You notice smiles. Teeth, straight or crooked, have always caught your eye ... and now dental school is calling to you. Saint Mary’s can help you get there!
There is not a required major for dental school, but there are highly recommended and required prerequisite classes. Dental school requires a strong preparation in the sciences. Most students wanting to attend dental school will select either biology or chemistry as their major. If you choose to major in something other than biology or chemistry, you should take courses in biology and chemistry, specifically, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Zoology, and Microbiology.
It is recommended that students consult with their adviser during their first year on campus to make sure they get started on the right track with the necessary classes and labs. Adequate undergraduate preparation affords the student a significant advantage when applying to dental school. Your résumé will be stronger and you will be more successful while taking your Dental Admissions Tests (DAT).
High School Preparation
You should take a high school curriculum that will prepare you for your college course work. If your high school offers AP, IB, or honors classes, take as many sciences as you can. This preparation will help you as you enter the higher-level classes at Saint Mary’s.
Because dental school is very competitive, everything on your résumé will matter. Another way to prepare, and to prove your interest in dental medicine, is to add volunteering to your résumé. Volunteer as many hours as you can in a clinic, or shadow a DMD or DDS. Observe a hospital oral surgery operating room. To “walk the talk” will add to the sincerity of your voice on your résumé.
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Randy Krainock, DVM, Ph.D.
Biology - Associate Professor, Department Chair - Biology
Hoffman Hall, HO122
Campus Box: # 10