COVID-19 Update

Application Deadlines
The deadline for the 2020-2021 application has passed.  The priority deadline for the 2021-2022 application is September 1.  The final deadline is October 1.  Applications are submitted through ADEA AADSAS.

Shadowing & Community Service Updates
We understand that during these times applicants have many difficulties to face.

Dental shadowing and volunteer work are important factors in developing an understanding of dentistry, and service to community.

As shadowing and volunteer opportunities have been limited, the admissions committee will take into consideration these unusual circumstances in regard to meeting the shadowing and volunteer hour requirements. Applicants may also document any virtual experiences that they have for consideration by the Admissions Committee (i.e. continuing education course; health webinars; BLS training; dental related presentations).

Applicants are encouraged to continue in-person experiences as soon as it is realistic. Applicants can also list pending or planned activities on their applications.

DAT Scores
We are monitoring the situation in regard to the DAT and testing centers.  Applicants are encouraged to sign up months in advance of your desired testing date to ensure availability.  As of right now, you can submit your application and list a future or planned DAT date.  We will review applications as they come in and see that your DAT is coming.  Applicants can also send us a picture of the unofficial DAT score report, -which is given out the day of the test. We can use that as a place holder until official scores process to continue our review process. Unofficial DAT scores can be emailed to

Online Courses
The UMKC School of Dentistry will accept online classes as long as they are coming from an accredited college or university.  The Admissions Committee does prefer on-campus classes vs. online, but many colleges and universities have gone to online formats due to Covid-19 so students will not be penalized for taking classes in this format.

Spring 2020 Semester Grades

Many universities allowed students to decide whether they would like to change some courses if not all for the spring 2020 semester to pass/fail or credit/no credit. Students who opted for credit/no credit or pass/fail will have the course accepted as long as the student received a pass/credit. We will also accept the credit or pass option as fulfilling our prerequisite should the student have decided this option in a prerequisite course.   Students who had their coursework changed to online and/or pass/fail will not be penalized.  The pass/fail or credit/no credit option would have a neutral impact on a students’ GPA.  Students must keep in mind the importance of the prerequisite foundation to success in dental school and continue to apply themselves in all courses.  We believe that now, more than ever, we need to support students with flexible options that uphold our high academic standards but also acknowledge the significant disruption to their lives as students at this time.