Dr. Bill Shay, professor
Haverty Hall 228
Online: Some Classes
Dentistry is a demanding profession. Academic preparation for dentistry is long and rigorous. The dental schools in the United States have no uniform requirements for pre-professional study. They do, however, recommend a bachelor’s degree and a broad, general education that includes basic science requirements and the development of skills in reading, writing, and speaking. Course work must be completed in biology/zoology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English.
Students are chosen for admission to dental school primarily on the basis of their undergraduate grades and scores on the Dental Admission Test. Most dental schools require an interview and all require recommendations. Students should keep in mind, however, that only a certain percentage of dental school applicants are accepted. Therefore, it is important to select a major that will prepare you to pursue alternative career goals for occupational flexibility.
Students entering the Dental transfer curriculum plan who do not have the proper prerequisites may need additional preparatory classes.
The Dental transfer curriculum plan provides preparation for the professional curriculum and meets the Liberal Arts Program Purposes listed in the NDSCS Catalog.
In addition to this plan, other programs a student may transfer into are biology, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, wildlife biology, agriculture, natural science, and conservation.
The applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. Helpful courses to prepare for this program are biology, computer science, chemistry, zoology, mathematics, physics, and English. Courses that develop reading and communications skills and two years of a foreign language, if available, are also recommended. Applicants may be required to complete a basic skills evaluation during the admissions process.
Upon successful completion of the required courses, students will be awarded an Associate in Science degree in Liberal Arts.
This curriculum meets the North Dakota University System general education requirements as indicated in the NDSCS Catalog under the heading: NDUS General Education Transfer Agreement.