Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health Requirements

The A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health Requirements program is one of 66 dental programs in the United States of America. The MOSDOH requirements are categorized here in the priority of what an applicant must submit to be considered:


  1. Pre-requisite courses
  2. Minimum number of years of undergraduate study required
  3. GPA


  1. Dentistry Admission Test (DAT)
  2. Dental Shadowing
  3. Letter of References
  4. Personal Essay
  5. Interview

MOSDOH Requirements: Prerequisite Courses

All students applying to MOSDOH must have completed at least a minimum of 3 academic years of undergraduate study (90 semester hours or 120 quarter hours). They must include the following courses: 

Prerequisite CourseRequiredLab RequiredCredits (Semester/Quarter)
General Chemistry8/12
Organic Chemistry8/12
*A semester credit hour is an academic unit earned for fifteen 50-minute sessions of classroom instruction with a normal expectation of two hours of outside study for each class session. Typically, a three-semester credit hour course meets three 50-minute sessions per week for fifteen weeks for a total of 45 sessions. For more information about how long a semester/quarter is click here.

MOSDOH Requirements: GPA Calculation and Requirements

Minimum Overall GPA to ApplyAverage Overall GPA of accepted applicantsLowest Overall GPA AdmittedAverage Science GPA of accepted applicantsLowest Science GPA Admitted

All university courses taken are used in the calculation of the admission GPA.

The overall and science GPA, the school(s) attended, and the rigour of the academic course load are all assessed on an individual basis.

The Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health will accept pass/fail prerequisite courses for Spring/Summer 2020 due to COVID.

MOSDOH Requirements: Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) and Shadowing

DAT and Shadowing Overview:

Dental Shadowing HoursDAT RequiredCAD DAT AcceptedDAT Scores Considered
50*✓**XHighest Score
* Shadowing and community service are recommended but not required and will be evaluated with the pandemic effects considered.
** Due to COVID-19, ATSU-MOSDOH will review and interview applicants without a DAT for the 2020-2021 application cycle. A successful DAT score will be a condition of matriculation.

50 Hours of Dental Shadowing are recommended Shadowing/volunteer hours will be looked at on a case-by-case basis keeping in mind the pandemic effects on these activities.

MOSDOH DAT Admission Score Statistics:

Mean Academic Average ScoreMinimum AA Score Given AdmissionMean Perceptual Ability TestMinimum PAT Score Given AdmissionMean Total ScienceMinimum Total Science Score Given Admission

Dental Aptitude Test: The DAT must be taken within 3 years of the application deadline. Only your academic average DAT score [Survey of Natural Sciences (SNS), Reading Comprehension Test (RCT), and Quantitative Reasoning (QR)] will be used by the admission team. If an applicant has completed the DAT more than once in the 3-year window the highest score will be used when calculations are made.

Students looking to test their knowledge in preparation for the DAT can click on this link to access our free practice tests for both the Canadian DAT and American DAT

Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health: Letter of References

All applicants to the MOSDOH are required to provide two letters of recommendation. We recommend that one letter is from a Science Faculty or Predental Committee Member and one is from a Dentist. However, applicants can also choose to submit letters of recommendation from community service supervisors such as those from volunteer projects.

AADSAS Personal Essays

The MOSDOH will take into account the AADSAS personal essay you submit to the ADEA. Your personal statement is a one-page essay (not to exceed 4,500 characters, including spaces, carriages, numbers, letters, etc.) that gives dental schools a clear picture of who you are and, most importantly, why you want to pursue a career in dentistry. For more information on the personal essay click on the link above.

MOSDOH School of Dentistry & Oral Health Interview:

MandatoryBy InvitationNumber of Applicants InvitedEntering Class Size

Shortlisted candidates will be required to partake in an interview with the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health admissions team. The interview process for the MOSDOH Dental School occurs in two parts:

  1. Group Exercise: Applicants will be placed in groups to discuss a scenario that is presented to them and discuss and present a solution to the scenario.
  2. Interview: Each applicant will have an individual interview with the admissions committee. The specifics of this interview are currently unknown.

If you are looking for interview practice check out our posts on both MMI Practice Questions and Standard Interview Practice Questions.

MOSDOH Offers of Admission Decision:

The MOSDOH’s offers for admission for dental school will be based upon academic course work, performance on the DAT, AADSAS essay, letters of evaluation, and interviews. Demonstrated community service through volunteerism or service-oriented employment is preferred.

Requirements for other Dental Schools in America:

If you would like an in-depth analysis of the dental school requirements for other dental schools in the United States of America click on this link.

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