Dentistry (DDS/DMD)

**We do not have a dental school at Appalachian State. This page is for informational purposes to support health profession exploration.

Degree Type

  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD)


Dentistry is defined as the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body; provided by a dentist, within the scope of his/her education, training and experience, in accordance with the ethics of the profession and applicable law (

Typical Majors

  • Biology BS (Cell and Molecular) or BA
  • Chemistry BS (Biochemistry) 
  • Exercise Science BS 
  • Psychology BS (Natural Science or Health Studies)
  • Public Health BS 

You can learn about specific degree requirements from the University Bulletin.  

Clinical Exposure

Exposure in a dental setting is expected to be a competitive applicant. Students gain exposure by shadowing with dentists, working in dental practices, and volunteering with organizations that provide free dental care clinics.

Test Type

Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

National Links

NC Programs


Dental Program Comparsion Sheet