Pre-Dentistry

Dentists do more than diagnose and treat problems of the teeth, mouth, tongue, lips and jaws.  They are sometimes the first health care professionals to identify a health problem and guide patients to additional medical care.  A variety of specialties allow dental students to tailor their career to their talents: some - like oral surgery - are largely medical, others - like cosmetic dentistry, require aesthetic capabilities.  From pediatric to geriatric dentistry, there are many opportunities to improve the health and quality of life for patients.

Documents

Online Resources


Dental School Websites

Info on Dental Schools:
http://www.ada.org/267.aspx

American Dental Association (ADA):
http://www.ada.org

American Dental Education Association (ADEA): 
http://www.adea.org

Info on the Dental Admission Test (DAT):
http://ada.org/101.aspx

 

Selected Regional Dental Schools and DDG Prog

Creighton University School of Dentistry, Omaha, NE:
http://cudental.creighton.edu/

Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry, Portland:
http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-dentistry/prospective-students/dmd-program/applying.cfm

University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine, Denver, CO:
 http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/dentalmedicine/ProgramsAdmissions/DoctorDentalSurgery/Pages/AdmissionRequirements.aspx

University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Iowa City:
http://www.dentistry.uiowa.edu/missions/education/dds_application_process.shtml 

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis:
http://www.dentistry.umn.edu/programs_admissions/DDS_Program/admissions_information/home.html

University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry, Lincoln:
http://www.unmc.edu/dentistry/dental_program.htm

University of Nevada School of Dental Medicine, Las Vegas:
http://dentalschool.unlv.edu/admissions_prereqs.html.

University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, Oklahoma City: 
http://dentistry.ouhsc.edu/prspectivestudents_3_1.php 

Important Note 
Consult the admissions/application web pages of the professional programs for information on required pre-requisite courses and admissions tests, application procedures, and application deadlines. Some professional/graduate programs will not accept AP or CLEP credits, online courses, or correspondence courses for the core science and math pre-requisite requirements. Many programs also require that all pre-requisite coursework be completed within a certain period of time, e.g., within 5 years prior to application. Policies vary by school and program. Be sure you know the requirements.