If you are seeking a career in dentistry, you should plan to complete a four-year degree program. Most dental schools require one year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and biology. We recommend that your courses include genetics, anatomy, microbiology, physiology, biochemistry and calculus. The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is now computer-based testing and should be taken during the spring/summer of your junior year of college. The mean score of the DAT and the cumulative grade point average of those students who are accepted to dental school is approximately 19 and 3.5, respectively.
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.