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7 Year Dental Program

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Detroit Mercy offers a special academic program which enables highly qualified applicants to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in addition to the baccalaureate degree in seven calendar years, rather than in the traditional eight years.

The selected students in the Seven-Year Dental Program spend most of the first three years at the McNichols Campus doing pre-dental studies in the College of Engineering & Science. The last four years are in the School of Dentistry.

Students may earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology or a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Chemistry. In addition to the basic science courses required of all dental school applicants, Seven-Year Program students must meet all of the requirements of their major and the University Core Curriculum. This includes course work in speech, English, mathematics, computers, religious studies, philosophy, history and culture, ethics, and social responsibility. They also participate in a two-week orientation to dentistry in the summer after the first year, take courses in histology and physiology in the summer after the second year and participate in the dental gross anatomy course as an audit during the third year. Students may choose to major in Biology or Chemistry for this program.

Admission Requirements

The Selection Committee will consider for acceptance into the program applicant who has met ALL of the following basic criteria:

  • Has been accepted for admission as a freshman student at the University of Detroit Mercy.
  • Has submitted to the Admissions Office, following acceptance as a freshman student, a 350-400 word personal essay on a topic supplied at the time of application.
  • Has two letters of recommendations addressing the candidates qualifications for the program.
  • Has achieved a high school ACT composite score of at least 28 (min of 26 on each subsection), or a combined SAT score of at least 1310 (min of 590 on ERW, min of 650 MATH), not super-scored.
  • Has earned for the first six semesters of high school a Grade Point Average of 3.5 overall on a 4.0 point scale, and the same for the combined mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology courses.
  • Has directed the high school office to supply to the admissions office an up-to-date high school transcript by January 15 of the application year.

Applicants who have satisfied the above requirements will be reviewed by the 7-Year Dental Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will make the final determination on the limited number of students accepted into the program.

Students accepted into the program should complete 20 hours of Dentistry observation/Shadowing, before starting courses at Detroit Mercy.  Please submit the Verification of 7-Year Dent Shadowing Experiences to Dr. Snyder.

An applicant will be eligible for admission to the Dental School phase of study following the successful completion of all aspects of the initial three years of the Program. This includes:

  • Successful completion of all required courses
  • Overall GPA of 3.6 or better, and science GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Scores of 20 or better on all sections of the DAT (the Dental Admission Test, the national standardized examination required of all applicants for admission to professional schools of dentistry)
  • Successful completion of AADSAS application and interview with Detroit Mercy's Dental School Admission's Committee


Dean Katherine Snyder
(313) 993-3362

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