Students accepted into this program will spend their first three years at FDU. The following four years will be spent at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM). Following the successful completion of the first year of study at RSDM the student will be awarded a B.S. degree by FDU.

Admission requirements

Students who are in their fourth semester at FDU and who meet the application criteria may apply. Applicants must have had secondary school preparation in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. Please speak to the FDU preprofessional advisor for additional information on application criteria.

Following evaluation of applications by FDU and RSDM Admissions Office, the Joint Admissions Committee will decide which applicants to interview at FDU and RSDM. The interview at RSDM will be conducted by a member of the RSDM Admissions Committee. The final decision will be made by the Joint Admissions Committee following the review of the interviewers’ comments.

Admission to RSDM

Final admission into the New Jersey Dental School is dependent on satisfactory completion of the following:

  • 98 credits as listed below at Department of Biological Sciences, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • A minimum grade point ratio of 3.50 and a minimum grade of “B” in each of the science courses required for admission to RSDM. There shall be no final grade of “D”, “F” or “I” in any course required for admission to RSDM, appearing on the student’s transcript
  • A satisfactory score on the Dental Aptitude Test must be submitted prior to admission to RSDM
  • Recommendations from at least four FDU faculty members including the director of the School of Natural Sciences and the preprofessional adviser
  • Students wishing to participate in the program must apply in writing to the pre professional adviser no later than completion of 60 credits at FDU
  • Participation in any orientation programs required by RSDM
  • Final entrance into the D.M.D. program is contingent on satisfactory performance in all six semesters at FDU.

Degree Plan

NOTE: All students are required to complete the General Education Requirements of their campus in fulfillment of their Bachelor degree requirements. [Florham Campus students are required to take SPCH 1107 Fundamentals of Speech and  PHIL1440 Bio-Medical Ethics as part of their general education requirements]

Semesters 1 and 2

Semester 3 and 4

Semesters 5 and 6

Semesters 7 and 8

  • Approved credits taken at professional school (29 credits)

Cognate Requirements

Semesters 1 and 2

Semesters 3 and 4

Semesters 5 and 6

Major Requirements:

  • The Program is designed for students who are accepted into professional school (e.g., School of Medicine, Dentistry, Chiropractic, and Optometry) after three years of undergraduate study.  Twenty-nine credits earned during the first year of professional school are used to supplement the 95 credits earned at FDU to complete the 124 credits required for the BS degree.

A minimum of 124 credits is required for graduation with BS Biology.

Course Descriptions