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The CWRU School of Dental Medicine has established articulation agreements to support exceptional high school students who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment and maturity to pursue a lifelong career in dentistry. To participate in this admissions process, high school seniors are admitted by a host undergraduate institution who then ultimately selects the participants for these articulation programs. Please contact the host undergraduate institutions and their pre-health advisors if you have questions about a program. Possible programs include the Six-Year PPSP Program, the Eight-Year PPSP Program, and the Bachelors-to-DMD 3+4 Program




Case Western Reserve University Pre-Professional Scholars Program (PPSP)

Exceptionally qualified high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in dentistry are offered places each year in the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in dentistry.

Six-Year Program

Students in the Six-Year PPSP in Dental Medicine will be eligible to enter the School of Dental Medicine upon the completion of four semesters of pre-professional (undergraduate) study provided the following conditions are met:

  • Students complete all prerequisite courses for dental school.
  • Students maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better for all coursework, including grades of B or higher in the required courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
  • Students must take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) and achieve an average score of 18 or better on both the Academic Average and the Perceptual Ability sections of the exam. The DAT should be taken upon completion of the biology and chemistry prerequisites no later than April of the student's second academic year.
  • Students receive an enthusiastic letter of evaluation from the pre-health advisor and mentor that affirms their expectations for outstanding personal development including, but not limited to, involvement and leadership in undergraduate activities and community programs; clinical experiences that enhance a student's appreciation for dentistry; scholarly pursuits, research, artistic, or athletic activities, or other experiences that further add to a student's personal growth.
  • Students must maintain the highest standards of personal and academic integrity, including with online materials.


Eight-Year Program

Students in the Eight-Year PPSP in Dental Medicine will be eligible to enter the CWRU School of Dental Medicine upon the completion of their bachelor's degree provided the following conditions are met:

  • Students must complete the prerequisite courses for dental school and obtain their bachelor's degree within four years of matriculation as a first-year freshman at CWRU.
  • Students maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better for all coursework, including grades of B or higher in the required courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.
  • Students must take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) and achieve an average score of 18 or better on both the Academic Average and the Perceptual Ability sections of the exam. The DAT should be taken by January of the student's third year, though scores taken before May of the student's third academic year will be considered.
  • Students receive an enthusiastic letter of evaluation from the pre-health advisor and mentor that affirms their expectations for outstanding personal development including, but not limited to, involvement and leadership in undergraduate activities and community programs; clinical experiences that enhance a student's appreciation for dentistry; scholarly pursuits, research, artistic, or athletic activities, or other experiences that further add to a student's personal growth.
  • Students must maintain the highest standards of personal and academic integrity, including with online materials.


Bachelors-to-DMD Articulation Agreement

Participants in this 3+4 program complete three years of undergraduate coursework at the home institution before committing to starting the four-year DMD curriculum at CWRU SODM. To complete this program, the following conditions must be fulfilled:

  • The participant appropriately declares his/her intention to be considered for the 3+4 program at a home undergraduate institution as prescribed. A concurrent application must also be submitted directly to the CWRU School of Dental Medicine (NOT through AADSAS). Students who transfer from community college or another undergraduate institution are excluded.
  • The participant must complete all bachelor's degree requirements as dictated by the home undergraduate institution, maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.25 in overall and science-rigorous coursework (according to AADSAS rules).
  • The participant must maintain an AADSAS-calculated minimum GPA of 3.25 in overall and science coursework. A student may not earn a C in his/her undergraduate transcript. All prerequisites must be taken by the completion of the third year of undergraduate study.
  • Completion of the following upper-level science coursework is strongly recommended: biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, advanced molecular biology, physiology, human or comparative anatomy (science-rigorous), evolution, immunology, histology, and neuroscience.
  • Completion of the following social science coursework is also recommended: ethics, statistics, psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, economics, business, community health, and political history.
  • Mastery of a critical language (including American Sign Language) is desirable.
  • The DAT should be taken by January of the student's third year, though scores taken before May of the student's third academic year will be considered. Scores of 18 or better must be achieved in the Academic Average and Perceptual Ability Test parts of the DAT.
  • While not a specific requirement, there is an expectation by CWRU SODM that the participant develops a profile consistent with the goals of our educational community. By the end of the third (junior) year, each participant should have an outstanding record of leadership, scholarship, and service that prepares him/her for the responsibility of professional stewardship to a diverse community of patients as an engaged scholar and health care practitioner.
  • Participants are required to meet with their pre-health advisor and an admissions officer from the CWRU SODM at least once each undergraduate semester to discuss his/her progress in the curriculum and preparation for the dental school curriculum.
  • An institutional letter of evaluation must be submitted by the home institution's pre-health advisor or institutional committee before the participant can begin his/her fourth year at Case SODM. This evaluation should address the participant's relationship with advising resources and the participant's pre-professional attributes and competencies in preparation for the SODM curriculum and its early exposure to patients.
  • If an applicant loses eligibility to participate in this program at the undergraduate level, he/she is encouraged to apply through the traditional application process.
  • Satisfactory completion of all coursework at CWRU SODM. A bachelor's degree from the home institution is awarded after successful completion of the first year of dental school, and the DMD is awarded after the participant fulfills all graduation requirements for the SODM.


Participating Schools


Process for high school applicants

A high school applicant petitioning to participate in a 3+4 articulation program must be accepted by the partnering undergraduate institution by the conclusion of the published regular admissions deadline. Each undergraduate admissions office forwards selected applications to the CWRU SODM Office of Admissions for further consideration. The Office of Admissions will invite desirable applicants for interviews during the months of March and April, and final decisions will be made by around April 15.

Upon acceptance into the 3+4 program, each participant should meet with the staff of the Office of Admissions at least twice yearly and with the undergraduate institution's pre-health advisor at least twice yearly. These meetings are designed to check on the progress of the students during the undergraduate phase of this program and address any problems or questions.


Information for Participants in their last year (PPSP or 3+4)

Once a participant feels he/she is ready to enter our dental program in the following summer, he/she must complete an internal application (available to pre-health advisors) by the end of the fall semester. The internal application must be completed and returned before January 1 (unless otherwise noted).

After submitting the internal application, the participant must schedule a final visit to the School of Dental Medicine for a final interview, tour of the school, and a discussion regarding financial aid. This interview should be scheduled in January so that an official offer letter can be crafted and delivered in a timely manner. A passport-style photograph is required upon arrival.

The final offer letter will be issued after the participant interviews, submits official transcripts current through the fall semeter, submits a copy of his/her DAT scores, and submits an enthusiastic letter of evaluation from the undergraduate health professions advisor or committee.

Upon completion of the file, at the next convenient date when offers are delivered, an offer of admission will be issued to the advisee.

Advisees who are ready for the transition to dental school will have a record not only of outstanding academic performance but also of exemplary initiative, dedication, and leadership that reflects his/her maturity, insight, and full potential as a member of the dental profession.

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