Bachelor in Dental Medicine - Pathway to D.M.D (Dual Admission) Nova Southeastern University Undergraduate Programs
To be considered for dual admission and fill your reserved seat in graduate or professional school, there are some requirements you must meet. Undergraduate Admission Requirements are for first-time and transfer students applying to earn a bachelor’s degree. Graduate Admission Requirements are the standards students need to maintain while earning their undergraduate degree to remain eligible for the graduate or professional program.
For students applying for fall admission who are initially unable to take the SAT or ACT due to extenuating circumstances, please contact your admission counselor directly prior to submitting your Premier Programs application.
Undergraduate Admission Requirements
- GPA: 3.5 Weighted GPA in High School
- ACT/SAT: 3+4: 30 Composite ACT; 1360 Total SAT / 4+4: 27 Composite ACT; 1270 Total SAT
- Years of Math: 3, Science: 3, English: 4
- Courses: Biology*, Chemistry, and Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry
*Anatomy and Physiology, and Living Environment may be substituted for Biology.
Graduate Admission Requirements
Keep your dual admission status while you earn your bachelor’s.
Dual admission reserves your seat in NSU’s Doctor of Dental Medicine program, but you must still complete a graduate application once you finish your bachelor’s degree.
Keep in mind that these are the basic requirements, and the final determination of admission into the professional program is at the discretion of the College of Dental Medicine.
For the 3+4 program, a degree is not required prior to transitioning to the graduate program. For the 4+4 program, you must complete a bachelor’s degree, including some science courses. Additional prerequisites for both may be communicated upon admission.
You must maintain a 3.4 cumulative and science GPA. You must also earn at least a C in each prerequisite course.
Calculation of cumulative and science GPA for the purpose of program eligibility for dual admission will not reflect the "grade forgiveness / repeated courses" policy; all grades for retaken courses will be included. The science GPA for dual admission purposes is composed of only those courses with BIOL, CHEM, and PHYS prefixes.
Required Test Scores
DAT: No less than a 20 for your science and academic average.
*All minimum test scores must be achieved on the same test attempt (no super scoring).
For the seven-year track, 90 major and general education credits must be completed. For the eight-year track, it’s 120 credits.
Transfer Credits Through High School
Transfer students are not eligible to apply to the Health and Medical Professions Dual Admission programs. Only students coming to NSU in the fall semester as first-time college freshman applicants are eligible to apply.
College credits that were earned through advanced high school programs such as AP, IB, or college academy—or in summer coursework following high school graduation, prior to attending NSU—may transfer to NSU.
Students who enter NSU with earned college credits through advanced high school programs may be able to complete their degree and program requirements earlier than scheduled and request to enter their graduate professional programs earlier as well.
Ready for the Next Step?
Here’s how to apply.
Dual Admission is just one of NSU’s distinctive Premier Programs. These programs are designed to help highly motivated students accelerate their success, and most offer at least $20,000 in annual scholarships.
You can apply for just about any combination of the following Premier Programs:
- Dual Admission
- The Fischler Academy of Education
- Huizenga Business Innovation Academy
- Razor’s Edge Scholars
You may apply for and be admitted into only one Dual Admission program for your first semester. Each program is unique and has its own eligibility requirements.
1. Apply for Undergraduate Admission
You can use the Shark Select Application or the Common App to apply to Nova Southeastern University.
2. Submit a Supplemental Application
Complete the supplemental Premier Programs application for fall entry.
3. Interview During Shark Preview
If you’re admitted to NSU and submit the supplemental application, you will be invited via email to choose which Shark Preview Weekend works for your schedule.
What Can You Do with a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree?
Everyone needs a dentist, and every dentist answers that call. NSU’s D.M.D. program can help you join the field of dentistry as a caring, competent professional. You’ll cover the fundamentals and put theory into practice in a high-tech simulation laboratory and clinical rotations that serve highly vulnerable populations.
Our active alumni association can provide guidance about how to begin your career and where it can take you. The excellent postdoctoral programs at NSU offer opportunities for surgical and other specializations, as well as research to support the future of dentistry.
- Dental researcher
- Public policy advocate
- Fundamentals of patient care.
- Clinical practice of dentistry.
- Understanding of public health and primary care.
- Comprehensive knowledge of human biology and disease.
- 7% Growth - Job Outlook 2018–2028
- $159,200 - Median Pay 2019
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