Most PUC pre-dental students go on to attend the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Here you will find information from LLU regarding the School of Dentistry.
|Spring T-1||Contact teachers/advisors/religious leaders to request recommendation letters: one personal recommendation and one committee letter (the preference of most dental schools) OR four personal recommendations. Contact the Academic Dean's office for a pre-professional recommendation letter request form (x 6234).|
|June, T-1||Work on the on-line AADSAS application. Be sure to carefully craft your personal statement and have it reviewed by reliable sources. Apply to take the DAT.|
|By September 1, T-1||Send in completed AADSAS application with official transcripts including any summer school classes. It is to your advantage to apply as close to the application opening date (June 1) as possible.|
|By late September T-1||Receive secondary application from the School of Dentistry. Request official transcripts (mailed directly from all colleges) and letters of recommendation be sent.|
|Early October, T-1 (or before)||Return secondary application to School of Dentistry.|
|November, T-1||Select applicants invited to interview with School of Dentistry representative when they visit PUC.|
|December, T-1 through March, T||Acceptances sent to applicants.|
|September, T||Enter LLU School of Dentistry!|
|Follow-up: Call the Admissions Office, (800) 422-4558 opt. 3 or (909) 824-4621, and ask about your application. Do not assume that everything is OK without checking.|
|DAT review source: Preparing for the DAT, Betz Publishing Co., (800) 634-4365.|
When the candidate arrives at the Sylvan Testing Center to take the Computerized DAT, two forms of identification will be requested. One form must include a photograph; and at least one must include a signature. At the Sylvan test center, candidates will be photographed and fingerprinted before proceeding with the test.
The candidate will be able to become familiar with the workings of the computer by taking a brief tutorial before beginning the actual test. The DAT is presented in the multiple-choice format. Candidates may request scratch paper to be used during the test.
The candidate will have a total of 4 hours and 5 minutes to complete the four tests in the DAT battery. A 15-minute break is optional after completing the second test in the battery. If you take the break, be aware that the computer will start the next test segment after 15 minutes even if you have not returned yet.
The Computerized DAT battery includes
The candidate will receive official DAT scores immediately after completing the four tests in the DAT battery. Schools indicated on the candidate's application to receive DAT scores will receive them approximately three weeks after the testing date.
For more information about the DAT, go to the ADA site for the DAT.
In March of the year in which you apply for dental school, you need to also turn in a request for a recommendation from PUC. The committee begins meeting in early April so you must turn in your application within the last few weeks of winter quarter. The application is available at the Academic Dean's Office. Please note that you may request a committee recommendation at the beginning of fall quarter but this will reduce your chances for admission as LLUSD and many other dental schools practice rolling admissions. It will be to your benefit if you are well known to the individuals on the Professional Recommendation Committee and if you provide ample information on your recommendation request to aid us in our evaluation. The individuals on the Professional Recommendation Committee are:
|Edwin Moore (chair)||Associate Academic Dean|
|Jim Boyd||Men's Dean|
|Lisa Bissell Paulson||Dean of Students|
|John Duncan||Biology (Pre-Medical advisor)|
|Marie Pak||Chemistry (Pre-Medical advisor)|
|Robin Vance||Biology (Pre-Medical advisor)|
|Jan Wood||Women's Dean|
|Aimee Wyrick||Biology (Pre-Dental advisor)|
|Vola Andrianarijaona||Physics (Pre-Dental advisor)|
|Pablo Hilario||Chemistry (Pre-Dental advisor)|
|Kent Davis||Chemistry (Pre-med advisor)|
|Denise Lee-Haye||Chemistry (Pre-pharm advisor)|
To speed up one of the most time-consuming aspects of your AADSAS application, use this Excel spreadsheet that allows you to copy and paste your transcript from Lantern*. After you have pasted the transcript webpage into the spreadsheet, it parses the information and creates a report that lists information that must be entered into your AADSAS application.
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