admission requirements

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Please read the following carefully before applying for admission.

Years of College: All matriculating students must have successfully completed at least 90 semester hours/140 quarter hours. It is highly recommended that all matriculating students will have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited, four-year college or university prior to matriculation to the Meharry School of Dentistry. Online and introductory courses will not be accepted towards required prerequisites.

Pre-Dental Course Work with an average of 'C' or better in each of the following:

Course Description Semester Hours Quarter Hours
General Biology and/or Zoology with Laboratory 8 12
Inorganic Chemistry with Quantitative Analysis with Laboratory 8 12
Organic Chemistry with Laboratory 8 12
General Physics with Laboratory 8 12
Biochemistry 3 5
English Composition 6 9
Calculus or Statistics 3 5

Additional courses strongly recommended: Anatomy/Physiology, Microbiology, and Histology/Cell Biology. Other recommended courses include: Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Pharmacology.

Application deadline: December 15th

Application Process:

Dental Admissions Test: Every applicant must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT).  For more information about the DAT, visit the American Dental Association's web site here.

Completion of an application through the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)

Supplemental Application: The supplemental application for the 2016 admission cycle will be available August 1st. Upon completion and verification of the AADSAS, applicants will be emailed a link to the supplemental application. Upon completion, a processing fee of $65.00 will be assessed and must be paid electronically through the application website. Please do not send a separate payment to Meharry. This supplemental application allows the applicant to further describe his/her activities. 

Letter of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation, are due directly to AADSAS by December 15th. The address to which the letters should be mailed will appear on the AADSAS Letter Request Form. Those applicants who attend, or who have recently graduated from, an undergraduate institution or a post-baccalaureate pre-dental program which offers a Health Professions Advisor or Advisory Committee should submit a letter from this person or committee; this letter should be sent to AADSAS as described above. If no such institutional letter is available, the applicant should substitute a minimum of three (3) individual letters, including two from Science professors. These letters should be sent to AADSAS as described above.

Photo: The Admissions Committee requires that you upload a photo when you are submitting your Supplemental Application.

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Contact Information
Office of Admissions & Recruitment
Meharry Medical College
Student Services and Faculty Affairs
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd, Jr. Blvd.
Nashville, Tennessee 37208-3599

Due to the high volume of applications and increased processing time, the Admissions staff will only be available for calls Monday - Friday from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Telephone: 615.327.6998
Fax: 615.327.6228

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