Pre-Dentistry

The Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association sets as a minimum basis for admission to an approved dental school the successful completion of two full years of academic work in an accredited college of liberal arts and sciences including the following minimum credit hours:

  • English (6 hours)
  • Biological sciences (8–12 hours)
  • General chemistry (8 hours)
  • Organic chemistry (4 hours)
  • Physics (8 hours)

Pre-dental students are advised to take an undergraduate major in either Biology or Chemistry with a strong minor in the other field if they desire to earn a Bachelor of Science degree prior to admission to dental school. Most dental schools require a minimum of three years for admission unless the applicant is exceptionally well qualified.

All applicants for admission to a school of dentistry are required to take the Dental Aptitude Test, which is given three times a year through the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association. It is advised that the candidate complete the Dental Aptitude Test at the earliest possible date within the year preceding the one when he or she wishes to begin dental studies.

For information relating to any phase of this program, consult the Allied Health Sciences Advisory Committee Office, Roosevelt Hall, Room 111.