Pre-Dental Prerequisites

The last year of pre-dental study must be completed at an accredited four-year degree-granting institution. Only those courses that carry credits toward a baccalaureate degree from the institution in which the candidate receives his or her pre-dental instruction are acceptable.
Currently some colleges are developing new curricula, new grading systems, and modified entrance requirements, and some students may be admitted to college with advanced standing and therefore may be exempt from (CLEP) some elementary courses that are required for admission to dental school.
Applications from students enrolled in such pre-dental programs of study are considered; however, these students can qualify for admission only if the Admissions Committee is satisfied that these programs provide pre-dental preparation at least equal to the minimum entrance requirements outlined below.

Biology (12 semester hours)
Twelve semester hours of general biology or zoology.
Additional courses in cell physiology, comparative anatomy, and embryology are highly recommended. Courses such as histology, human anatomy, human physiology, and microbiology, even though included later in the dental curriculum, are desirable.


Chemistry (16 semester hours)
Eight semester hours of general inorganic chemistry which includes qualitative analysis and laboratory work. Eight semester hours of organic chemistry with laboratory work.
Biochemistry is recommended strongly.


Physics (8 semester hours)
Eight semester hours of physics.
Mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electricity, with appropriate laboratory work, should be included in the courses.


Mathematics (6 semester hours)
Analytic geometry and differential and integral calculus are recommended strongly.


Non-Science Courses (30 semester hours)
The requirement that at least 30 semester hours of non-science coursework be included in the pre-dental program of study assures a broad general education that is the best preparation for a career in dentistry.
Such non-science courses as English (six semester hours) and courses in the social sciences and humanities are commended strongly to meet this requirement. Courses to enhance manual dexterity (sculpting, painting, etc.) also are encouraged.

Physical education, military science, and similar courses are not acceptable as part of the minimum non-science requirements.


Dental Admissions Testing Program
Each applicant is required to participate in the Dental Admission Testing Program conducted by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association and to request that test results be sent to the Admissions Committee. For applications and detailed information, contact DAT. The DAT is administered throughout the year at Sylvan Technology Test Centers:

Dental School application materials can be accessed from The American Dental Education Association