How to Select a Pre-Dentistry School
Students interested in completing both their pre-dentistry and dental school educations as quickly as possible should search for schools that offer accelerated education options, such as 5-year or 6-year programs, which combine undergraduate studies with three years of professional dental training. These programs often lead directly from undergraduate programs to Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) programs.
Consider the following when looking for pre-dentistry schools:
- Students who wish to complete their dentistry education as a fluid process at one school will be interested in pre-dentistry programs offered at schools that also offer graduate programs.
- Students who want a more heavily supervised pre-dentistry experience should research individual programs for the amount of specific requirements within the program, such as meetings with advisers.
Pre-Dentistry Program Overviews
Combination Pre-Dentistry and Dentistry Programs
These programs, offered through schools offering graduate dental programs, allows students to spend their first few years of undergraduate study preparing for dental school. Students with exceptional high school GPAs, in combination with ACT and SAT scores, may be able to move into graduate studies in as few as two years, but would not obtain a bachelor's degree. A 6-year program may afford students the opportunity to obtain a bachelor's degree in an unrelated area of study. Coursework for such programs covers topics such as:
Pre-Dentistry Preparation Programs
Pre-dentistry programs not offered in combination with graduate studies are not undergraduate majors that result in specific bachelor's degrees, but are instead offered alongside separate bachelor's degrees. Students work with advisors in order to prepare for dental school admission by taking the Dental Admission Test (DAT) maintaining a high GPA and taking prerequisite courses specific to most dental schools, including:
- Organic chemistry
10 Schools with Pre-Dentistry Programs
|Pacific Union College||4-year, Private|
|University of St. Thomas||4-year, Private|
|University of Maryland||4-year, Public|
|University of North Dakota||4-year, Public|
|University of the Pacific||4-year, Private|
|Central Michigan University||4-year, Public|
|John Hopkins University||4-year, Private|
|Marquette University||4-year, Private|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||4-year, Public|
|Portland State University||4-year, Public|