Question 1: What are your admission requirements?
Please visit our view requirements web page for complete details.
Question 2: Is the DAT required?
The Dental Admission Test (DAT) scores are required as part of your application file. An official score report must be received before your application will be sent to the Admissions Committee for review. Your DAT must be taken no later than October 15, of the year of application. DAT scores are valid for up to three years. DAT scores are valid for three years (based on the start of the application cycle). For the 2018 entering class, test dates prior to June 1, 2014 are NOT acceptable.
Question 3: Are you accepting DAT scores?
All DAT scores should be reported through AADSAS.
Question 4: Will you accept Canadian DAT scores?
No, we do not accept Canadian DAT scores at this time.
Question 5: How many students will you be accepting?
We anticipate seating a class of 64-69 students.
Question 6: When will applications become available?
WesternU's College of Dental Medicine participates in the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS). Applications are available in early June via the ADEA website. Supplemental applications will be available on our website around the same time. Both applications and DAT scores are required to complete your application file. Application deadline is December 1. Applicants are urged to apply and complete their application files as early as possible. WesternU subscribes to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) recommendation that dental schools notify applicants of provisional or final acceptance on or after December 1 of the academic year prior to the academic year of matriculation. For more information, please visit our apply now page.
Question 7: Do you have a limit on community college hours?
No. We do not limit the number of community college credit hours you can take.
Question 8: Can I speak with a counselor about my application?
Feel free to contact us after reviewing the site with any additional questions you might have.
Question 9: What recommendation letters do you require?
We prefer a letter from a Pre-Health Professions Committee. If a Committee letter is not available, three individual letters are required. Two must be from college-level science professors. The third can be from another college professor or a dentist with whom you have shadowed or for whom you have worked.
Question 10: Will I receive an email invitation to complete the secondary application?
No, all applicants are required to complete the secondary application in order to be considered for an interview.
Question 11: Will you accept prerequisite courses completed at a community college?
Yes, we will but it is recommended that the majority of your prerequisites be completed at the university level.
Question 12: If I do not see my college listed in the prerequisite database, does that mean you do not accept courses from that institution?
No, it is likely that courses just haven’t been added from that institution. If are unsure a course is acceptable, feel free to email your Admissions Counselor to check on it.
Question 13: Do you provide updates via AADSAS?
Due to the volume of applications, we only periodically update statuses in AADSAS. You can always view your most current admissions status by logging into your WesternU Application Status page.
Question 14: Does AADSAS include Math courses in the Overall Science GPA?
Yes, all undergraduate, graduate, and cumulative courses identified on your transcript as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math and Other Science is used in computing this GPA.
Question 1: How do I check my application status online?
You can check your application status by visiting the application status page.
Question 2: What if I want to change information on my application after I have completed it?
You may not change answers or documents submitted with your application, but you may upload additional, supplemental materials. To do so, visit the application status page and use the "Upload Materials" section of the page to submit your supplemental materials.
Question 3: What if I want to apply to more than one program? Do I need to create a new account?
You can apply to multiple programs using a single account. Visit our online application, log in, and click "Start New Application" at the bottom of the page.
Question 4: What address should I use if I need to mail any additional application materials?
For official transcripts please mail to:
Western University of Health Sciences
Attn: EDS/program you are applying for (MSMS, MSNE, MSPS, etc.)
309 E Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766
For unofficial documents, please upload to the online application as indicated in the application instructions.
Question 5: How do I pay my application fee?
All application fees require payments made by credit card. Only cards with Visa and Master Card logos will be accepted. No checks, money orders, or cash will be accepted for payment of application fees.
Question 6: What if I do not have a Visa or Master Card?
Payment may be made with a Visa or Master Card prepaid gift card which can be purchased at many major chain stores or online. Please be aware that the gift card must contain a balance sufficient to cover the application fee in one full payment.
Question 7: Are fee waivers accepted?
Payment is required at time of application, if fee waiver is approved a reimbursement will be issued.
Question 1: Can you provide me with some information about the accreditation process?
Please visit our accreditation page for more information.
Question 2: Where can I find more information about the curriculum?
For detailed information, visit our examine the curriculum page.
Question 3: Do you offer a program for Foreign Trained Dentists?
Yes, we now offer an international dentist program. You can learn more about the program and requirements at Doctor of Dental Medicine-International (DMD) welcome page.
Question 4: Does the College of Dental Medicine include a hygienist program?
No, at this time, we do not have a dental hygienist program.
Question 5: Your College of Dental Medicine will be offering a DMD degree. What is the difference between DDS and DMD degrees?
According to the American Dental Association: The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degrees are equivalent.
Question 6: Does WesternU offer on-campus housing?
WesternU does not offer on-campus housing however there are a number of apartment and housing options nearby. Most of our students live within 15-20 minutes of campus. Visit the housing website once you're admitted to post available housing or to indicate you're looking for a place to live – students from all eight of our colleges utilize this site, so there are numerous opportunities available.
Question 7: What are the hours for your library?
You can find the library hours on our website along with additional information about the library and learning resource center.
Question 8: Are laptops be required?
Yes, laptops are required. We suggest that you do not purchase a new laptop until you have been accepted into our program. At that time, we will provide you with recommended specifications. If you purchase your laptop after June 1 of the year of matriculation, you may be able to include the cost in your financial aid package.
Question 9: Can I visit your campus?
We would love for you to visit campus. Attend Preview Day where we will provide you with detailed information on the curriculum and profession as well as the admission and accreditation processes. You will also have the opportunity to hear from the dean/upper administration and chat with current WesternU students as they tour you through the existing facilities. If you're interested in a tour only, you can also sign-up for a campus tour. The tours will only include our existing colleges until the construction of the new buildings are complete.
Question 10: How long is your program?
The Doctor of Dental Medicine program can be completed in 4 years.
Question 11: How much are your tuition and fees for the dental program?
Visit the tuition/scholarships page for tuition information as well as scholarship and loan recommendations.