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Pre-Dental Medicine

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The degree which can be earned:
D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or D.M.D. (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are equivalent degrees awarded to dental students upon completiion of the program.

Career Outlook/Nature of the Profession: Dentists are trained to treat all patients, adults and children, in many different reatement facilities and settings.  A general dentist may use the latest techniques and equipment to examing the head and neck, and oral cavity to identify and diagnose oral conditions.

Useful Links:
American Dental Association
American Dental Education Association
AADSAS Application Service
American Student Dental Association

What exams are needed for a specific professional program: The Dental Admission Test
The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is traditionally taken by students at least ONE YEAR before starting dental school. 
The DAT has for different sections and each section is scored from 1-30, with the overall scored being an average of all the sections:

  1. Survey of Natural Sciences
  2. Perceptual Ability Test
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Quantitative Reasoning

Learn more about the DAT Exam: The D.A.T. Exam

GPA needed for specific professional prgrams: To be considered for admission to dental school, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is typically required.  A seperate Science GPA is calculated based on Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math courses.

Regional Institutions:
A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health
Indiana University School of Dentisty
Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine

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What courses do I need to take?

  • 8 hours of Physics
  • 8 hours of Biology
  • 6-8 hours of English
  • 8 hours of General Chemistry with a lab
  • 8 hours of Organic Chemistry with a lab

Do I have to have a health related major?  Not necessarily, however, it is highly recommended.  Students should contact individual dental schools for specific prerequisite information.
Those prerequistes may vary depending on what school you are intersted in attending.  Prerequisite courses require a C grade of better.  See your advisor in CAS for assistance in choosing elective courses.  

Want to find studetnts with similar interested?  Find a student organization to join!  Here are some recommendations: 
Pre-Dental Association (PDA)
siuepredental@hotmail.com

Check out more student organizations HERE!

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Pre-Health Professions Advisors
Brian Hinterscher Brandi Hudson Carol Garrison
bhinter@siue.edu bhudson@siue.edu cgarris@siue.edu
618-650-5525 618-650-5525 618-650-5525
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