Monday, January 25, 2016

Predental Timeline

Freshman Year

  • General chemistry 1 and 2
  • General chemistry lab 1 and 2
  • Pre-calculus and calculus
  • Biology 1 (possibly second semester)

Sophomore Year

  • Biology 1 and 2
  • Organic chemistry 1 and 2
  • Organic chemistry lab 1 and 2
  • English 1 year requirement if not complete
  • Possibly biochemistry (not on DAT but some schools require biochemistry)
  • Possibly an anatomy and physiology class
  • If taking the DAT sophomore year:
    • Participate in a test preparation class or self-study during the spring of your sophomore year. ASDA members get discounts on Crack the DAT and CourseSaver resources.
    • Schedule the test near the end of year when required classes (chemistry, biology and organic chemistry) are fresh on your mind.
    • Shadow a general dentist.

Junior Year

  • Physics (not on DAT but required for dental school)
  • If you are interested in any specific schools, check their individual requirements.
  • Other upper level biology electives
  • Make an appointment with pre-health or predental advisor to ensure you are on track.
  • Take the DAT.
  • Start asking professors to write letters of evaluation. If your college does not write committee letters from the pre-professional committee, most dental schools will request letters from science faculty and/or a dentist you’ve shadowed.
  • Fill out AADSAS application online at (All U.S. Dental Schools accept the AADSAS application.)
    • Required materials:
      • Copy of all college transcripts from all institutions attended
      • DAT scores and SAT/ACT scores
      • AADSAS Letter of Evaluation Matching Form
      • Personal statement
  • Apply to dental school early. Many schools start to interview candidates in August and September and begin to extend offers of admission around Dec. 1.
  • The AADSAS application generally opens at the beginning of June. The sooner you complete the application, the better your chances of being seriously considered for interviews.

Senior Year

  • Complete major classes and dental school requirements if you have not already. Continuing to take upper lever science courses will look favorably and may better prepare you for the first year of dental school.
  • Some schools also look favorably on business and psychology classes. Others actually require them as a prerequisite to dental school.
  • Complete dental school applications (and supplemental applications)
  • Interview at your top choice dental school

Source: American Student Dental Association

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