Pre-Dentistry Program

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The College of Dentistry at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (OU HSC) in Oklahoma City, OK requires the applicant for admission to have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours of college prerequisite courses. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all course work attempted is required. Most applicants will have earned a considerably higher cumulative GPA and have completed a Bachelor’s degree.

All applicants must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) prior to application. The DAT test may be retaken for a total of 3 times (at least 90 days between tests). A letter of recommendation from Northwestern’s Pre-Professional Advisory Committee is also required (please see Dr. Cindy Pfeifer-Hill, Chair of Natural Science Department, to set up an interview and for more details). Documented volunteer or work experience in the dental field is highly desirable. Also, hobbies that demonstrate good manual dexterity (wood working, needle point, art work, motor cycle repair, model building, etc.) are a plus.

Prerequisite courses include:

Biological Sciences (8 hrs) with lab may include any of the following:

BIOL 1225 General Zoology

BIOL 3115 Introduction to Microbiology

BIOL 3184 Human Anatomy

BIOL 3194 Human Physiology

BIOL 3235 Comparative Anatomy

BIOL 3343 Genetics (non lab course)

BIOL 3363 Cell and Molecular Biology (non lab course)

BIOL 3502 Medical Terminology (non lab course)

BIOL 4503 Pathophysiology (non lab course)

* Advanced studies in the biological sciences is encouraged.

Biochemistry (3-4 hrs with or without lab)

BIOL/CHEM 4144 Biochemistry

Chemistry Inorganic (8 hrs) with lab

CHEM 1115 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1215 General Chemistry II

Chemistry Organic (8 hrs) with lab

CHEM 3115 Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 4115 Organic Chemistry II

English (6 hrs)

ENGL 1113 English Composition I

ENGL 1213 English Composition II

SPCH 1113 Introduction to Speech Communication

Mathematics (3 hrs)

MATH 1513 College Algebra (and 1613 recommended)

Physics (8 hrs) with lab

PHYS 1114 General Physics I

PHYS 1214 General Physics II

Psychology (3 hrs)

PSYC 1113 General Psychology

* Major/Minor in Biology and Chemistry popular undergraduate degree choices

Note: Completing a baccalaureate degree prior to entering the professional dental program increases eligibility for financial assistance programs.

*** Students interested in this professional program are urged to check with the OU HSC College of Dentistry website for the latest updates.