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Pre-Dental Advantage Program

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is a nationally renowned institution of higher learning within Dentistry. It is a school where students have the opportunity to take full advantage of the hands on curriculum, wide connection base, and core values driven to educate future professionals and help improve health within all people. Located in San Francisco, The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is a humble community filled with hard working, determined students, as well as passionate and dedicated faculty and staff.

The school is highly regarded for its: 

  • Humanistic model of education that respects the dignity of each individual and fosters limitless potential for growth;
  • Accelerated year-round predoctoral program where students are able to complete four academic years of instruction in three calendar years; and 
  • Innovation in dental curriculum, including comprehensive patient care and competency-based education.

Pacific offers three freshmen admission pathways for completing the Pre-Dental Advantage Program which on completion guarantees an interview for our Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree program.

  • Five-year (2+3) Doctor of Dental Surgery Program
    • Two years of undergraduate study followed by three years of study in the professional program.
  • Six-year (3+3) Bachelor's/ Doctor of Dental Surgery Program 
    • Three yearrs of undergraduate study followed by three years of study in the professional program.
  • Seven-year Bachelor's/ Doctor of Dental Surgery Program
    • Four years of undergraduate study, earning a bachelor's degree, followed by three years of study in the professional program. 

Program Requirements

  • Pre-Dental Advantage Program requirements include taking courses in sequence at Pacific, minimum GPAs and a formal interview for the School of Dentistry (which includes a writing sample).
  • To advance into our Doctor of Dental Surgery Program, and our Pre-Dental Advantage Program students must have a University minimum GPA 3.25 depending on which track you decide. Review the Pre-Dental Advantage Program Curriculum 

Learn more about our Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree Program 

  Admission and Deadlines

All applicants are encouraged, and admitted students are required, to carefully read and agree to the Technical Standards for our School of Dentistry Admission and Graduation Requirements: http://www.dental.pacific.edu/academic-programs/doctor-of-dental-surgery/dds-program-how-and-when-to-apply/technical-standards . It is also highly recommended that all applicants review the Dental Board of California license requirements at https://www.dbc.ca.gov/applicants/dds/become_licensed.shtml

  Undergraduate transfer students: There is no formal "pre-dental advantage" available to a student who transfers to Pacific. We have excellent undergraduate programs to which transfers are welcome to apply, but once here, these students will compete with those applying from other institutions for space in the Doctor of Dental Surgery of program.