Preparing for your interview

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health’s (ATSU-ASDOH) innovative dental education program is a four-year curriculum. In the first two years, students focus on health sciences, clerkships in general dentistry, and dental simulation exercises. In the third and fourth years, students participate in the on-campus clinic and practice in community-based health centers. The school places special emphasis on patient care experiences through simulation, integration of biomedical and clinical sciences, and problem-solving scenarios to achieve clinical experience and includes a strong component of public health, leadership, and practice. In addition to the issues of oral health and the skills of dentistry, students are encouraged to become caring, community-minded healthcare providers. Graduates are expected to be leaders in their communities and managers of public, not-for-profit, and private sector oral health organizations.

Interview Schedule

ATSU-ASDOH Administration Building
5835 E Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206

The interview day consists of:

ASDOH Admissions Briefing

Dean’s Welcome

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.

Panel Interview: Each applicant will have an individual panel interview.

MMI: The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) with a standardized patient- the MMI is a circuit of three timed independent interview stations with a standardized patient. Each interview station is unique and chosen for its relevance for assessing a candidate’s overall acceptability for admission into the program. At the conclusion of the interviews, MMI score sheets for each applicant are processed and forwarded to the Admissions Committee.

Presentation: You will watch videos / PowerPoint slides to learn more about the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health.

Lunch with Student Ambassadors / Clinic Tour

Wrap Up / Campus Tour

Interview Day Schedule (In-Person Interviews)
Monday and Friday interviews
Interview Day Schedule (Virtual Interviews)
Thursday Interview
7:30 a.m. Interviewee Check-in7:30 a.m. Interviewee Check-in
8:00 a.m. ATSU Admissions Welcome8:00 a.m. ATSU Admissions Welcome
8:05 a.m. ASDOH Dean’s Welcome8:05 a.m. ASDOH Dean’s Welcome
8:40 a.m. Group Activity8:40 a.m. Group Activity
9:00 a.m. Interviews/ MMI/Presentation/ Ortho & Special Needs Clinic Tour9:00 a.m. Interviews/ MMI/Presentation/ Ortho & Special Needs Clinic Tour
12:00 p.m. Lunch with ASDOH Student Ambassadors / Clinic and Campus Tour12:00 p.m. Wrap Up and ASDOH Student Ambassadors Q&A

Location for In-Person Interviews

Applicants should come to the ATSU/ ASDOH Mesa Campus Admissions office at 5835 E. Still Circle. The building is the 2-story building on the right just after turning onto Still Circle. Check-in is in the ASDOH Administration lobby and Interviews are held on the 1st floor. Interview day activities begin at 8:00a.m. on Mondays and Fridays. Please make every effort to arrive promptly. Lunch will be provided and refreshments are provided throughout the day.

Virtual Interviews

All interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Applicants will be required to show proof of I.D. at check-in prior to their schedule interview and may be required to show proof of I.D. at the time of their panel interview and MMI. The interview day activities begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Please note all interviews are in Arizona time.

Please make every effort to arrive promptly

Dressing for an interview

  • Wear a solid, conservative suit that fits you well. If it is new, be sure to clip the threads that hold the pockets and back plackets together on your jacket or skirt.
  • Wear minimal jewelry or accessories. Classic or conservative earrings or necklaces are the best choices.
  • Wear minimal perfume or cologne, or none at all. Some people are very sensitive to smells, and an overpowering scent can be distracting, especially if your interview room is small without a lot of ventilation.
  • Wear clean, comfortable shoes with a low heel for women, or loafers for men. Make sure you are comfortable walking a lot in them, and can be in them all day without getting sore feet.
  • Be up-to-date in your clothing, but not too trendy. The graduate health professions school interview is one that looks for prospective students who will look and be viewed as professional, so you need to look the part.
    • For women: Wear conservative tops without plunging necklines and skirts that are not revealing when you bend over or cross your legs. Wear tan or light hosiery with your suit.
    • For men: Wear a long-sleeve shirt with a coordinating conservative, traditional tie. Wear dark dress socks that match your suit pants.
  • Bring a padfolio with a professional cover to store your notes and papers. It is okay to take notes, so bring a nice pen, as well.
  • Make-up should be light and natural, but not too bold or dark in color.
  • Make sure your nails are manicured or neatly trimmed. Nails that are painted should be of a conservative length and a neutral color. Nail art or bright paint colors can be distracting.
  • Ethnic culture may dictate that cultural dress or head coverings are expected in public settings, and these are fine.
  • Leave your earbuds and cell phone in your car.

Virtual Interview Tips

  • Dress as you would on an actual in-person interview day. Even if someone might not see your entire outfit, all of this is to help you “get into character”.
  • TURN OFF YOUR PHONE! Do not just mute your phone, turn it off. Unless, of course, you are using your phone for your interview, but also try and avoid using Zoom on your phone to interview if you can.
  • Change your Zoom screen name to your first (preferred) and last name. On in-person interview days, we typically give out name tags to everyone, setting your screen name as your first and last name is far more professional and helps us immediately identify you.
  • Test all of your equipment ahead of time with a friend (laptop, mic, camera, etc.). One of the biggest issues is microphone feedback. It can ruin the experience for everyone if one person has faulty equipment or settings.
  • Choose a location in your house that is simple and preferably quiet. Do not try to impress anyone with the room or location where you interview.
  • Mute your microphone when you are not obligated to talk, especially if you are listening to a general information session.

Traveling to Mesa and ASDOH

While planning your trip to Mesa, view these helpful links to get you started.


Check out conveniently located hotels in the East Valley. It’s important to note that some hotels offer shuttle services to and from the airport and some hotels also have free or nominal charge shuttles to our campus. Please inquire at the hotel of your choice to see if they offer this service.

Residence Inn by Marriott, Phoenix Gilbert
3021 East Banner Gateway Drive
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Phone: 480.699.4450
*ATSU rates & shuttle service – 1.7 mi

Country Inn & Suites, Mesa
6650 E Superstition Springs Blvd
Mesa, AZ 85206
Phone: 480.641.8000 / Toll Free: 800.596.2375
*ATSU rates & shuttle service – 1.8 mi

La Quinta Inn & Suites, Mesa
6530 E Superstition Springs Blvd
Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 654-1970 · (800) SleepLQ
*ATSU rates & shuttle service – 2.0 mi

Arizona Golf Resort Hotel & Conference Ctr
425 S Power Rd
Mesa, AZ 85206
Phone: 480.832.3202 / Toll Free: 800.528.8282
*ATSU rates & shuttle service – 2.08 mi

Windemere Hotel & Conference Ctr
5750 E Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85205
Phone: 480.985.3600 / Toll Free: 800.888.3561
*ATSU rates & shuttle service – 2.26 mi

Sleep Inn, Mesa
6347 E Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85206
Phone: 480.807.7760
3.3 mi from campus

Best Western Legacy Inn
4470 S Power Rd
Mesa, AZ 85212
Phone: 480.457.8181 / Toll Free: 800.780.7234
*ATSU rates & shuttle service – 4.3 mi

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix-Gilbert
1800 S SanTan Village Parkway
Gilbert, AZ 85295

Phone: 480.809.4100
*ATSU rates – 6.6 mi

Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa
1011 E Holmes Ave
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: 480.833.5555
*ATSU corporate rates (2649968) – 8.68 mi

Days Hotel by Wyndham, Mesa
333 W Juanita Ave
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: 480.844.8900
8.8 mi from campus

Courtyard Marriot, Phoenix Mesa
1221 South Westwood Ave
Mesa, AZ 85210
Close to the Airport
Phone: 480.461.3000
*ATSU rates & shuttle service – 10.61 mi

Phoenix Marriott Mesa
200 North Centennial Way
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 480.898.8300 / Toll Free: 800.228.9290
*ATSU rates – 10.7 mi from campus

Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert
3275 South Market Street
Gilbert, AZ 85297
Phone: 480.899.5900
10.9 mi from campus

Local restaurants

Subway: SW corner of Power and Baseline/ Baseline and Higley
Quizno’s: Baseline West of Val Vista (north side) / Higley and Southern
Honeybaked Ham: NW corner of Power and Baseline
Arby’s: Baseline west of Val Vista (south side)
Nelson’s Frozen Yogurt: SW corner of Power and Baseline

Panda Express: NE corner of Power and Baseline Baseline west of Val Vista (north side)
Samurai Sam’s: SW corner of Power and Baseline beside Starbucks
Kyoto Bowl: NW corner of Power and Baseline
China Pearl: Val Vista and Baseline (shopping center on south side)
China Lite: Val Vista and Baseline (shopping center of NE side)
Pei Wei: Val Vista and Baseline (shopping center on NW side)

Rubio’s Baja Grill: NW corner of Power & Baseline
Baja Fresh: Baseline Rd west of Val Vista (north side)
El Pollo Loco: Power Rd b/w Baseline and US 60 (east side)
Mi Amigo’s: Southern Ave west of Power
On the Border: Superstition Springs & Power
Serranos: East side of Power Rd. past Southern

Streets of New York: Val Vista b/w Baseline and US 60 (east side) Superstition Springs Blvd west of Power Rd (north side)
Nick & Willy’s: Val Vista b/w Baseline and US 60 (west side)
Pasta Pomodora: Shopping area east of Power, north of Southern
Pizzeria Uno: Superstition Springs Rd east of Power (south side)
Godfather’s: Power just north of 60 (east side)
Olive Garden: Southern west of Power (south side)
Carrabas: Clearfield north of Superstition Springs (behind Harkins Theater)

Sahara Cafe: SE corner of Val Vista and Baseline

Red Lobster: Southern west of Power

Outback Steakhouse: Clearfield north of Superstition Springs (behind Harkins Theater)
Black Angus: Hampton east of Power

Souper Salad: Hampton east of Power (north side)

Casual dining
TGI Friday’s: Power Road b/w Baseline and US 60 (east side)
Chili’s: Power and Hampton
Applebee’s: Southern west of Power (south side)
Crabby Dons: Val Vista and Baseline (in shopping center on south side)
Fuddrucker’s: Southern west of Power
Country Kitchen: Southern west of Power
5 & Diner: Southern west of Power
Buster’s: Superstition Springs west of Power (north side)
Red Robin: Superstition Springs west of Power (north side)
Ruby Tuesday’s: inside Superstition Springs Mall

Denny’s: Power and mall entrance
IHOP: Power south of Baseline (east side)
Coco’s: Power and Hampton
The Good Egg: Val Vista and Baseline

Fast food
Burger King: Power north of Baseline (east side)
McDonald’s: SW corner of Higley and Baseline
Taco Bell: SE corner of Val Vista and Baseline
Arby’s: South on Power (west side)
Wendy’s: Power and Hampton
Sonic: Baseline east of Power
KFC/A&W: Baseline east of Power
Jack in the Box: Power and Baseline (northeast corner)

Airport information

When flying into Phoenix, you have two conveniently located airport options:

Shuttle services

Directions to campus

Super Shuttle Information

T&T Airport Service offers a $120.00 roundtrip special with a meet and greet service from Sky Harbor to your hotel, transportation from the hotel to ATSU, and transportation from ATSU back to Sky Harbor.
Phone: 480-832-3483
Fax: 480-361-7240

Check out the Mesa campus aerial view!
While you’re in Mesa, don’t forget to take time to explore the Mesa community!