Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine – Illinois

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    Downers Grove, IL
    *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 dental school located in Downers Grove, Illinois. Midwestern University specializes in health sciences and offers 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).

    Although Midwestern Illinois and Midwestern Arizona are owned by the same parent organization, they operate independently and feature separate curricula. For example, dental students take the NBDE Part I after their first year at Midwestern Arizona, while students in Illinois take the same board exam after their second year. Also, Midwestern Illinois facilitates the CRDTS exam, while WREB and NERB are offered at Midwestern Arizona.

    There are 130 students in each dental class cohort. Graduates earn a D.M.D. degree (doctor of dental medicine) and are eligible for postdoctoral residency training in all dental fields.

    Tuition and Fees

    • Tuition: $76,024
    • Annual Increase: 4-7%
    • Student Services Fee (All Years): $652
    • Technology Fee (1st year only): $1,500
    • Surgical Atlas and Telescope Fee (1st year only): $1,802
    • Supply Fee (All Years): $4,895
    • Simulation Lab / Clinic Fee (All Years): $5,875
    • Total Tuition and Fees with 5% annual increase: $385,693.00

    Tuition and Fees

    ExpenseFirst YearSecond YearThird YearFourth Year
    Student Services Fee$679$679$679$679
    Technology Fee$1,543
    Surgical Atlas and Telescope Fee$1,475
    Instrument Rental Fee$2,352$2,352$2,352$2,352
    Supply Fee$5,098$5,098$5,098$5,098
    Simulation Lab / Clinic Fee$6,118$6,118$6,118$6,118

    Tuition and fees: $415,625*

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


    Before an invitation is issued to attend an on-campus interview, applicants must meet the admission requirements listed previously. After the Office of Admissions receives all required application materials, applicant files are reviewed to determine whether an applicant merits an invitation for an interview. Applicants may also be placed on a waiting list pending possible openings in a later part of the admissions cycle. Interviews are typically held between September and May of a given admission cycle. Invited applicants must attend an on-campus interview to achieve further consideration in the admissions process.

    The on-campus visit, which includes multiple mini-interview sessions, generally takes six hours. Applicants will be evaluated on verbal communication skills, understanding of the optometry profession, commitment to patient care, and other elements as determined by the College. Applicants will also learn more about Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine, CCO, financial aid programs, student services, and campus housing, as well as tour the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Downers Grove Campus and Medical Campus.

    Following the interview, an applicant’s file will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. The committee may recommend accepting, denying, or placing students on an alternate list. Recommendations are then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. The Dean, via the Office of Admissions, notifies applicants of their status within two weeks of their interview date, provided that the file is complete.

    Any request for withdrawal of an application must be made in writing.


    To be eligible for enrollment, an applicant must earn a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must possess a science and cumulative GPA over 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. A minimum biology/chemistry/physics (BCP) science and cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, as calculated by AADSAS, is required to receive a supplemental application. A bachelor’s degree must be completed before starting the program.

    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


    3 Semester/4 Quarter hours


    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


    Competitive Admissions

    Within its competitive admissions framework, 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 Aptitude 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 in which applications are reviewed and interview decisions are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle. Interviews are conducted and selection decisions for the College are made until the class is filled. Applicants are notified of their selection status within three to four weeks after their interview date. To be competitive within this process, candidates should apply early in the admissions cycle.


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    Vision of ONE

    As it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the entire college to develop a competent and confident clinician. Everyone involved with CDMI, working as ONE team, should have that ONE singular purpose of developing competent and confident clinicians in mind as they approach each day.

    The following themes guide the CDMI in pursuit of the Vision of ONE.

    1. Remembering ONE purpose of developing competent and confident clinicians
    2. Inspiring the desire for growth and development in everyone
    3. Modeling the concept of ONE team from Admissions to Graduation
    4. Teaching the teachers and leading the leaders
    5. Standardizing the CDMI faculty to uniform instruction
    6. Empowering students to be partners in their education
    7. Empowering staff to be partners in the education of the students
    8. Developing leadership skills that bring out the best in the students
    9. Utilizing patient centered care to foster empathy by precept, example, and service
    10. Leading others to act for the betterment of the larger whole – group, class, school, profession, and community
    11. Empowering students to believe in themselves
    12. Teaching students the importance of lifelong learning
    13. Instilling in students the importance of balance and humility in life
    14. Helping students to develop good habits that will last a lifetime
    15. Developing a culture of opportunity
    16. Developing a culture of optimism
    17. Developing a culture of exceptionalism with humility

    Core Values

    The College of Dental Medicine-Illinois will achieve its mission and vision through emphasis on the following goals;

    1. Develop innovative educational programs that prepare students for ethical clinical practice of the highest quality.
    2. Create a humanistic learning environment based upon collegiality and professionalism, modeled by faculty in an atmosphere of cooperation, teamwork, shared knowledge, and mutual respect.
    3. Provide a patient-centered, comprehensive care program that considers the overall well-being of the patient.
    4. In cooperation with Midwestern University colleges and programs, develop an interprofessional model of learning and practice that will prepare practitioners for the healthcare team of the future.
    5. Create an environment of diversity that is valued and visible among the students, staff, faculty, and patients.
    6. Encourage lifelong learning based on science, evidence, and critical thinking that emphasizes continuous professional development and change.
    7. Promote scholarly achievement and research that emphasizes the development of new knowledge in education, learning, and healthcare delivery.
    8. Demonstrate leadership in oral health care among students, staff, and faculty through integrity, innovation, responsibility, and service to the community.


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

    1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to matriculation.
    2. Completion of the prerequisite coursework.
      • Grades of “C” or better (grades of “C-” are not acceptable)
      • To receive a supplemental application, students must have minimum cumulative and BCP science GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, as calculated by AADSAS
    3. Competitive exam scores on the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT).
      • Scores on the DAT must be submitted directly to AADSAS
      • Scores in the area of 18 or higher will be expected for the Academic Average, Reading Comprehension, Perceptual Ability, and Total Science sections
      • Only DAT exam scores earned from tests taken no more than three years prior to matriculation are acceptable
    4. Two letters of recommendation.
      • One must be from either a predental advisory committee or a science professor
      • The CDMI prefers other letters from either someone with a D.O./M.D. or D.D.S./D.M.D. degree and/or professionals who can testify to the integrity and ethical standards of the applicant
      • Letters written by immediate family members are not acceptable
      • All letters of evaluation must be submitted directly by the evaluators to AADSAS
    5. Demonstration of a sincere understanding of, and interest in, the humanitarian ethos of healthcare and particularly dental medicine.
    6. Demonstration of a people or service orientation through community service or extracurricular activities.
    7. Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous salaried work, volunteer work, or other life experiences.
    8. Oral and written communication skills necessary to interact with patients and colleagues.
    9. Agreement to abide by the Midwestern University Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy.
    10. Passing the Midwestern University fingerprinting and criminal background check.


    First Year

    CORED 1599Interprofessional Education I1
    DENTD 1520The Healthy Orofacial Complex – Clinical4.5
    DENTD 1521The Healthy Orofacial Complex – Didactic3.5
    IBSSD 1501Foundations of Cell Function for Dental Students4.4
    IBSSD 1502Genetics and Immunology for Dental Students4.8
    DENTD 1530Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Preventive Care of Oral Diseases – Clinical5
    DENTD 1531Risk Assessment, Diagnosis, and Preventive Care of Oral Diseases – Didactic4.5
    IBSSD 1503Infectious Disease, Skin, and Blood Disorders for Dental Students3.5
    IBSSD 1504Neural and Musculoskeletal Systems for Dental Students4.5
    IBSSD 1505Cardiovascular System for Dental Students2.9
    DENTD 1500Healthcare Communication1
    DENTD 1540Treatment Planning and Initial Therapeutic Interventions – Clinical4
    DENTD 1541Treatment Planning and Initial Therapeutic Interventions – Didactic4
    IBSSD 1506Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Students3.3
    IBSSD 1507Respiratory and Urogenital Systems for Dental Students4.1

    Second Year

    DENTD 1610Management of Complex Oral Conditions – Clinical5.2
    DENTD 1611Management of Complex Oral Conditions – Didactic3
    IBSSD 1608Clinical Neuroscience for Dental Students3.5
    IBSSD 1609Endocrine and Reproductive Systems for Dental Students2.5
    DENTD 1620Diagnosis and Rehabilitative Dentistry – Clinical6.5
    DENTD 1621Diagnosis and Rehabilitative Dentistry – Didactic4.5
    DENTD 1625Dental Pharmacotherapeutics (1.5 total credit hours (CH), 0.5 in the Fall Quarter)0.5
    IBSSD 1610Gastrointestinal System for Dental Students3
    PHARD 1640Pharmacology for Dental Students (5.0 total CH, 2.0 in the Fall Quarter)2
    CORED 1699Interprofessional Education II1
    DENTD 1625Dental Pharmacotherapeutics (1.5 total CH, 1.0 in the Winter Quarter)1
    DENTD 1630Comprehensive Oral Healthcare – Clinical6.5
    DENTD 1631Comprehensive Oral Healthcare – Didactic4.5
    IBSSD 1620Basic Sciences Integration Course3
    PHARD 1640Pharmacology for Dental Students (5.0 total CH, 3.0 in the Winter Quarter)3
    DENTD 1640Oral Health Sciences 2.4 – Clinical10.3
    DENTD 1641Oral Health Sciences 2.4 – Didactic7.5
    IBSSD 1621Clinical Sciences Integration Course3

    Third Year

    DENTD 1710Oral Health Sciences 3.1A13.5
    DENTD 1711Oral Health Sciences 3.1B3
    DENTD 1715Patient Assessment and Diagnosis of Head and Neck Disorders2
    DENTD 1788AComprehensive Clinical Course 1A2
    DENTD 1720Oral Health Sciences 3.2A13.5
    DENTD 1721Oral Health Sciences 3.2B3
    DENTD 1788BComprehensive Clinical Course 1B2
    DENTD 1730Oral Health Sciences 3.3A13.5
    DENTD 1731Oral Health Sciences 3.3B3
    DENTD 1788CComprehensive Clinical Course 1C2
    DENTD 1740Oral Health Sciences 3.4A13.5
    DENTD 1741Oral Health Sciences 3.4B3
    DENTD 1788DComprehensive Clinical Course 1D2

    Fourth Year

    DENTD 1810Oral Health Sciences 4.1A13.5
    DENTD 1811Oral Health Sciences 4.1B3
    DENTD 1888AComprehensive Clinical Course 2A2
    DENTD 1820Oral Health Sciences 4.2A13.5
    DENTD 1821Oral Health Sciences 4.2B3
    DENTD 1888BComprehensive Clinical Course 2B2
    DENTD 1830Oral Health Sciences 4.3A13.5
    DENTD 1831Oral Health Sciences 4.3B3
    DENTD 1888CComprehensive Clinical Course 2C2
    DENTD 1840Oral Health Sciences 4.4A13.5
    DENTD 1841Oral Health Sciences 4.4B3
    DENTD 1888DComprehensive Clinical Course 2D2

    Contact Information

    555 31st Street
    Downers Grove, IL 60515-1235
    Phone: 630-515-7350
    Fax: 630-515-7290

    Office of Admissions

    555 31st Street
    Downers Grove, IL 60515-1235
    Phone: 800-458-6253 or 630-515-7200
    Fax: 630-971-6086
    Email: admissil@midwestern.edu

    Financial Aid

    Phone: 630-515-6101

    Student Affairs

    Phone: 630-515-6470

    Minority Affairs / Diversity

    Phone: 630-515-6470


    Phone: 630-971-6400