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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: www.adea.org. 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 Biological Principals, 112 The Biological World, or 205 Genetics; 221 & 222 Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs, or 310 Physiology, or 330 Human Physiology; 339 Microbiology and Immunology
  • Chemistry — Two semesters of general/inorganic chemistry with laboratory (Chemistry 125 & 126, 135 & 136 General Chemistry I & II and labs; 140 Advanced General Chemistry and 310 Quantitative Analysis and Chemical Equilibrium). Two semesters of organic chemistry with two credits of laboratory (Chemistry 245 & 251 Organic Chemistry I, 246 & 252 Organic Chemistry II)
  • Physics — Two semesters of physics with laboratory (Physics 145, 146 General Physics I & II)
  • Biochemistry (BBMB 325)
  • English and Writing — Two semesters of courses from English (literature or creative writing) or Composition (Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse 210 Writing for Diverse Purpose)

Note: Requirements vary. If you have AP/IB credit for Chemistry 125, Chemistry 310 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 

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