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Do you need organic chemistry for dental school?

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Do you need organic chemistry for dental school?

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Organic chemistry is a very common prerequisite for dental schools. According to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), dental schools have traditionally required applicants to have taken two semesters of general chemistry, and two semesters of organic chemistry, including labs. Some schools, however, will allow substitutions; for example, a school may allow an applicant to take a semester of biochemistry in place of one's second organic chemistry class. However, this being said, all ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) dental schools require both inorganic and organic chemistry.

There is another reason that taking two semesters of organic chemistry is important. Organic chemistry is one of the major components of the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). Temple University, in their pre-dental requirements list, strongly recommends that applicants take both Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II, regardless of whether or not a dental school requires both classes, due to the fact that both are tested on the DAT.

For more information on dental school, check out this article: Dentist Education Requirements and Career Information

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