Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Arizona

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    Glendale, AZ
    *Note: Cost calculation does not include living expenses, student loan interest, or loan origination fees. 
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    Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine is a private, non-profit dental program that operates under the Midwestern University graduate and professional university. The dental college is located on a 156-acre campus in Glendale, Arizona.

    Midwestern University specializes in health sciences and includes degree programs in dental medicine (DMD), nurse anesthesia (CRNA), optometry (OD), osteopathic medicine (DO), pharmacy (Pharm.D.), physical therapy (PT), physician assistant training (PA), podiatry (DPM), and veterinary medicine (DVM).

    Dental students undergo an intense four year curriculum designed to train highly competent general practitioners. Much of the didactic curriculum is packed into the first two years of schooling, and dental students are strongly encouraged to complete the NBDE part I during their first summer.

    First and second year dental students share basic science courses with optometry students. Furthermore, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine stresses the importance of One Health and seeks to forge partnerships between healthcare practitioners of all stripes. Dental students work alongside their peers in other health professions to better understand the role that each fulfills in the healthcare community.

    Third and fourth year are clinical years and students spend very little time in the classroom. They are paired up and take turns assisting for one another in the clinic. The 242-chair dental facility is 99,000 square feet and was designed in conjunction with Henry Schein Inc.

    Tuition and Fees

    Expense First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
    Tuition* $74,145 $74,145 $74,145 $74,145
    Student Services Fee $652 $652 $652 $652
    Technology Fee $2,575
    Loupes Fee $1,075
    Endodontic Torque Control Motor Fee $985
    Supply Fee $4,895 $4,895 $4,895 $4,895
    Simulation Lab / Clinic Fee $5,875 $5,875 $5,875 $5,875

    Tuition and fees: $406,368*

    *Note: Tuition and fees calculated with an estimated 5% annual increase. 


    To be considered for interviews, applicants must meet the admissions requirements listed previously. They must also submit all of the materials necessary to complete their files, e.g., AADSAS applications, supplemental MWU applications, DAT scores, and two letters of recommendation written by a predental advisory committee, a faculty member, a dentist or physician, and by someone who knows the applicant very well.

    After the Office of Admissions receives these materials, applicant files are reviewed to determine whether applicants merit interviews based on established criteria of the Admissions Committee. Applicants who receive invitations to interview must respond within four weeks. The Chair of the Admissions Committee, with the approval of the Dean, may also place a large number of students on an interview “wait list” pending possible interview openings toward the end of the interview cycle.

    When applicants accept interviews, they join several other interviewees to meet with members of an interview panel, which is selected from a volunteer group of dental faculty. Team members and students question applicants about their academic and healthcare preparedness for dental school, and they rate the applicants on a standardized evaluation form relative to each of these variables. At the conclusion of the interviews, team members forward their evaluations for each applicant to the Admissions Committee. The Committee may recommend to accept, to deny, or place applicants on the alternate list. Recommendations are then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. The Dean, via the Office of Admissions, notifies applicants of their status after the interviews, but not before December 1 of the year preceding matriculation, which is the date that all dental schools have agreed would be the first notification date.

    The interview process typically begins in the summer prior to matriculation and ends in April or May of the matriculation year.


    To be competitive, an applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and possess both a science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and total GPA of 3.00 or more on a 4.00 scale. A minimum science and overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required to receive a supplemental application from the College.

    Prerequisite courses:

    Courses Credits

    Biology with lab

    8 Semester/12 Quarter hours

    General Chemistry with lab

    8 Semester/12 Quarter hours

    Organic Chemistry with lab

    4 Semester/6 Quarter hours

    Anatomy with lab

    3 Semester/4 Quarter hours

    Microbiology with lab

    3 Semester/4 Quarter hours


    8 Semester/12 Quarter hours


    3 Semester/4 Quarter hours


    3 Semester/4 Quarter hours

    English Composition/Technical Writing

    6 Semester/9 Quarter hours

    No grade lower than a C will be accepted for any prerequisite courses.  A grade of C- will not be acceptable. Complete above prerequisite courses.


    Competitive Admissions

    Within the competitive admissions framework, the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine uses multiple criteria to select the most qualified, diverse group of candidates from an applicant pool that greatly exceeds the number of seats available. Applicants are evaluated on academic coursework, performance on the Dental Admission Test (DAT), their application (AADSAS) essays, letters of evaluation, and interviews. Demonstrated community service through volunteerism or service-oriented employment is preferred.

    Rolling Admissions

    Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine uses a rolling admissions process. Applications are reviewed and decisions to interview individual candidates are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle. Interviews are conducted and the selection process of each candidate for College admission is made until the class is filled. Applicants are notified of their selection status as soon as possible after their interview date, but not prior to December 1 of the year preceding matriculation which is the earliest date the U.S. and Canadian dental schools have agreed to extend a position in the class.


    To offer high quality continuing education programs that provide dental practitioners nationally, and ultimately internationally, with knowledge and experiences that foster their professional growth and improve the oral health of the patients they serve.


    The Vision of ONE:  Everyone involved with CDMA, working as ONE team, should have that ONE singular purpose of developing competent and confident clinicians in mind as they approach each day.


    Initiate a sustainable and vigorous Continuing Dental Education program committed to Best Practices for dental healthcare providers and using Evidence Based Dentistry by incorporating advanced technology in dentistry providing life-long learning opportunities for course attendees.

    The Continuing Dental Education program will provide inclusive information marketed through mailings, brochures, publications, and the Midwestern University’s College of Dental Medicine’s website reaching local, national, and international dental healthcare providers of course availability.

    Make available courses to allied healthcare providers promoting Inter-professional Education.


    In order to be considered for admissions, an applicant must:

    1. Complete above prerequisite courses.
    2. Submit competitive scores on the Dental Admission Test (DAT).
      • A total DAT score (summative scores less total Science and Academic Average) should be 110 and above to be competitive
      • Scores in the area of 18 or higher will be expected for the Academic Average, Reading Comprehension, Perceptual Ability and total Science sections
      • The DAT test must have been taken no more than 3 years prior to application
      • Note:  The Canadian DAT can be substituted for the U.S. DAT.  All sections of the Canadian DAT are required.
    3. Submit two letters of recommendation.
      • One must be from either a predental advisory committee or a science professor
      • The other preferentially should be from either someone with a D.O./M.D. or D.D.S./D.M.D. degree and/or someone who can testify to the integrity and ethical standards of the applicant
      • Letters written by immediate family members will not be accepted
      • All letters of evaluation must be submitted directly from the evaluators. The Office of Admissions will not accept letters submitted by students.
    4. Demonstrate a sincere understanding of, and interest in, the humanitarian ethos of health care and particularly dental medicine.
    5. Reflect a service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
    6. Reflect proper motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous salaried work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
    7. Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
    8. Agree to abide by Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
    9. Passing the Midwestern University finger printing and criminal background check.

    Specialty Programs


    First Year

    BASIG 1501 Basic Science Integrated Sequence I 4
    BASIG 1502 Basic Science Integrated Sequence II 4
    BASIG 1503 Basic Science Integrated Sequence III 4.5
    COREG 1560I Interprofessional Healthcare/One Health 0.5
    DENTG 1510 Preventive Dental Medicine I 1
    DENTG 1512 Oral Health Sciences I 3
    DENTG 1512L Oral Health Sciences I Lab 2
    DENTG 1514 Healthcare Ethics I 0.5
    DENTG 1515 Personal Finance 0.5
    Total Credits 20
    BASIG 1504 Basic Science Integrated Sequence IV 2.5
    BASIG 1505 Basic Science Integrated Sequence V 4.5
    BASIG 1506 Basic Science Integrated Sequence VI 4.5
    COREG 1570I Interprofessional Healthcare/One Health 0.5
    DENTG 1520 Preventive Dental Medicine II 1
    DENTG 1522 Oral Health Sciences II 2.5
    DENTG 1522L Oral Health Sciences II Lab 2
    DENTG 1523 Healthcare Ethics II 0.5
    Total Credits 18
    BASIG 1507 Basic Science Integrated Systems VII 3.5
    BASIG 1508 Basic Science Integrated Systems VIII 2.5
    BASIG 1509 Basic Science Integrated Systems IX 4
    COREG 1580I Interprofessional Healthcare/One Health 0.5
    DENTG 1534 Healthcare Ethics III 0.5
    DENTG 1533 Oral Health Sciences III 2.5
    DENTG 1533L Oral Health Sciences III Lab 2
    DENTG 1535 Introduction to Human Behavior I 1
    Total Credits 16.5

    Second Year

    PHARG 1601 General Pharmacology I 2
    DENTG 1612 Dental Community Service I 0.5
    DENTG 1614 Oral Health Sciences IV 10.5
    DENTG 1614L Oral Health Sciences IV Lab 7
    DENTG 1615 Dental Ethics and Professionalism I 0.5
    DENTG 1617 Clinical Case Studies I 1.5
    Total Credits 22
    PHARG 1621 General Pharmacology II 3
    DENTG 1622 Dental Ethics and Professionalism II 0.5
    DENTG 1623 Dental Community Service II 0.5
    DENTG 1625 Oral Health Sciences V 10.5
    DENTG 1625L Oral Health Sciences V Lab 7
    DENTG 1627 Clinical Case Studies II 1.5
    Total Credits 23
    DENTG 1633 Dental Ethics and Professionalism III 0.5
    DENTG 1634 Dental Community Service III 0.5
    DENTG 1636 Oral Health Sciences VI 9.5
    DENTG 1636L Oral Health Sciences VI Lab 8
    DENTG 1637 Anesthesia I 1
    DENTG 1638 Medical Emergencies 1
    DENTG 1639 Clinical Case Studies III 1
    Total Credits 21.5

    Third Year

    DENTG 1721 Anesthesia II 1
    DENTG 1724 Surgical Periodontics General Practice 1
    DENTG 1726 Special Needs 0.5
    DENTG 1728 Advanced Imaging 1
    DENTG 2000 Introduction to Dental Clinic 12
    DENTG 2010 Intro Clinical Professionalism 1.5
    DENTG 2020 Clinical Conference I 0.5
    Total Credits 17.5
    DENTG 1730 Introduction to Human Behavior II 1
    DENTG 1733 Clinical Reviews 2
    DENTG 1734 Dental Ethics Grand Rounds I 0.5
    DENTG 2001 Patient Care I 12
    DENTG 2011 Clinical Professionalism I 1.5
    DENTG 2021 Clinical Conference II 0.5
    Total Credits 17.5
    DENTG 1740 Implantology 1
    DENTG 1742 Clinical Pharmacology I 1
    DENTG 1745 Practice Management I 0.5
    DENTG 1749 Clinical Topics I 1
    DENTG 2002 Patient Care II 12
    DENTG 2012 Clinical Professionalism II 1.5
    Total Credits 17
    DENTG 1750 Practice Management II 2
    DENTG 1759 Clinical Topics II 1
    DENTG 2003 Patient Care III 12
    DENTG 2013 Clinical Professionalism III 1.5
    DENTG 2022 Clinical Conference III 0.5
    Total Credits 17

    Fourth Year

    DENTG 1822 Clinical Grand Rounds 1
    DENTG 1823 Practice Management III 1
    DENTG 1824 Clinical Service Learning I 1
    DENTG 2004 Patient Care IV 11
    DENTG 2014 Clinical Professionalism IV 1.5
    Total Credits 15.5
    DENTG 1832 Dental Ethics Grand Rounds II 0.5
    DENTG 1834 Clinical Service Learning II 1
    DENTG 1836 Advanced Topics I 1
    DENTG 1837 Practice Management Selectives 0.5
    DENTG 1838 Clinical Pharmacology II 1
    DENTG 2005 Patient Care V 11
    DENTG 2015 Clinical Professionalism V 1.5
    DENTG 2023 Clinical Conference IV 0.5
    Total Credits 17
    DENTG 1842 Dental Ethics Capstone 0.5
    DENTG 1843 Clinical Service Learning III 1
    DENTG 1845 Advanced Topics II 1
    DENTG 1847 Occlusion Capstone 1
    DENTG 2006 Patient Care VI 11
    DENTG 2016 Clinical Professionalism VI 1.5
    Total Credits 16
    DENTG 1852 Clinical Service Learning IV 1
    DENTG 2007 Patient Care VII 11
    DENTG 2017 Clinical Professionalism VII 1.5
    Total Credits 13.5

    Contact Information

    19555 North 59th Avenue
    Glendale, AZ 85308
    Phone: 623-572-3800
    Fax: 623-572-3830

    Office of Admissions

    Mr. James Walter
    19555 North 59th Avenue
    Glendale, AZ 85308
    Phone: 623-572-3275

    Office of Student Financial Services

    Ms. Gina Wesolowki
    19555 North 59th Avnue
    Glendale, AZ 85308
    Phone: 623-572-3220

    Student Affairs

    Dr. Ross Kosinski
    Dean of Students
    19555 North 59th Avenue
    Glendale, AZ 85308
    Phone: 623-572-3329


    Mr. Jose Ponce
    Residence Life Coordinator
    19555 North 59th Avenue
    Glendale, AZ 85308
    Phone: 623-572-3848