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

    ExpenseFirst YearSecond YearThird YearFourth Year
    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:


    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 1501Basic Science Integrated Sequence I4
    BASIG 1502Basic Science Integrated Sequence II4
    BASIG 1503Basic Science Integrated Sequence III4.5
    COREG 1560IInterprofessional Healthcare/One Health0.5
    DENTG 1510Preventive Dental Medicine I1
    DENTG 1512Oral Health Sciences I3
    DENTG 1512LOral Health Sciences I Lab2
    DENTG 1514Healthcare Ethics I0.5
    DENTG 1515Personal Finance0.5
    Total Credits20
    BASIG 1504Basic Science Integrated Sequence IV2.5
    BASIG 1505Basic Science Integrated Sequence V4.5
    BASIG 1506Basic Science Integrated Sequence VI4.5
    COREG 1570IInterprofessional Healthcare/One Health0.5
    DENTG 1520Preventive Dental Medicine II1
    DENTG 1522Oral Health Sciences II2.5
    DENTG 1522LOral Health Sciences II Lab2
    DENTG 1523Healthcare Ethics II0.5
    Total Credits18
    BASIG 1507Basic Science Integrated Systems VII3.5
    BASIG 1508Basic Science Integrated Systems VIII2.5
    BASIG 1509Basic Science Integrated Systems IX4
    COREG 1580IInterprofessional Healthcare/One Health0.5
    DENTG 1534Healthcare Ethics III0.5
    DENTG 1533Oral Health Sciences III2.5
    DENTG 1533LOral Health Sciences III Lab2
    DENTG 1535Introduction to Human Behavior I1
    Total Credits16.5

    Second Year

    PHARG 1601General Pharmacology I2
    DENTG 1612Dental Community Service I0.5
    DENTG 1614Oral Health Sciences IV10.5
    DENTG 1614LOral Health Sciences IV Lab7
    DENTG 1615Dental Ethics and Professionalism I0.5
    DENTG 1617Clinical Case Studies I1.5
    Total Credits22
    PHARG 1621General Pharmacology II3
    DENTG 1622Dental Ethics and Professionalism II0.5
    DENTG 1623Dental Community Service II0.5
    DENTG 1625Oral Health Sciences V10.5
    DENTG 1625LOral Health Sciences V Lab7
    DENTG 1627Clinical Case Studies II1.5
    Total Credits23
    DENTG 1633Dental Ethics and Professionalism III0.5
    DENTG 1634Dental Community Service III0.5
    DENTG 1636Oral Health Sciences VI9.5
    DENTG 1636LOral Health Sciences VI Lab8
    DENTG 1637Anesthesia I1
    DENTG 1638Medical Emergencies1
    DENTG 1639Clinical Case Studies III1
    Total Credits21.5

    Third Year

    DENTG 1721Anesthesia II1
    DENTG 1724Surgical Periodontics General Practice1
    DENTG 1726Special Needs0.5
    DENTG 1728Advanced Imaging1
    DENTG 2000Introduction to Dental Clinic12
    DENTG 2010Intro Clinical Professionalism1.5
    DENTG 2020Clinical Conference I0.5
    Total Credits17.5
    DENTG 1730Introduction to Human Behavior II1
    DENTG 1733Clinical Reviews2
    DENTG 1734Dental Ethics Grand Rounds I0.5
    DENTG 2001Patient Care I12
    DENTG 2011Clinical Professionalism I1.5
    DENTG 2021Clinical Conference II0.5
    Total Credits17.5
    DENTG 1740Implantology1
    DENTG 1742Clinical Pharmacology I1
    DENTG 1745Practice Management I0.5
    DENTG 1749Clinical Topics I1
    DENTG 2002Patient Care II12
    DENTG 2012Clinical Professionalism II1.5
    Total Credits17
    DENTG 1750Practice Management II2
    DENTG 1759Clinical Topics II1
    DENTG 2003Patient Care III12
    DENTG 2013Clinical Professionalism III1.5
    DENTG 2022Clinical Conference III0.5
    Total Credits17

    Fourth Year

    DENTG 1822Clinical Grand Rounds1
    DENTG 1823Practice Management III1
    DENTG 1824Clinical Service Learning I1
    DENTG 2004Patient Care IV11
    DENTG 2014Clinical Professionalism IV1.5
    Total Credits15.5
    DENTG 1832Dental Ethics Grand Rounds II0.5
    DENTG 1834Clinical Service Learning II1
    DENTG 1836Advanced Topics I1
    DENTG 1837Practice Management Selectives0.5
    DENTG 1838Clinical Pharmacology II1
    DENTG 2005Patient Care V11
    DENTG 2015Clinical Professionalism V1.5
    DENTG 2023Clinical Conference IV0.5
    Total Credits17
    DENTG 1842Dental Ethics Capstone0.5
    DENTG 1843Clinical Service Learning III1
    DENTG 1845Advanced Topics II1
    DENTG 1847Occlusion Capstone1
    DENTG 2006Patient Care VI11
    DENTG 2016Clinical Professionalism VI1.5
    Total Credits16
    DENTG 1852Clinical Service Learning IV1
    DENTG 2007Patient Care VII11
    DENTG 2017Clinical Professionalism VII1.5
    Total Credits13.5

    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