Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Dental (pre-professional) 2011-2014

Doctor of Dental Medicine

American Dental Association

PCC endeavors to create accurate transfer guides for students; however, requirements and equivalencies may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with PCC advisors and advisors at their transfer institution to ensure that their academic plan will meet requirements and timelines.

Required Courses

University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits
One year sequence General Biology (with lab) *BI 211, 212, 213 - Principles of Biology 15
One year sequence General Chemistry (with lab) *CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry 15
One year sequence of Physics (with lab) *PHY 201, 202 & 203 General Physics 12
English Composition WR 121 & 122 English Composition 6-8
2 terms of Organic Chemistry (with lab) 300-level series at a 4-year institution
Biochemistry, 1 term 300-level sequence at at 4-year institution
One year sequence of Anatomy & Physiology (with lab) 300-level sequence at at 4-year institution


*OHSU recommends that the majority of science courses be completed at a 4-year college or university with no more than 1 year at a community college.

Additional science courses are recommended such as microbiology, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, histology, and neuroscience. Study of the social and behavioral sciences, and humanities as well as the courses in the fine arts such as sculpture and 3-D drawing will enhance the student's ability to practice dentistry.

Additional Information:

Pre-dental Education: A minimum of three years (90 semester or 135 quarter credit hours) from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. Full time enrollment is recommended with an emphasis in the basic sciences.

Foreign course work: Foreign course work will not be accepted.

Community College Limitations: It is recommended that a student attend no more than one year at a community college.

Pass/No Pass: Admissions requirements taken for P/NP credit will not fulfill our requirements. Please note: the only exception to this policy applies to students attending a very limited number of schools that solely offer P/NP grades for lab courses. If you are given the option to take a lab course P/NP or for a grade, you must take it for a grade.

Grade Point Average (GPA): It is recommended that you have a minimum of 3.0 in both your cumulative overall GPA, and required science/BCP (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) GPA.

Degree Requirement: Although OHSU does not require a baccalaureate (B.A./B.S.) degree for admission, it is highly recommended that you plan to complete a bachelor's degree prior to matriculation.

DAT: It is recommended that Dental Admissions Test (DAT) scores be received by the School of Dentistry no later than November 1 of the application year. American and Canadian DAT scores are accepted.

Dental Observation: Prior to application, applicants must have a minimum of 50 hours of observation in a dental setting. Of the 50 hours we suggest a minimum of 25 hours in a general dental practice. The remaining 25 hours can be in a dental setting of your choice such as a dental public health clinic or dental specialty.

Health Requirements: All admitted students must meet OHSU's health and immunization requirements prior to matriculation. For more information please visit the Student Health Service online at www.ohsu.edu/academic/acad/health/ or by calling (503) 494-8665.

Criminal History Reviews: Admitted students must complete a background disclosure form and undergo a criminal history review as part of the matriculation process. Prior conviction does not necessarily disqualify an admitted student from matriculation. The admitted student has the right to inspect and challenge the results of the inquiry. Information about federal civil rights law and arrest records may be obtained through the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Drug Screening: All newly admitted students must successfully complete a drug screening within 14 days from the date of matriculation. This requirement is one way OHSU demonstrates its commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for employees, students, patients and visitors. Positive test results may immediately disqualify an admitted student from enrollment. The admitted student has the right to inspect and challenge the results of the inquiry.

OHSU policy indicates that no person shall be under the influence of any unlawful drug, any alcohol, or any misused prescription drug while on OHSU premises. Students suspected of being under the influence in violation of this prohibition may be required to submit to a drug or alcohol test at cause.

Selection Factors:  Students are selected on the basis of demonstrated scholastic ability in both required and elective courses. Quality and quantity of courses taken per quarter are also considered. Performance on the DAT is compared with the science GPA. Letters of recommendation are screened for personal qualities and demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the profession of dentistry. Selected applicants will be invited to visit the campus and to interview with members of the admissions committee and student representatives. Applicants are evaluated using established criteria without regard to national origin, color, race, religion, handicap, age, or gender.



Last updated:September 2013