ASDOH Student

Doctor of Dental Medicine

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When does the application cycle begin?
We participate in AADSAS, the centralized, online application service. Applications are available mid-May at We will accept applications from June 1, to November 15.

What is considered demonstrated community service?
Demonstrated community service through volunteerism or service-oriented employment is preferred. Categories of community service go beyond the profession of dentistry and healthcare. Just a few examples of volunteer organizations are Habitat for Humanity, local hospice, Community Health Center, migrant clinic, and homeless shelter. While shadowing a dentist is a good way to learn about the profession and patient care, shadowing is not considered community service. Keep in mind that applicants are also evaluated based on academic coursework, performance on the DAT, AADSAS essay, letters of recommendation and interviews.

Do I need a bachelor’s degree to apply?
No, we do not require a bachelor’s degree, although it is recommended.

What is the class size?

Does state residency play a role in admissions?
No, we are a private not-for-profit school, so state residency does not play a role in admissions or for tuition purposes.

Is ASDOH accredited?
The dental education program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation may be contacted at 312.440.4653 or at 211 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

This designation provides the full benefits of accreditation for the next four years to all ASDOH students. This includes eligibility for scholarships, student loans, the ability to sit for state licensure exams, and the opportunity to apply to postgraduate programs

What is your DAT code?
03. We only accept U.S. DAT scores.

Can I be selected for an interview if I have not yet taken/submitted my DAT scores?
No. The application must be complete and include official U.S. DAT scores to be reviewed for interview selection.

What are the application deadlines?
November 15 (submitted) – AADSAS
*DAT taken by December 1
January 15 (postmarked) – secondary

Could you please explain the application process to me?

  • Applicant submits materials to AADSAS.
  • Application is forwarded to Admissions Processing Center to verify complete.
  • If applicant meets all requirements, secondary application is sent in mail.
  • Secondary application is returned to processing center, along with application fee.
  • Application is then forwarded to ASDOH campus for review.
  • We select students for interviews and admissions on a rolling basis, and interviews take place between September and March.

What is a completed application?
A completed application includes 1) AADSAS application, 2) secondary application with fee, 3) Official U.S. DAT scores, 4) 3 letters of recommendation

A.T. Still University
Admissions Department
800 W Jefferson Street
Kirksville, MO 63501

Why does my application go to Kirksville?
ASDOH is a school of A.T. Still University. The Admissions Processing Center for all schools and programs that are part of A.T. Still University is located in Kirksville. Your ASDOH application is processed there, but all application review, interview selection, etc., is done on our Mesa Campus.

I am interested in visiting the campus. What should I do?
Call 480.219.6000 for upcoming dates of scheduled tours.