal and through the ADEA portal. A student will not be accepted into the program if both applications are not completed. 

Tuition and Fees

DMD Program (DMD Year One Breakdown)

Enrollment cap: 80 Students

Tuition: $69,500
Student Activity Fee: $150
Instrument, Loupes, and Supplies (D1): $14,500
Comprehensive Fee – Knoxville: $310
Background Check, Drug Screening, and Vaccination Recording: $125
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: $75
Uniforms – Scrubs and Shoes $275
Textbooks: $1650

One-time Acceptance/Matriculation Fee (Non-refundable): $1,250

*Mandatory Student Insurance Fee: $3,175/per year

*Students who have comparable insurance coverage may apply online for a fee waiver.

See the complete D1-D4 tuition and fees breakdown here.

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Additional Requirements