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Pre-dentistry programs prepare people to attend dental school.

Pre-dentistry programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges offer associate degree programs in pre-dentistry. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete. After earning an associate degree students must transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in pre-dentistry. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

You may also need to take either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) exam.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program usually includes courses in the following subjects:

The above courses are the typical prerequisites for dental school. However, dental school admissions committees want to see a well-rounded applicant with varied course work. Because of this, your program may encourage you to also include the following subjects in your curriculum:

Things to Know

Many dental schools expect applicants to have some exposure to what it is like to work as a dentist. You may want to supplement your course work in this program of study by asking a dentist if you can observe or job shadow them.

Majoring in pre-dentistry does not guarantee admission to dental school, although it does give you a taste of its rigorous course work. This program prepares you for the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and provides a good background for more advanced study in the natural sciences.


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