Overview of Dentistry

Dentistry tends to be less competitive than other professional schools. The duration of dental school is approximately four years and no internship is required. West Virginia University has the only school of dentistry in the state. Background checks are often conducted.

See the Occupational Outlook Handbook: Dentist. Also, see the American Dental Association.

Coursework

The courses listed below are general suggestions. Check the professional school of your choice to see specific admission requirements.

Minimum Science Coursework

  • Principles of Biology I and II (BSC 120 and 121)
  • Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs (CHM 211, 212, 217, and 218)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II and Organic Lab (CHM 355, 356, and 361)
  • General Physics I and II and labs (PHY 201, 202, 203 and 204)
  • Mathematics to meet prerequisite requirements for the science courses listed above

General Education Coursework

  • English Composition I and II (ENG 101 and 201)
  • Social and Behavioral Science: General Psychology (PSY 201) and Introductory Sociology (SOC 200)
  • Follow catalog for degree requirements B.S. or B.A.

Recommended Coursework

  • Vertebrate Embryology (BSC 301)
  • Human Anatomy (BSC 227) Note: BSC 227 does not count toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Human Physiology (BSC 228) Note: BSC 228 does not count toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Introductory Biochemistry (CHM 365)

Professional Exam

Dental Admission Test (DAT) usually taken in the spring of your junior year for 4-year student. For the most current information, review the DAT web site.

Links to Professional Schools

 
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