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What does Walsh’s Pre-Dentistry program entail?
Students in our Pre-Dental program major in either Biology or Chemistry. Most choose Biology as their major and minor in Chemistry. Those with a strong math background may choose to major in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. Choosing to major and minor in these sciences strengthens our students’ application portfolios. Advisors work with them to recommend the concentration that suits them best.
Like medical schools, Pre-Dentistry colleges also look for individuals who are diverse and academically strong. Students in this program should maintain a minimum 3.3 to 3.5 GPA and be involved in volunteer service, internships and leadership roles on campus.
What type of career can I look forward to with a Pre-Dentistry degree?
Nearly 100% of students in Walsh’s Pre-Dentistry program attend the post-graduate schools of their choice. Upon completion of their post-graduate programs, Walsh graduates are practicing dentistry throughout Ohio and across the country. Many completed the DDS program at The Ohio State University or Case Western Reserve University.
What makes Walsh’s Pre-Dental program unique?
Pre-Dentistry students take the DAT, a standardized test for entry into dental school, at the end of their junior year. Their courses and lab work prepare them for this exam, as well as the rigors of dental school training.
Generally speaking, what Pre-Dental courses will I need to take?
Courses vary depending on whether the student chooses to major in Biology or Chemistry. Some specific courses for Biology majors include:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Organic Chemistry
- Molecular Pharmacology
What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available?
Students gain real-world experience through:
- Summer research initiatives at Walsh or other organizations in our community.
- Opportunities to take their studies abroad.
Kristine Byrum – Class of 2018
Majors: Biology Pre-Dental, Interdisciplinary Studies
Minors: Psychology, History
Walsh has really pushed me outside my comfort zone and taken me places that I did not expect. I came to Walsh as a Biology Pre-Medicine student and a member of the Honors program. My freshman year that was all I was – a student. I was able to do well in school, but I did not really explore any clubs or activities on campus.
The following summer I realized that being a dentist would be a perfect fit for me, a great way to combine my love for both creativity and health care.When I returned to school the following year, I began to get involved. I joined Pre-Dental Club, Pre-Health Club, Intramurals and Dance Marathon. I also started a book club and became an Orientation Leader and a Teaching Assistant for the Anatomy and Physiology labs. Getting involved expanded my horizons so much that I even signed up for a Global Learning trip to Uruguay.
Read More of Kristine’s Story Here
Who to contact…
Michael Dunphy, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Biochemistry
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Pre-requisites & Requirements for Admission
In order to be considered for the 4-year DDS program at the UCLA School of Dentistry, all applicants must have at least three years of coursework with the majority of applicants having four years of coursework. Likewise, applicants must have at least 90 semester units or 135 quarter units.
* Limitations on accredited community college course work –
(Only 70 semester or 105 quarter units will be accepted.)
** Online classes for web-based education are not accepted.
*** All required courses must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher.
Required courses with 1-year of a laboratory component (2 sem./3 qtr.)
Required courses with no laboratory component
All required courses must be completed no later than June 30th of the year you are seeking admission for.
Other recommended courses that will be considered in an application are histology, physiology, human or comparative anatomy, social sciences, microbiology, communication, business, composition, technical writing, fine arts, philosophy, engineering and classics.
Applicants must take their Dental Admission Test (DAT) no later than December 31 and within a 3-year period, including the current year applying. Canadian DATs are not accepted. Official score reports from the American Dental Association will be imported through the AADSAS application. Please do NOT fax or email unofficial score reports to the office.
The School of Dentistry adheres to and supports the UCLA non-discrimination policy related to admissions. Click here for full policy details.
International students who are eligible for a student visa must meet the regular requirements for admission to the School of Dentistry and complete all pre-dental pre-requisites at an accredited U.S. college or university.
It should be noted that financial aid is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents so international applicants should not apply unless they have adequate funding for their educational and living expenses. The School participates in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) .