Preparing for Dental School
Requirements for Admission
- A high GPA overall and in pre-requisite science courses which include:
One year of college biology with laboratory
One year of physics with laboratory
One year of general chemistry with laboratory
one year of organic chemistry with labs OR
one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of biochemistry
- High scores on the DAT
- Volunteer or paid experience in the clinic or dental office
- Most Pre-dental students major in one of the sciences. However, this is not a requirement. You can major in any subject and still go to Dental School. The Biochemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences major requirements include all of the pre-requisite courses as a part of the major.
- In addition to the courses listed above, pre-dental students can benefit from taking courses that develop their spatial awareness and manual dexterity. Fine Arts courses are recommended for this purpose.
Academic Programs for Pre-Dental Students
- Biology link
- Biochemistry link
- Health Sciences link
If you wish to matriculate at a dental school directly after graduation from Hofstra University, you must be ready to submit your applications immediately following junior year. Ideally, this means deciding by the beginning of your first-year to pursue a pre-dental course of study.Â The timetable listed below regarding the completion of academic program requirements and preparation of your application is designed to help you plan your course of student. Â All students may not follow the suggested schedule. Adjustments often must be made, particularly for transfer students. If you have any questions about the outline below, please contact your Advisement dean.
WSC 001 (3 c.r.)
Chemistry 003 A & B (4 c.r.)
Biology 012 (4 c.r.)
WSC 002 (3 c.r.)
Chemistry 004 A & B (4 c.r.)
Biology 011 (4 c.r.)
During your freshmen year make sure that you:
- Attend orientation session prior to first semester attendance at Hofstra.
- Register with the advisement office and begin collecting recommendations for your pre-health file.
- Join APHOS and the Health Professions Scholars Program to meet students with similar interests and goals and to hear guest lecturers from the health professions. Contact your Advisement Dean for more information.
- Participate in summer paid or volunteer work in health-related field.
- Attend summer school if necessary.
*Math 50 or 71 (4 c.r.)
Chemistry 135 and 137 (4 c.r.)
*Math 71 or 72 (4 c.r.)
BCHM 162 (3 c.r.)
During your sophomore year make sure that you:
- Continue to maintain high academic standing.
- Declare a major. Choose a major based on your own personal and academic interests not on what you think will get you into dental school.
- Volunteer at a local dentistâ€™s office or a clinic.
- Continue to collect faculty recommendation forms.
- Continue to meet with your Advisement Dean and Pre-Health Advisor.
- Investigate special summer opportunities.
*Math level dependent on previous coursework and ability. Generally, only one semester of calculus is suggested for students wishing to enter medical school. However, requirements may vary depending on student's major and career choice. For example, physician assistant & physical therapist programs also require statistics.
Physics 11 A & B (5 c.r.) or
Physics 1A & 1B (4 c.r.)
Physics 12A & 12B (5 c.r.) or
Physics 2A & 2B (4 c.r.)
During your junior year make sure that you:
- Shadow a dentist or work in a dental office if you have not already done so.
- Decide when and if you will take a test prep class for the DAT
- Complete the Application for the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee.
- Hand out the rest of the faculty recommendation forms.
- See Pre-Health Advisor and Academic Dean regularly.
- Start writing for admission applications/brochures from non-AADSAS participating schools.
- Select the schools you should apply to.
- Make sure all your recommendations and supporting information is in your Advisement Pre-Health File.
- Schedule and prepare for Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee interview
- Check accuracy of Hofstra and all other transcripts that are being sent to AADSAS.
- Have ALL transcripts sent to AADSAS.
- Fill out AADSAS and do not forget personal comments section! It is important! This is your chance to let the schools get to know you as a person.
- Sit before the Pre-Health Advisory Committee if not already done so.
Finish all requirements for graduation and prerequisites for admission to professional school
In addition you should:
- Complete supplementary applications (secondaries) as soon as possible after they are received.
- Prepare and practice for interviews.
- Keep your Pre-Health Advisor informed about interviews, acceptances, and rejections so we can better advise others.
- You may have a long wait ahead of you and may not find out if you were accepted to the school of your dreams until the summer.
- Obtain income tax information from you and your parents. Apply for all forms of financial aid even before you have an acceptance. File FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st.
- Make decisions regarding which professional school you will be attending if you gain multiple acceptances.
- Notify school that you will not be attending immediately.
- If necessary, develop an alternative plan of action (i.e. If you are planning to reapply, how can you improve your academic record or career path?) Contact admission offices and ask them how you can improve on your portfolio
- Admission Process import links from present Web page
- Standardized Testing Preparation and Process
Dental Admission Test (DAT)
The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is conducted by the American Dental Association and has been in operation on a national basis since 1950. The DAT is administered on computer on almost any day of the year. The testing program is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information and perceptual ability.
- Centralized Application Services http://www.adea.org/dental_education_pathways/aadsas/Pages/default.aspx
- Personal Statement or Essay
- Letters of Evaluation
- The Interview