Dentistry is the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the oral cavity, commonly in the dentition but also the oral mucosa, and of adjacent and related structures and tissues. Although primarily associated with teeth among the general public, the field of dentistry or dental medicine is not limited to teeth but includes other aspects of the craniofacial complex including the temporomandibular joint and other supporting, muscular, lymphatic, nervous, vascular, and anatomical structures.
Most dental schools require applicants to have a four-year college degree program. Each year a few students are accepted with only three years completed, but these are rare exceptions. Dental schools require specific pre-requisite courses to be completed with good grades, and successful applicants can demonstrate skills and knowledge developed outside of the classroom.
Our pre-dental program, part of the pre-health professional program, is structured to ensure that students obtain critical skills to achieve admission to dental school.
While dental schools do not typically require a specific major, many students find our BS in Health Science, BS in Biology, or BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to match well with the pre-requisite courses needed to gain entry. Other majors work as well, and we recommend finding one that suits your personal interests. At Benedictine, you will have an academic advisor for your major, and still be guided by a separate expert pre-health professions advisor to ensure that you are getting all pre-requisites and extracurricular activities you will need.
The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) should be taken during the spring/summer of your junior year of college. Interviews by, and recommendation letters from, the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the spring or fall semester of the junior or senior year respectively.
The Benedictine Benefit
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) provides high school seniors and Benedictine University students opportunities for early acceptance into dental programs. For more information on qualifications and application processes please see our pages for High School and Undergraduate students or M.S. Integrative Physiology students.
Visit Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's web site for more information.
Students can begin the application process with LECOM with an Early Acceptance Program Inquiry.
The College of Dental Medicine-Illinois (CDMI) at Midwestern University has guaranteed interviews for BenU undergraduate and MSP graduate students. Under the provisions of the agreement, selected students who successfully complete the specified coursework at BenU will be granted an interview for acceptance at CDMI. Click for more information on qualifications for Undergraduate and MSIP graduate students.
Visit Midwestern University’s College of Dental Medicine-Illinois website to learn more.