The Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health’s innovative dental education program is a four-year curriculum. In the first two years of the program, students focus on biomedical and human sciences, integration of oral medicine in the practice of dentistry, and preclinical simulation exercises. In the third and fourth years, students practice dentistry in community-based health centers. The third and fourth year curriculum places special emphasis on patient care experiences through integration of biomedical and evidence-based dental sciences, and problem-solving scenarios to achieve clinical experience. MOSDOH’s curriculum includes a strong component in public health, leadership, and dental 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 a resources to public, not-for-profit, and private sector oral health organizations.

  • All applicants are required to take and submit the U.S. Dental Admissions Test (DAT) scores via the American Dental Education Association Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS) site on or before January 31 of the application year. No scores older than three years will be accepted.
  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative and science grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale (3.0 minimum recommended). The overall and science GPA, the school(s) attended, and the rigor of the academic course load are all assessed on an individual basis.
  • Applicants must provide a minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation. They must be from a Science Faculty or Committee Letter and a Dentist.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
  • A formal minimum of three years college or university coursework from a regionally accredited school in the United States only (90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours), but a baccalaureate degree is preferred.
  • All pre-requisite course work must have been completed from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  • Significant clinical shadowing or experience (100 hours strongly recommended)
  • Significant leadership and service to the underserved (100 hours strongly recommended)

Selection Factors

​Applicants are evaluated on 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.

Prerequisite Courses

All pre-requisite coursework must be taken from a U.S. regionally accredited institution.​ Applicants must have completed the following courses with a grade of C or higher prior to matriculation (C- is not acceptable).

  • General Biology - One year lecture and lab, minimum of 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours
  • General Chemistry - One year lecture and lab, minimum of 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours
  • Organic Chemistry - One year lecture and lab, minimum of 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours
  • Human Physiology - 3 semester hours/ 4 quarter hours
  • Biochemistry - 3 semester hours/ 4 quarter hours - 300 college level minimum
  • Physics (algebra-based) - One year lecture and lab, minimum of 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours
  • English composition/Technical writing - minimum of 3 semester hours/4 quarter hours
  • Human Anatomy - 3 semester hours/ 4 quarter hours

Application Process

Please review our application process page for step-by-step instructions and important information.


We are pleased that you will be attending ATSU’s Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH) in July 2024. Please have all copies of your records to our office by April 1, 2024. MOSDOH requires each student to have documented immunizations from birth to present day. These immunizations can be documented by either:

  • Individual immunization record from childhood or
  • State of Missouri allowable immunization exemption certificates on file with Student Success prior to matriculation. MOSDOH policy requires that all active students maintain compliance with the immunization and screening requirements.

Please pull together your immunization records from childhood and more recently. Once you have gathered the necessary records, please email or fax 660.626.2812

Please have all copies of your records to our office by April 1, 2024. If you have trouble locating your records due to loss of some sort, try contacting your undergraduate school or your high school for copies of your past records. It is MOSDOH policy that we must maintain copies of all your immunization records while an active student. These records are kept for six years after graduation and then destroyed.

Students must provide immunization records for:

  • Covid-19 Vaccine and booster dose
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) series; A booster of Tdap within the last 10 years.
  • Polio series; if documentation cannot be produced, a Polio booster or a titer is required.
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); two doses and a positive titer is required
  • Varicella series; two doses and a positive titer is required (History of Chicken Pox is not accepted)
  • Hepatitis B series; three doses and a positive titer is required
  • Two-step Tuberculosis skin test; Two completed Tuberculosis Skin Tests completed one to three weeks apart or one IGRA blood test
  • Meningococcal; one dose of Quadrivalent (Menactra or Menevo) vaccine.
  • Influenza; clinic will be held on campus in the fall

If you have any questions about the immunization policy, please feel free to email or call 660.626.2844.

Health Insurance

Maintaining personal health insurance coverage throughout the duration of enrollment is a requirement for all ATSU students. You will be required to provide verification of insurance coverage prior to matriculation. Instructions outlining the process for providing your verification of coverage will be provided to you at a later date by the Office for Student Affairs. Learn about ATSU’s insurance requirements or call the Office for Student Affairs at 660.626.2236 for more information.