Last updated on September 14, 2023.

Loma Linda University (DH to DDS Bridge)

Program Size
Program Length
21 Months
Application Deadline
June 1, 2024
Program Start
September 23, 2024

Program Contact

Esther Forde Asst. Dean, Admissions and Student Affairs
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Prince Hall, Room 5501 Loma Linda, California 92350
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Are you looking for an alternative to a Post-Bac program?  Have you already applied and discovered you need to strengthen your application?  The Bridge program may be the answer.   It provides DDS applicants with a weak academic profile a chance to enroll in Dental Hygiene. This allows you to prove yourself while preparing for dental school.  There is no waiting list for qualified applicants, contact us today.  The application deadline for DH to DDS Bridge is June 1st.                  

Email: or call 909-558-4621.


  • Priority consideration given for the DDS program after Bridge Program
  • Not required to re-take old sciences
  • Not required to re-take their DAT if Academic Average is 17 or higher
  • Acquire valuable skills and a career if not accepted into dental school
  • Be better prepared for the dental program

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • DDS Science Pre-requisites with a GPA of 2.7
  • DAT with a score of 17
  • DH Pre-requisites with a GPA of 2.5
  • Successful completion of the DH program at LLUSD
  • Apply through AADSAS before second year of DH program

Program Information

Program Type Entry Level
Teaching Method In-Person
Degree Awarded Bachelor
Program Size 10
Program Length 21 Months
Application Deadline June 1, 2024
Program Start Date September 23, 2024
Credit Hours Required to Graduate 117 quarter units + pre-requisites
Supplemental Application Yes
Supplemental Fee Yes
Accepts International Students No
Supports Student Visa No
Program Website

Application Requirements

Required Standardized Tests

Supplemental Requirements

  • Requires supplemental application
  • Requires supplemental fee

Prerequisite Instructions

Dentistry Pre-requisites

  • All dental prerequisites as listed on the LLUSD website
  • DAT required

Dental Hygiene Pre-requisites

  • All dental hygiene prerequisites as listed on the LLUSD website    

*No AP science prerequisite courses accepted

Letters of Evaluation Instructions

2 Letters of Recommendations to be included in the DHCAS application and 1 additional Spiritual Leader Recommendation at the time of LLU Supplemental Application.

Other Requirement Instructions

Admission Requirements

  • Proficiency in verbal and written English
  • 20 hours minimum of observation/shadowing of a dental hygienist
  • Dental assisting experience is strongly recommended.
  • Three letters of reference: employer or dental professional, pre–professional committee or science professor uploaded with AADSAS application. A spiritual leader reference letter should be submitted along with the LLUSD supplemental application.
  • A formal interview (by invitation only).
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended.