Overview for Prospective Students
The dental profession offers many career opportunities, including activities in clinical practice, teaching, research, writing, public health practice, politics, local and international volunteering, community activism, and other types of service. Bluefield College School of Dental Medicine will strive to spark the interest and passion in students to serve their fellow humans in a Christ-centered way.
The proposed Bluefield College School of Dental Medicine will offer a comprehensive 4-year program leading to the D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine or Dentariae Medicinae Doctor in Latin) degree. The focus will be on graduating well-trained general dentists who will be able to immediately begin the practice of general dentistry or enter additional training in general dentistry or one of the dental specialties. Our training will emphasize the care of the medically-complex patient and those for whom dental awareness and care may have been lacking over an extended period of time. Located in the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia, students will receive their clinical training both in the state-of-the-art dental facility located in Tazewell County’s Bluestone Business and Technology Center and in a variety of community health and institutional settings throughout the region.
Admissions Information for the Traditional 4-Year D.M.D. Program
Complete application and admissions information including the details of the application process will be available on this site in January, 2015. The first application cycle will commence in June, 2015 for the 2016-2017 academic year. There will be a standardized application through the ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS, www.adea.org) and a supplemental application unique to Bluefield College School of Dental Medicine available on the School of Dental Medicine Web site. While letters of invitation may be issued, official acceptance of any student may not occur until the School of Dental Medicine has achieved CODA Initial Accreditation status.
At the present time, prospective students should concentrate on doing well in the prerequisite and other courses at a comprehensive 4-year college or university and successfully complete the Dental Admissions Test (DAT).
- English - 6 semester hours, including composition.
- Mathematics (College algebra, calculus, or above) - 6 semester hours.
- Biological Sciences (Biology, biochemistry, zoology for biology majors) - 8 semester hours, including 2 semesters of laboratory; botany will not satisfy this requirement.
- General/Inorganic Chemistry - 8 semester hours, including 2 semesters of laboratory.
- Organic Chemistry - 8 semester hours, including 2 semesters of laboratory.
- General Physics - 8 semester hours, including 2 semesters of laboratory.
Prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited 4-year college or university. All prerequisite courses must receive a letter grade. Any grade lower than C will not be accepted for required coursework. No more than 60 credits will be accepted from a community or junior college and these credits must be validated and accepted for transfer credit by the 4-year institution. Advanced Placement (AP) courses will be accepted for Required Coursework if also accepted by the 4-year undergraduate institution (not a community or junior college). Higher level coursework in the discipline is expected if AP credit is granted. Candidates who are completing a full four-year college curriculum have a distinct advantage for admission over candidates with fewer than four years of college credit.
Other Application Requirements
The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) will be required of all applicants. Evidence of community service and knowledge of dentistry will be expected from each applicant. Shadowing experience and participating in volunteer activities such as the Mission of Mercy clinics (http://vdaf.org/Missions-Of-Mercy/mission-of-mercy.html), Habitat for Humanity, church-related, or other outreach programs is expected. Letters of recommendation from the applicant’s 4-year school and one recommendation from a dentist who can comment on your desire to enter the dental profession will be necessary.
Further details on the application/admissions process will be forthcoming as the School develops. Admissions requirements are subject to change.