Special Information for Predental Students
The requirements for students applying to dental schools are almost identical with those for applicants to medical school, with a few minor exceptions that we consider here.
Although it is necessary to complete all the required prehealth courses prior to entry into dental school, the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), which needs to be taken approximately one year prior to entry, does not require knowledge of Physics. If you are a student who has some difficulty with the sciences, you can plan your course-work so as to spread your sciences out over all four years of your undergraduate education. Of course, Physics must be taken prior to entry into dental school.
For more information on the DAT (including an overview of the exam, test preparation materials, and registration), go to the website of the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA website also has sections on careers and programs in dentistry.
All applicants to dental schools must apply both through the centralized agency (AADSAS) and directly to the individual dental schools. The on-line location for application is AADSAS. Most dental schools have almost identical requirements, and these change little from year to year. Nevertheless you should consult the authoritative book on dental school requirements: the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools. This tool will give you a general overview of the dental profession and the admissions process, as well as specific information on each school—for example, admissions requirements, deadlines, expenses and financial aid, and comparisons of applicants and admitted students. To order the book, go to the ADEA website. Other pages on this website—the home of the American Dental Education Association—are also worth looking at. In addition, you should visit the websites of dental schools that interest you.