Ohio State University College of Dentistry

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    Columbus, OH
    *Note: Cost calculation does not include living expenses, student loan interest, or loan origination fees. 
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    Ohio State University College of Dentistry (OSUCD) is a public dental college located in Columbus, Ohio. The school was established in 1914 and is currently the third largest dental program in the nation when accounting for all pre- and post-doctoral programs.

    OSUCD has 852 academic faculty and staff. The pre-doctoral program enrolls 110 students each year. Post-doctoral education is available in Dental Anesthesiology, Endodontics, General Practice Residency, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Oral Biology.

    The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation provide significant financial support for research activity at OSUCD. A dual D.D.S./Ph.D. program is available to pre-doctoral dental students. The program is supported by a T32 Training Grant which provides full tuition support and a stipend to exceptional research-focused students.

    Tuition and Fees

    • Resident Tuition: 
      • First Year: $34,772
      • Second Year: $45,802
      • Third Year: $45,802
      • Fourth Year: $45,802
    • Non-Resident Tuition: 
      • First Year: $75,955
      • Second Year: $100,223
      • Third Year: $100,223
      • Fourth Year: $100,223
    • Annual Increase: 4-7%
    • University Fees: $1,050
    • Clinical Education Support Fee: 
      • First Year: $2,952
      • Second Year: $3,927
      • Third Year: $3,927
      • Fourth Year: $3,927
    • Books: 
      • First Year: $1,385
      • Second Year: $1,967
      • Third Year: $699
      • Fourth Year: $0
    • Scrubs and Shoes: 
      • First Year: $250
      • Second Year: $50
      • Third Year: $50
      • Fourth Year: $50
    • Vaccinations / Immunizations: 
      • First Year: $1,089
      • Second Year: $50
      • Third Year: $50
      • Fourth Year: $50
    • Board Examinations: 
      • Third Year: $420
      • Fourth Year: $465
    • Miscellaneous Supplies & Expenses: 
      • First Year: $500
      • Second Year: $780
      • Third Year: $236
      • Fourth Year: $184
    • Total Resident Tuition and Fees with 5% annual increase: $201,993
    • Total Non-Resident Tuition and Fees with 5% annual increase: $406,439


    To be eligible to apply to Ohio State’s DDS program, you must complete 9 of the 13 prerequisite courses prior to submitting your application. If you are accepted, all prerequisite courses must be completed before the start of classes. You must receive a grade of a C or better in all prerequisite courses for the course to be counted as a complete. Prerequisite courses older than 10 years (at the time of application) will not be accepted. The exception to this 10-year rule will be English I and English II.

    *You must also complete a minimum of 90 semester hours at an accredited institution.

    If you are taking an Anatomy and Physiology “combo” course, you must complete both semesters of the course to satisfy both the Anatomy and Physiology requirements.

    Ohio State’s course numbers for the prerequisite classes are listed below. If you are unsure whether a course at your school is equivalent to the course offered by Ohio State, you can utilize the course evaluation website. This website contains equivalencies for numerous schools. If the school you are looking for is not listed you can utilize Transferology, another online resource for course evaluation.

    Pre-Requisites Courses

    • Anatomy (Basic Human Anatomy) –Dissection isimportant
    • Physiology
    • Biochemistry
    • Microbiology
    • Biology I
    • Biology II
    • General Chemistry I
    • General Chemistry II
    • Organic Chemistry I
    • Organic Chemistry II
    • Physics I
    • English I
    • English II

    Labs: If a lab is required as part of a course, then the lab is required. If the lab itself is a separate course, then it is NOT required.


    ANAT 2700 Human Anatomy with Lab (Lab required)

    PHYS 2601 Human Physiology

    PHYS 2602 Human Physiology Lab (Lab is not required since it is a separate course)


    Years 1 and 2:

    • Basic sciences, preclinical dentistry and early clinic courses
    • Taught through lecture, computer-assisted self-instruction, laboratory experience and clinical activities
    • Some courses extend into third and fourth years

    Years 3 and 4:

    • Emphasis on clinical experiences and patient treatment under faculty supervision
    • Programs in general practice, care for homebound patients and training at college clinic and off-site clinics


    To produce dental professionals who are prepared for entry into practice, advanced education, or specialized practice.

    Graduates are prepared to meet the oral health care needs of citizens of Ohio and the nation, to conduct research that will expand the scientific base upon which dentistry is practiced, and to provide service to the profession.