Aspiring dentists are highly encouraged to complete pre-dental programs as undergraduates, but pre-dentistry bachelor’s degree programs are not offered at colleges and universities. Although students enrolled in pre-dentistry programs can major in any field, they typically major in chemistry, biology, or related scientific fields. Most pre-dental programs are comprised of two years of prerequisite courses required to be admitted into dental school.
Earning a bachelor’s degree in a scientific field with an emphasis in pre-dentistry provides students with the background needed to apply to dental school. Additionally, it’s an effective way to prepare for the Dental Admission Test (DAT), which all students applying to dental school are required to take. Regardless of major, students completing pre-dental programs are typically required to takes various classes dental schools require in math and science.
Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of the accredited colleges and universities that provide pre-dental majors and graduate-level dentistry programs.
- Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry – A division of the University of the Pacific in California. Site offers admissions information, course offerings, campus news, and student resources.
- Baylor College of Dentistry – Site gives information about schools commitment to incorporating community outreach into higher education.
- Boston University School of Dental Medicine – Dental School mission statement includes the desire to offer unsurpassed, career-long training to its dental students.
- Case Western Reserve University – Website includes interactive information about careers in dentistry.
- College of Dental Sciences – Davangre, India based school with a cooperative relationship with Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore. Site explains undergraduate and post-graduate degree programs and step-by-step online application instruction. Provides an online application.
- Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery – Information about school's professional preparation program.
- Creighton University School of Dentistry – Site designed for prospective students and their families to learn more about the University program.
- CTOC Program at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry – Prepares professionals in the oral and craniofacial sciences. Site offers faculty information, program descriptions, and contact information.
- Dental Specialties – Provides professional education for dentists. Site offers program details and financial assistance information. Located in Los Gatos, California.
- Dent-Temp Careers – Offers training and job placement for Dental assistants.
- Department of Stomatology, UCSF – San Francisco, California: Program focuses on training professionals who specialize in periodontium and oral soft tissue work. Site includes directories, program descriptions, and faculty information. an overview, new faculty profiles, course lists and program information.
- Eastman Dental Center, URMC – University of Rochester Dental school.
- Gulf Coast Community College – Site gives information about the Dental Hygiene Program including application and admissions instructions, program descriptions, faculty information and course offerings.
- Harvard School of Dental Medicine – Detailed outline of admissions requirements and application advice.
- Huntington College of Dental Technology – Located in Westminster, California. Site includes program descriptions and admissions policies.
- Indiana University School of Dentistry – School encourages students to combine learning, teaching, and service, to
strengthen their education.
- Institute of Dental Sciences – Bareilly, India based school with a bachelor's degree in dental surgery which prepares students for a one year practicum experience in the schools own clinic. Site includes application details, and course offerings.
- Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences – School offers five year D.D.S. degree. Site includes course offerings, application instructions, and financial assistance information. Located in Poznan, Poland.
- KVG Dental College & Hospital – Site includes department information, campus calendar, admissions information, and online forum.
- Montefiore General Practice Dental Residency Program – Site offers program descriptions, student responsibilities, financial incentives, and admissions information. Based in New York City.
- MUSC College of Dental Medicine – Site for the Dental School at the Medical University of South Carolina.
- New York University College of Dentistry – Site offers course offerings, clinic schedules, and admissions expectations.
- Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute – Site includes information about dental education programs and school facilities.
- North-West College of Medical and Dental Assistants – Programs at this accredited school include pharmacy technician, medical insurance biller, dental assistant, medical administrative assistance, medical assistant, and optometric technician.
- Ohio State University College of Dentistry – Site includes general information, campus events, and directories.
- OHSU School of Dentistry – The professional staff of the Oregon Health Sciences University are committed to helping each student succeed in the world of dentistry.
- Philipps University – School of Dental Medicine. – Site includes publications, department directories, and an online tour. Marburg, Germany. [English or German]
- School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Rochester – Diversity makes the Rochester Campus an exciting place to learn the dental profession.
- The Schuster Center – Site touts the Center's devotion to preparing students to be successful dental professionals. to helping dentists practice higher quality care, while achieving greater levels of fulfillment and profitability.
- Temple University School of Dentistry – For more than 130 years, the Dental program and Temple University has been preparing quality professionals for work in the dental industry.
- Tufts University School of Dental Medicine – The School of Dental Medicine at Tufts University is among the worlds
most innovative schools in the United States.
- UB School of Dental Medicine – The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine is part of the most expansive education centers in the New York public university system.
- UCLA School of Dentistry – Site offers program descriptions, course offerings, research information, and administrative information. Los Angeles, California.
- UMKC School of Dentistry – Site includes faculty directory, student information, and general school information.
- UNC School of Dentistry – Nearly 500 students enter UNC each year to study dental assisting, pre-doctoral general dentistry, dental hygiene, and a variety of other graduate programs in dentistry.
- University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden – Prosthetic Dentistry Department. Site offers faculty directory, course offerings, research fields, and clinic information. Located in Dresden, Germany
- University of Alabama School of Dentistry – Postgraduate information and DMD course offerings.
- University of Colorado School of Dentistry – The well-known, and well-respected faculty of professionals in research,
education and healthcare make this school the first choice for many dental students.
- University of Florida College of Dentistry – As the College of dentistry broadens its research scope and draws in new
faculty it's programs will continue to become stronger, more competitive, and more successful.
- University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry – Site offers dental school information for professionals,
patients, and pre-dentistry students. Site also includes fee information and clinic time schedule.
- University of Iowa College of Dentistry – For more than a century, this dental school has been a foundational part of the University of Iowa's academic success.
- University of Kentucky College of Dentistry – A Publicly funded dental school with a broad scope and high goals for community outreach.
- University of Louisville – Details about programs in postgraduate education, DMD, and dental hygiene.
- University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Site includes information on pre- and postdoctoral programs as well as application information, course offerings, research opportunities and online resources
- University of Minnesota – School of Dentistry – Site offers current events, school directory, and a list of online dentistry resources.
- University of Newcastle upon Tyne – Site includes admissions information, faculty directory, and course offerings.
- University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry – School offers top-of-the-line dental program to students from around the country.
- University of Otago School of Dentistry –
Site details undergraduate dentistry
programs, as well as dental therapy,
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of Pennsylvania School of Dental
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