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Pre-Dentistry

Good dental health is important – as well as a great smile – and dentists can help people have both.

WHY STUDY PRE-DENTISTRY?

Dentist was #4 on the 100 Best Jobs list by U.S. News & World in 2019, and orthodontist was a close second at #5.

If you want to be a dentist, you will need to take many prerequisite courses that dental schools require. We will work closely with you to make sure you have taken the appropriate courses.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You’ll get a solid foundation in the biological sciences, physical sciences, and behavioral sciences so you will do well on the DAT exam that most dental schools require. The undergraduate research and dentist shadowing experiences you get will help you be a strong candidate in today’s competitive dental school application process.

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WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE IN PRE-DENTISTRY?

You’ll have many opportunities to complete other recommended activities that the dental schools are looking for, such as undergraduate research and dentist shadowing.

Job titles:

  • Dentist
  • Oral surgeon
  • Orthodontist

Employers:

  • Dentist offices
  • Hospitals
  • Biomedical research labs
  • Dental schools

UNIQUE PROGRAM FEATURES

 

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Distinction one:

We have a 4+4 early acceptance program with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Earn your bachelor’s degree at Pitt-Bradford followed by four years at one of LECOM’s health professions schools to earn your doctorate.

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Distinction two:

You’ll get to shadow dentists at local offices.

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Distinction three:

You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with our Center for Rural Health Practice

For outstanding freshman applicants who meet the eligibility requirements, the University of Pittsburgh offers a limited number of freshman guarantees to some of its most competitive graduate and professional programs, including to Pitt’s School of Dental Medicine.