Pre-Dentistry

Pre-Dentistry

Dentistry is devoted to maintaining the health of teeth, gums, and other hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Early detection of oral cancer and systemic conditions that manifest themselves through the mouth are necessary for the maintenance of general health. The dentist is a person dedicated to the highest standards of health through the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all oral diseases and conditions.

Pre-Dentistry

Plan Your Path to Dental School

Download Our Application Timeline Map

  1. Meet with a Pre-Health advisor to create a comprehensive academic and co-curricular plan
  2. Research application requirements
    • See specific school websites for any specific application requirements which may vary by dental school
    • Meet with a representative of the dental school for specific questions and guidance
  3. Take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) – required by some schools
    • It is recommended that students complete 2 semesters of general biology, 2 semesters of general chemistry, 2 semesters of organic chemistry, and 1 semester of physiology before taking the DAT
    • Plan to take the DAT 13-15 months before your intended enrollment
  4. Apply to dental schools
    • Most schools use the American Association of Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS)
    • Schools in Texas require application through the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Services (TMDSAS).

Suggested Academic Preparation

  • Bachelor’s degree – highly suggested by all programs and any UNL major is a great option
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses
  • Competitive academic record
    • GPA in both science and non-science courses
    • DAT score

Current students: Meet with a Pre-Health advisor to talk more about your Pre-Health goals.

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