Schools of dentistry recommend that students acquire a broad, liberal arts undergraduate education. Students interested in the study of dentistry should become familiar with the specific requirements of the schools to which they plan to apply. These requirements are contained in the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools. See the American Dental Education Association website: Participation in a dental observation internship program is required at some schools and highly recommended for all programs.

The following courses will satisfy the requirements for admission to most U.S. dental schools:

  • Biology 111, 112, 205 Genetics, 310 or 330 Physiology, 339 Microbiology
  • Chemistry — Two semesters of general/inorganic chemistry with laboratory (Chemistry 125, 126, 135, 136; or 140, 240). Two semesters of organic chemistry with two credits of laboratory (Chemistry 245, 246, 251, 252)
  • Physics — Two semesters of physics with laboratory (Physics 155 or 165, 156 or 166)
  • Biochemistry (BBMB 325)
  • English – Two semesters of English writing/composition (110, 210, 310) or any English literature course.

Note: Requirements vary. Some schools accept Encounters as writing intensive courses for English. A course in anatomy (e.g. Biology 259) is required by some schools. If you have AP/IB credit for Chemistry 125, Chemistry 240 is not required.

FAQs for Dentistry

What are some programs attended  by recent alums?

University of Washington
Oregon Health & Sciences University
University of California - San Francisco

How do I apply?

55 dental schools participate in the common application administered by the American Dental Education Association