Program Description

Dentistry is a rewarding, "personal touch" profession which naturally encourages one-to-one patient relationships. This career leads to a lifestyle that is diversified in its professional activities, creative in its opportunity for flexibility of hours, and provides a challenging, independent, and satisfying work environment.

We invite you to view the information on the American Dental Education Association's Go Dental Page for more information about a career in Dentistry.

Program Website

Program Length

262 units, 4 years

Possible Careers

Doctor of Dental Surgery or Dentist within private practice offices, industrial organizations, hospitals, local, state or fedral public health services, and the armed forces

Application Deadlines

There are currently no published application deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA of 3.2 or higher in science courses
  • Baccalaureate Degree preferred
  • DAT scores of 19 or higher & taken by October
  • Shadowing / Observing / Volunteering - a minimum of 50 hours in a dental setting is required, more is strongly recommended.
  • Fluency in English is required


Required Courses
1.      General Biology w/ lab – 1 year
2.      General Chemistry w/lab – 1 year
3.      Organic Chemistry w/lab – 1 year
4.      Biochemistry - 1 semester or 2 quarters
5.      General Physics w/lab – 1 year
6.      English Composition – 1 year

Science courses must be completed within 5 years of beginning dental school.
Courses must be a C or higher to meet LLUSD requirements.
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Integrating faith and health
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.

Required Program Costs

Academic Year 2024-2025

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Tuition & Fees $89,920 $99,820 $99,820 $99,820
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)
$11,000 $6,750 $1,850 $850

Other Educational Costs

Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Living Expense (Food & Housing Allowance)
Students will be assigned one of the following Living Expense Budget Options:
  • On Campus Dorm
  • $13,150 $15,780 $15,780 $14,465
  • LLU Owned Rental Property
  • $21,000 $25,200 $25,200 $23,100
  • LLU Owned Rental w/ Dependents
  • $22,000 $26,400 $26,400 $24,200
  • Undergraduate Dependent w/ Parents
  • $8,000 $9,600 $9,600 $8,800
  • Off Campus
  • $21,000 $25,200 $25,200 $23,100
    Transportation Allowance $3,500 $4,200 $4,200 $3,850
    Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $3,500 $4,200 $4,200 $3,850
    Federal Student Loan Fees $4,203 $4,625 $4,409 $4,483
    Cost of Obtaining Professional License 0 0 0 $3,795
    Dependent Care
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request
    Disability-Related Expenses
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request


    • Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
    • Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
    • To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.