Requirements vary somewhat for dental programs so it is important to look at the requirements for admission on the web sites of schools to which you plan to apply. The following tables show the most commonly required courses for dental programs. Please note that there may be alternative courses you can take to fulfill requirements so it is important to check with a pre-health advisor to be sure you are completing both your major requirements as well as your prerequisites for Dental School in the most efficient way.
|Requirement||General Description||U of A Course Numbers|
|Biology||8 Semester Hours Biology||
MCB 181R & 181L
ECOL 182 R & 182L
|General (Inorganic) Chemistry||8 Semester Hours Chemisty||
|Organic Chemistry||8 Semester Hours Organic Chemisty||
CHEM 241A & 243A
CHEM 241B & 243B
|Physics||8 Semester Hours Physics||
PHYS 102&181 and PHYS 103&182
(other levels of Physics may fulfill the requirement as well)
|English||6 Semester Hours||
English 101& 102 or
English 109H & additional English class, usually composition
|Discipline||Required/Recommended||General Description||U of A Course Numbers|
|Microbiology||Required for some||3-4 semester hours||
MIC 205A (lecture=3 hours)
MIC 205L (lab=1 hour)
|Statistics||Required for some||3 semester hours||
Suggested: Biostatistics = Math 263
Other stats courses may meet requirement
|Anatomy||Required for some||4 semester hours||Combination of PSIO 201 and 202 meets the 8 semester hour requirement for the combination of anatomy & physiology|
|Physiology||Required for some||4 semester hours||See above|
|Biochemistry||Required for some||3 semester hours||
One of the Following:
BIOC 384, 385 or 462A
|Art||Recommended esp. 3D||3 semester hours||Many options; see pre-health advisor|
The admission test required for Dental Schools is the Dental Admission Test or DAT.
The centralized application service used for application to most dental programs is the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service or AADSAS. This is also referred to as the "primary application," and it goes to all of the schools to which you apply. It includes biographical information, you will input your college-level coursework and credits earned, describe your co-curricular activities and also complete a personal statement, all of which goes to all of your schools. Speak with your pre-health advisor about the right timeline for you to apply to dental schools and learn about the importance of applying early in the application process.
Once your schools review your primary application, they may invite you to complete a "secondary application," which usually includes additional essays and fees. Ideally, you will complete your secondary application within 2 weeks of receiving the invitation.
Students with economic challenges may qualify for the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)'s Fee Assistance Program which offers scholarships for the application process.
From the link above, look on the left side menu under "HELP" to find the Fee Assistance Program (FAP).
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Division of Educational Pathways has launched GoDentalSM, a new career building and social networking site. GoDentalSM is the official web resource for up-to-date information for people on the pathway to dental education and exciting oral health careers. It offers an interactive experience for networking, community development, and engagement.