Dentistry

Dentistry

WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC PREREQUISITES?

In making decisions about admissions, dental schools consider a range of factors that may vary from one school to another. All prerequisite courses usually need to be completed with a grade of C or above.

It is recommended, and often required, that you complete the following courses:*

Biology 1 year w. lab (generally BIO 150 and BIO 227), Biochemistry w. lab (CHEM 379), Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 243)
Chemistry 1 year Gen Chem w. lab (CHEM 125 & 126 OR CH/BI 125 & 227 OR CHEM 121, 123, and 126)

1 year organic chemistry with lab (CHEM 247 & 248)

Physics 1 year with lab (PHYS 124 & 125)
Math & Stats Calculus (MATH 119 or 120)

Statistics – (STAT 212)

Psychology Principles of Psychology (PSYCH 125)
Economics Economics of Health Care (ECON 245) is highly recommended
English Two composition courses recommended in addition to literature and public speaking
Art At least one course demonstrating manual dexterity

 

Prerequisites from different schools (to demonstrate variations in prerequisites)

WHO IS THE DESIGNATED ADVISING SPECIALIST?

Professor Kevin Crisp (Associate Professor of Biology, Chair of the Health Professions Committee)

Office: RNS 220 Phone: 507-786-3981 Email: crisp@stolaf.edu

WHAT STANDARDIZED TEST WILL I NEED TO TAKE?

WHAT CENTRALIZED APPLICATION WILL I USE?

WHAT ARE THE EXPERIENTIAL PREREQUISITES?*

  • Shadowing: Over 100 hours is generally required with at least 50 hours of shadowing a general dentist.
  • Research: It is highly recommended that you complete at least one 10-week research experience. You do not have to find a research opportunity that is related to dentistry.
  • Volunteering: It is highly recommended that you volunteer in a position, starting as early as your first year at St. Olaf. Although your volunteer role can be in healthcare or outside of healthcare, we recommend that you aim to volunteer in both capacities. Dental schools are looking for applicants with sustained and meaningful volunteer experiences. They don’t want students who are simply checking the “volunteer box.”
  • Internship(s): It is recommended that you gain experience in the field through interning at a dental clinic, a department of health, a community clinic, etc. Internships outside of dentistry are highly beneficial as well.
  • Leadership: It is strongly recommended that you serve in a leadership capacity (president of an organization, academic tutor, service on an advisory board, etc.). Leaders can enhance their communication and organizational skills, as well as learn how to interact with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Hobbies: Focus on activities that you enjoy doing in your spare time that demonstrate manual dexterity (e.g. piano, painting).
  • Preparation course: University of Minnesota Dental Preparation Course: Discover dentistry by acquiring hands-on experience [over 2.5 days on a weekend] in cavity preparation, crown preparation, diagnostic impressions, cast fabrication, diagnostic wax-up, and bleaching tray fabrication. This course is designed for students in a pre-dentistry track with plans to apply to dental school.

WHAT DO DENTISTS ACTUALLY DO?

Approximately 80% of all dentists practice general dentistry. General dentists treat all patients, adults and children, in many different treatment facilities and settings. General dentists are graduates of dental school and hold a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree.

Some responsibilities of general dentists include:

  • Use the latest techniques and equipment to examine the head, neck and oral cavity to determine the oral health of the patient and identify and diagnose oral conditions that may manifest into systemic disease.
  • Restore and replace teeth damaged by decay, lost from trauma or disease, with newly developed dental materials, implants and crown and bridge techniques.
  • Correct badly positioned teeth and extract teeth when necessary, using up-to-date anesthetic techniques.
  • Eliminate pain arising from oral diseases, conditions and trauma, making use of prescriptive medicines to reduce pain and discomfort.
  • Provide instruction and advice on oral health care and preventive measures to maintain healthy oral tissues and prevent oral disease.

WHAT OTHER RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE AT ST. OLAF?

Study Abroad: Yes –  you CAN study abroad as a pre-health student! Speak with your advisor early in order to plan for when a semester or year abroad will fit into your academic plan.

Student organizations:

Full list

Operation Smile

Alpha Epsilon Delta: Preprofessional Health Honor Society

Pre-health Professionals Club

Pre-health Moodle site & Pre-health Google calendar

Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

*Ultimately, it is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they complete all prerequisite coursework and experiential opportunities required for successful admission to dental school.

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