Pre-Dental Seminar

Purpose of the Pre-Dental Seminar – PDDS 300

The Pre-Dental Seminar at Creighton University is offered to all students who are preparing to apply to dental school. Students participate in PDDS 300 in either their Junior or Senior year and is a year-long program. Collecting all the elements necessary for a competitive application is the focus of this seminar.


Students are encouraged to continue to reflect on their decision to pursue the dental profession. Guest speakers will provide further exploration of dentistry. A unique opportunity is offered to students for shadowing current students at Creighton’s School of Dentistry during clinics offered there.


Information about the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) application is covered. Students will be advised on collecting letters of recommendation and preparing an updated portfolio of their activities and experiences. Students will also be advised regarding their progress towards a competitive application.


Personal Statement Workshops are provided to have students work on a draft of their personal statement for professional school applications. An Interviewing Skills Workshop is presented and students are encouraged to schedule a practice interview in the Career Center before a dental school interview

Key Components of the Pre-Dental Seminar

In addition to providing information and resources to prepare for an application to dental school, PDDS also encompasses programming and advising to assist students in deciding if this is the best path for them.

Guest Speakers

From current dental students to dental school admissions professionals and experts in the field of healthcare, PDDS gives students the chance to hear from and ask questions to a host of individuals that provide insight into the application process or what to expect in and out of dental school.

COMPAS Journal

PDDS students are provided an online tool to track their dental school application materials with the Creighton Online Medical and Professional Application System (COMPAS) Journal. Students build their application materials through all of PHLC 200 and PDDS 300. The COMPAS Journal is modeled after AADSAS, the national application service used by major dental schools in the country.

Practice Interviews and Workshops

Dental school interviews are a critical part of the application process. Through PDDS, students learn interviewing techniques and participate in feedback-driven practice interviews to prepare for their dental school interviews.

Professional Communication Seminar

Often the first contact that dental schools have with a student is the written word. PDDS provides workshops for students to develop their personal statements and resumes for their applications to dental school.