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Pre-Dental

Course Requirements

General dental school course requirements include:

  • Two or more semesters of general biology with laboratories
  • Two semesters of general chemistry with laboratories
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratories
  • One semester of physics with laboratory
  • Two semesters of English
  • Suggested additional basic sciences coursework (e.g., genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, anatomy, etc.)

Suggested course work arrangement:

First semester

  • CHEM 1055 Principles of Chemistry I
  • BIO 1044 Biological Interactions
  • FLA 1004 Foundations of Liberal Arts I or FYS 1004 First-Year Seminar

Second semester

  • CHEM 1065 Principles of Chemistry II
  • FLA 1104 Foundations of Liberal Arts II or FYS 1104 First-Year Research Seminar

Third semester

  • CHEM 2155 Organic Chemistry I
  • BIO 2304 Cell and Molecular Biology

Fourth semester

  • CHEM 2165 Organic Chemistry II

Fifth semester

  • PHYS 2115 University Physics I

DAT

The DAT is generally taken in the summer after third year in order to matriculate in the fall following graduation. For this reason, it is suggested that all required coursework be completed by the end of third year.

The DAT tests the following subject areas:

  • Survey of Natural Sciences
    • Biology
    • General chemistry
    • Organic chemistry
  • Perceptual Ability Test
    • Aperture passing
    • Orthographic projection
    • Angle discrimination
    • Paper folding
    • Cubes
    • Form development
  • Reading Comprehension Test
    • Reading comprehension
  • Quantitative Reasoning Test
    • Mathematics

Competitive applicants

  • Overall GPA: 3.5
  • Science GPA (Biology, Chemistry, Physics): 3.4
  • DAT overall score: 18

Factors that increase competitiveness:

  • Community service/volunteer work
  • Leadership
  • Strong communication skills

Other important considerations:

  • Some colleges require documentation of clinical observation time (20 hours for the University of Kentucky)
  • Applications for admissions should be submitted early, preferably by late summer, but no later than October, following third year.
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