Interested in a Career in Dentistry?
Entry into a dental school requires that you take the courses shown in the table below.
|English (6 hrs.)
||ENG 102 and ENG XXX
|Biology with labs (8 hrs.)
|General chemistry with labs (8 hrs.)
|Organic chemistry (lab not required) (8 hrs.)
|General physics (no lab required) (6 hrs.)
Students are encouraged to take as many courses as possible to reflect a liberal, but targeted education.
By the end of the spring semester of your junior year, you should take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), and then complete the Associated American Dental School Applied Service, or AADSAS, application over the summer. By the end of the summer before your senior year, you should be ready to submit the application, letters of reference (even if not required until the supplemental application), and official transcripts to the service. You may receive a supplemental application from individual schools later in the fall and then be invited for an interview.
The Dental Admission Test (DAT) consists of 6 sections: quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, survey of the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, organic chemistry), and perceptual ability. Each section is worth 30 points. Many top dental schools require an 18 in each science category. Anything less than a 15 is considered to be an unacceptable score for competitive programs. You should plan to have fewer credit hours your junior year so that you can dedicate as much time as possible to reviewing for the DAT. There are many review books available at area bookstores. Test applications can be obtained online or by contacting:
Dental Admissions Testing Program
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611