Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on hygiene and on diet choices that affect oral health. Most dentists are general practitioners and handle a variety of dental needs while others specialize in a particular area.
Admission requirements typically include a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, with a curriculum generally including: It is the responsibility of the student to consult each program/school they are applying to for a complete list of pre-requisite coursework.
- Two semesters of Biology with lab
- Two semesters of General Chemistry with lab
- Two semesters of Organic Chemistry with lab
- Two semesters of Physics with lab
- Two semesters of College-Level Math
- Two semesters of English
Consult our Pre-Dental Curriculum, a comprehensive guide to undergraduate preparation.
It is a student's responsibility to check with individual programs regarding the coursework needed to matriculate at their institution.
Being a Competitive Applicant:
Dental school academic admission requirements span a wider range than those of medical schools, but competitive dental school applicants must have a GPA greater than or equal to about 3.4. A GPA of 3.0 is required for a committee interview.
Use our GPA Calculator Spreadsheet to see where you stand.
If you are an international applicant we encourage you to check with individual dental schools on specific admissions requirements.
With the dental school application process taking one full year, students are highly encouraged to think about their application timeline in advance:
It is the responsibility of the student to review all program requirements.