Richard A. Henson School of Science & Technology

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 undergraduate major, 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 required.

Inorganic Chemistry (1 year with Lab)
CHEM 121, 122

Organic Chemistry (1 year with Lab)
CHEM 221,222

Physics (1 year with Lab)
PHYS 121,123

Biology (1 year with Lab)
BIOL 210 and BIOL 213

Biochemistry (1 semester with lab)
CHEM 417

For programs that require calculus, general recommendations are:
MATH 198- Biology majors

MATH 201- Chemistry majors
MATH 160- Other majors
Consult your major advisor, checklist, and/or HPAP advisor for additional information on math choices.

Nelson Dyer 

Syeda Jaffrey 

Nelson Dyer 
Biology Major
Chemistry Minor
University of Kentucky School of Dentistry


Syeda Jaffrey
Biology Major
Chemistry Minor
Temple University 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 interview application 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.