Dental School Preparation
Preparation for dental school requires, first and
foremost, that certain pre-requisite courses be
completed and that the applicant take the
Dental College Admission Test (DAT)
You can choose any
provided that you include the required dental school
prerequisite classes in your course of study. You
must do very well academically in the area
of study that you choose and also in all prerequisite courses.
Requirements may vary by school, but the following courses are generally
Inorganic Chemistry (1 year with Lab)
CHEM 121, 122
Organic Chemistry (1 year with Lab)
Physics (1 year with Lab)
Biology (1 year with Lab)
BIOL 210 and BIOL 212 or 213 (recommended)
Biochemistry (1 semester with lab)
programs that require
MATH 198- Biology majors
MATH 160- Other majors
Consult your major advisor,
checklist, and/or HPAP
advisor for additional
information on math choices.
Keith Polizois will be attending the
University of Florida
College of Dentistry
is attending the
University of Maryland
School of Dentistry
It is recommended that
additional science courses be added to your course of
study if you choose not to major in science.
Suggested additional courses are: anatomy and
physiology (BIOL 215 & 216), cell biology (BIOL 350),
and molecular genetics (BIOL 370). This will
ensure that there will be an overlap between courses you
have taken in pursuit of an undergraduate degree, and
those required in dental school.
Dental School applications will require a letter of
recommendation from the Health Professions
Advisory Committee (HPAC) at Salisbury University.
In order to be eligible for this committee letter, you
must file an
to HPAC by March 15, the semester before
you plan to apply to dental school.
It is very important for a competitive applicant to have extracurricular
activities. There are a wide range of
possibilities. It is important that you have some
type of clinical experience and many applicants have
research experience as well. Dental schools want
to be certain that you have knowledge of the field and
job of the dentist. Research or clinical
experiences that you initiate or develop yourself are
particularly rewarding and viewed very positively.
Community and campus service, participation in organized
sports or arts, leadership, and well developed personal
interests are all important in the admission process.