Dentists are oral health specialists who are highly qualified and licensed to diagnose and treat conditions and diseases that impact the teeth and gums of their patients. They provide health services ranging from routine to extreme complex procedures. Gaining acceptance into a dental program is challenging, and students need to maintain a high level of academic excellence to be competitive. Becoming a dentist generally requires an additional four years of education beyond the bachelor’s degree. Dental schools offer one of two types of advanced degrees, either of which will prepare you for a successful career in dentistry:
While every dental school is different, there is typically little difference in the type of training you will receive in either a DMD or DDS program. As of 2022, there are 70 accredited dental schools in the US, and the Indiana University School of Dentistry is the only one located in Indiana, offering a DDS degree.
The admission criteria for each dental program are unique to that college or university. While the following table includes the most common pre-requisite courses for dental programs in the US, additional courses may be recommended. Students should work with their advisor to ensure all pre-requisite courses are completed in a timely fashion depending on the programs to which you plan to apply.
|Introductory Biology||Two, w/lab||BIO203 and BIO204|
|Microbiology||One, w/lab||BIO214 or BIO340|
|Human Anatomy||One, w/lab||BIO225|
|Human Physiology||One, w/lab||BIO226 or BIO334|
|Biochemistry||One, w/lab||BIO310 or BIO311/312 or BIO411/412L|
|General Chemistry||Two, w/lab||CHE140/141L and CHE142/143L|
|Organic Chemistry||Two, w/lab||CHE305 and CHE306|
|General Physics||Two, w/lab||PHY110 and PHY111|
Since all dental schools have slightly different expectations, you should thoroughly explore the requirements for each program to which you plan to apply. At Marian, meet early and often with your advisor to stay on track for a successful application.
A competitive candidate will generally:
"I had amazing relationships with the biology, chemistry, physiology, and other faculty at Marian University. They guided and encouraged me every step of the way as I completed the pre-dental curriculum. Their mentoring and assistance was invaluable in preparing me to score well on the DAT."
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