Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) / Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Admissions

Our coaching team can help nurture and support you through diverse academic prerequisites, extensive professional shadowing, and rigorous testing that goes into a successful dental school application.

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Process

Preparing for a career in the dental arts?

Honing your craft and handling the admissions process are two entirely different skill sets. We help you bring it all together.

1

Earn As in those pre-dental prerequisites

Your science coursework and GPA are crucial to your dental school application and your career as a dentist.  Focus your attention on doing as well as possible in these courses.
Request an academic tutor in a pre-dental course
2

Start shadowing

Most dental programs require applicants to have 100 hours of experience shadowing several dentists. In light of COVID-19, several programs have adjusted their requirements – check each individual school's website for the most current guidance.
3

Make a DAT preparation plan

Dental admissions use the DAT to gauge their applicants' science foundations and critical thinking skills. Your DAT coach uses a customized, data-driven approach to help you reach your best score. Your overall timeline should include several months of focused DAT preparation.
Learn more about our DAT program
4

Craft and polish your AADSAS

Your pre-dental work culminates in the AADSAS primary application, which requires strategic positioning and thoughtful written execution.
Check out this sample timeline for admissions
5

Bolster your AADSAS with a compelling suite of supplements

Once you submit your AADSAS, you may have to work on supplemental, school-specific prompts to further articulate your work history and shadowing experiences and to support your candidacy at individual dental programs. 
View a sample syllabus
6

Request letters of recommendation strategically

Dental schools typically ask for two to three letters of recommendation. Consider which science faculty member, which non-science professor, and which dental professional can speak best to your abilities and character. 
7

Prepare for your interviews

Dental school programs hold interviews in a variety of formats, including one-on-one, group, and a mini series. In all cases, careful messaging and rehearsal are crucial to a successful outcome. 
From our blog: interview tips

Coach spotlight

We are dynamic coaches who think strategically about helping our students gain admission into the most selective American dental programs. As a prerequisite, we only work with coaches who have attended the top schools in the country. But, we also look for experienced editors, smart project managers, and tactical thinkers.

Meet everyone

We are dynamic coaches who think strategically about helping our students gain admission into the most selective American dental programs. As a prerequisite, we only work with coaches who have attended the top schools in the country. But, we also look for experienced editors, smart project managers, and tactical thinkers.

Emma Zc.

Emma is a PhD student in French Literature at Harvard. She holds an MA in French (Harvard), as well as a BA in French Studies and BM in Cello Performance (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities).

Chelsea M.

Chelsea graduated from Yale with a BA in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. Currenly, she is an MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Graham V.

Graham holds an MD (Vanderbilt University Medical School) and MBA (Harvard Business School). He earned his BS from MIT in Materials Science & Engineering. Currently, he is an Emergency Medicine Resident at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Joyce

Joyce is currently an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. She also graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Anthropology from Harvard, where her thesis won the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize.

Susan

Susan studied English at Rice and graduated summa cum laude. After serving in Teach for America, she earned her PhD in English at Harvard. She has held faculty positions at Wake Forest and Yale and currently lives in London.

Paul C.

Paul is a PhD candidate in African and African American Studies at Harvard, where he has received multiple awards for his teaching, as well as several research fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays fellowship.

Sam D.

Sam is a med student at Harvard Medical School. He holds a BS in Neurobiology & Philosophy (Cornell). Prior to medical school, Sam was a fellow in the NIH Department of Bioethics.

Amulya M.

Amulya is an Anthropology PhD candidate at Harvard University. She earned her Bachelor's in Anthropology from University of Chicago, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Paul W.

Paul holds a BA in History (Yale) and MA in Global Affairs (Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University). A recipient of the Fulbright and Schwarzman Fellowships, Paul is currently a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington DC.

Maya B.

Maya is an MD student at Harvard Medical School. She graduated summa cum laude from Tufts with a BS in Biology and Community Health, where she was also a member of Tufts' oldest all female a cappella group.

Damari

Damari is a medical student at Harvard Medical School. He earned his BA in Biochemistry and Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. He was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist in 2016.

Elizabeth G.

Elizabeth is an MD/PhD student at NYU School of Medicine's Medical Scientist Training Program. She holds a BA in Biology with a minor in English from Hunter College.

Rana

Rana earned her BS in Biology and Molecular Biology at Brown, and then spent two years working in ovarian cancer research at Mass General Hospital. Currently, she is an MD student at Harvard Medical School.

Charlotte

Charlotte holds an MA in Hispanic Studies from Brown University and a BA in English and Spanish from Oxford University. She is a recipient of the Kossoff Prize for Leadership in Language Teaching.

Sanjay G.

Sanjay is an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School. He holds a BSPH in Nutrition from UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar (Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa).

Caroline B.

Caroline earned her Bachelor's degree from Harvard in Chemical and Physical Biology. After graduation, she conducted reserach in health economics and policy. She is currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School.

Ellen Y.

Ellen is an MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School, where she conducts research on the dysregulation of cell death in cancer. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry at Caltech.

Priyanka N.

Priyanka studied Molecular and Cellular Biology, Global Health, and Spanish at Harvard College (summa cum laude). She is now a medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.

Mariam R.

Mariam is a PhD candidate in Comp Lit at UCLA and a Fiction MFA student at Columbia. She earned her BA in Comp Lit from Princeton (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and MSt in Islamic Art and Archaeology, with distinction, from Oxford.

Pooja Ds.

Pooja studied Biological Sciences & Psychology at Cornell University before attending Weill Cornell Medical College. Presently, she's a pediatric neurology resident at Lurie Children's Hospital.

Ivy D.

Ivy graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts and BAs in Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and French from Cornell University. She's presently a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Harvard.

Adrienne

Adrienne received her English PhD from Harvard University, her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and her BA from Princeton University. She is a nonfiction writer and poet, and teaches in the Writing Program at Princeton University.

Aisha

Aisha is a second-year dental student at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Previously, she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania where she developed and implemented Dental Bridges.

Jenna Z.

Jenna is currently a dental student at the Harvard Dental School. Previously, she earned her Bachelor's in Biology from Ohio State University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Adam Y.

Adam holds a BA in Politics (Pomona College) and is a first-year student at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is heavily involved in the American Student Dental Association and is interested in leveraging his ASDA connections and non-traditional path to dentistry to help pre-dents.

Becca C.

Becca is currently a student at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She graduated from Emory University Phi Beta Kappa with a 4.0 GPA, a BS in Chemistry, and a minor in Nutrition Science.

Jen B.

Jen is pursuing her DMD degree at Harvard School of Dental Medicine; she plans to serve in the Navy after her time at HSDM through the Health Professions Scholarship Program.

Tara Z.

Tara graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a degree in Biology. She's presently a dental student at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Meet everyone

FAQs

  • Do I have to major in a science in order to apply to dental school?

    While majoring in science is not a must, you must complete pre-dental science requirements. These prerequisites include:
    • Biology, with lab
    • Physics
    • English
    • General Chemistry, with lab
    • Organic Chemistry, with lab
  • When should I apply to dental school?

    The AADSAS opens in mid-May and closes in early February.
  • How long is dental school?

    Most dental programs consist of 4 years of curriculum.
  • What is the difference between a DDS and a DMD?

    The short answer: there is no difference. The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are equivalent degrees using the same curriculum requirements set by the American Dental Association. Individual universities determine which degree is awarded.
  • What happens to graduates of dental school?

    Upon graduating, you can either begin practicing as a general dentist or you can specialize your practice through a residency.
  • What are the dental specialties?

    There are several dental specialty options: Dental Anesthesiology, Dental Public Health, Endondontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Periodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, and Prosthodontics.

Plans

We’ve created plans for those looking for help on just one part of the process, and those looking for help on all of it.

Choose a Tutor Tier

Hourly Rate

1 Hour

All of our tutoring is available on an hourly basis. If you're not sure how much tutoring you'll need or when you plan to test, you can enroll in our "pay as you go" option.

$ 120

$ 160

$ 240

$ 290

First Time Package

5 Hours

The First Time Package allows for 2 hours with a strategy coach and 2 hours with a writing coach, as well as an initiating “huddle” for both your coaches and Cambridge Coaching admin to align on the strongest possible narrative for your candidacy. Most students who complete this block of hours will have developed a general argument for admission, along with outlines for their personal statement and 3 most meaningful activities.

$ 600

$ 800

$ 1200

$ 1450

AADSAS Package

20 Hours 5% OFF

This package is designed for students seeking coaching specifically geared towards their AADSAS. Your coaches guide you through school selection, as well as the crafting of your essay and activities list. Allows time for remote feedback and editing by your team. Represents our best estimate; applicants may need more or less time with their coaches.

$ 2280 You save $120

$ 3040 You save $160

$ 4560 You save $240

$ 5510 You save $290

Interview Package

5 Hours

Your strategy coach will work with you to synthesize your candidacy into an eloquent interview performance. Typically includes an initial brainstorm and outline phase followed by rehearsal in the form of one or more mock interviews and feedback.

$ 600

$ 800

$ 1200

$ 1450

Comprehensive Package

60 Hours 10% OFF

Comprehensive guidance on the process with a coaching team consisting of a writer and dental school strategist. We will guide you through your AADSAS, as well as as through your supplements. Team coaching will address school selection, writing, activities, interview preparation, and any other relevant aspects of the applications. Allows time for remote feedback and editing by your team. Represents our best estimate; applicants may need more or less time with their coaches.

$ 6480 You save $720

$ 8640 You save $960

$ 12960 You save $1440

$ 15660 You save $1740

Tutor Tiers

We have 4 tiers of coaches. The coach’s tier is based on the experience level of the coach with our team. All coaches begin working with Cambridge Coaching at the Standard tier.

  • Standard

    0-150 hours
    $120/hour

  • Senior

    150-200 hours
    $160/hour

  • Guru

    250-300 hours
    $240/hour

  • Master

    350+- hours
    $290/hour

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