How many people are accepted each year?

Up to 16.

Are Alabama residents given preference?

No; Program prefers candidates who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Resident card-holders, but will consider all well qualified applicants.

How long is the program, and when does it end?

This is a 30-month program. The program starts in the spring term, which begins the first week in January, and is 5 terms long. The first preparatory term involves preclinical training, classroom sessions, and small group seminars. Students then complete 2 years in clinical training integrated with traditional track students. Students graduate in early June.

Can I take the Alabama board exam after completing the program?

Once you complete the program, you are eligible to take most state or regional licensing exams in the US or Canada, including the exams accepted for Alabama licensure. Slight variations exist from state to state, so you may wish to check with individual states to confirm eligibility.

Is the GPA the most important thing?

No. We are striving for a diverse group of students with a variety of clinical backgrounds. Work experience, research experience, and interview skills are all important, as well as grades.

Do I need to take the DAT or the GRE?

These are not required for admission; however, if you have DAT or GRE scores you may include these in your application.

Do I need to take the ADAT?

The ADAT is not required for admission; however, if you have taken the ADAT you may include this score in your application.

What other items are of importance to the Admissions Committee?

Many things, including but not limited to: letters of evaluation, your personal statement, your CV, your interview, extracurricular activities, knowledge of dentistry as a career, and work history.

Do I need to have private practice experience to be considered?

No. We consider applicants who have just completed dental school.

If I get accepted, when will I hear?

Letters of acceptance for the program are generally extended 1-2 months after the bench test.

What is the difference between a D.M.D. degree and a D.D.S degree?

D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) and D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degrees are equivalent degrees. The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry awards the D.M.D. degree.