Pre-Dentistry

Arcadia University offers many programs that satisfy the course requirements for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, optometry, podiatry and other health-related fields. While pre-dentistry students usually major in Biology or Chemistry, dental schools will accept students with excellent records regardless of major, provided they have a solid foundation in the basic sciences and mathematics. The Pre-Health advisers assist students with the application process and choice of schools.

Minimum Recommended Courses

The following courses are recommended for students interested in applying to dental school:

  • BI 101, 102 General Biology I, II
  • BI 211 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology or BI 205, 206 Human Anatomy, Human Physiology
  • CH 101, 102 Modern Chemical Concepts I, II or CH 111, 112 Conceptual Chemistry I, II
  • CH 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II: Structure, Mechanisms and Reactions
  • PH 201, 202 Fundamental Concepts of Physics I, II or PH 211, 212 Conceptual Physics I, II
  • MA 141 Elementary Statistics
  • MA 201 Calculus I (Calculus is required by some, but not all, medical and professional schools.)

Satisfactory performance on the Dental Admission Test (DAT) is required. The DAT normally is taken in the spring of the junior year or the summer prior to senior year for students planning to enter dental school immediately following graduation.

In addition to the minimum science courses, a strong background in the liberal arts and social sciences is recommended, as is volunteer work or an internship in a dental setting. Proficiency in the Spanish language, coursework in bioethics, and study abroad are all considered favorably by professional schools.

Other courses highly recommended as electives include:

  • BI 325 Cell Biology
  • BI 327 Histology
  • BI 333 Molecular Biology
  • CH 303 Biochemistry or BI 340 Biochemistry
  • SP 240 Spanish for Medical Careers

Advisers: Dr. Emanuele Curotto, Dr. Sheryl Smith

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