• Student

  • Program Designation: Pre-Professional

    Program Contact: Dr. Mary Mulcahy and Dr. David Merwine

    Academic Division: Biological and Health Sciences

    Program Description:

    Do you want to be a dentist? Or, maybe you'd like to earn a living as a dental surgeon. If so, you will need a doctor of dental medicine or doctor of dental surgery degree. We offer you a couple of different ways to help you get there.

    First, you can take advantage of an agreement we have with the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in Pittsburgh.

    Or, you can earn a four-year degree on our campus and then apply to another dental school. On our campus, you can choose any major. Most of our students who went on to dental school majored in biology. The next most common majors were chemistry and psychology.

    Since each dental school may have other specific requirements, we will want check with the dental school of your choice before you finish your bachelor's degree. 

    We have an agreement with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, which will allow you to enter their medical school after just three years of undergraduate coursework, enabling you to become a doctor in even less time. In each case, these agreements mean that if you meet certain requirements, you will automatically be admitted to one of their doctoral programs.

    What can you do with a degree in Pre-Dentistry.

    Transfer Program Requirements

    To be eligible for dental school admission, students must meet stringent requirements as follows:

    1. For admission to Pitt-Bradford a student must:

    • Complete at least 18 college prep courses with four units each in English, social studies, mathematics, science with lab, and two units in second language.
    • Rank in the upper 20 percent of the high school graduating class.
    • Score 1100 or higher on the pre-2005 SAT, with a score of at least 560 in the SAT quantitative section; or 24 or higher on the ACT, with a 24 on the quantitative section.
    • Complete an application for admission, supplemented by a detailed personal statement concerning a career in dentistry and two letters of reference from high school teachers or counselors.
    • Receive a favorable recommendation from the Pitt-Bradford Health Related Professions Committee.

    2. Meet the following standards while earning 90 or more credits at Pitt-Bradford:

    • Achieve a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) at the end of the first year of study.
    • Achieve a major and cumulative GPA of 3.25 at the end of the second and third years of study.
    • Complete other Pitt-Bradford course requirements for general education and a major in an approved baccalaureate degree. (During a student’s first term of enrollment, in consultation with an advisor, the course requirements will be detailed for the student, based on the student’s intended major.)
    • Compile a consistent record of participation and leadership in campus affairs.
    • Demonstrate interest in dentistry by observing or working in a dental environment
    • Be recommended by the vice president and dean of academic affairs and the Health Related Professions Committee at Pitt-Bradford.
    Complete and receive a 3.00 GPA in the following courses:

    3. Attain Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) scores acceptable to the dental school.

    Students who withdraw from this special program are eligible to apply, without prejudice, directly to the School of Dental Medicine under the prevailing admission requirements and standards.

    University of Pittsburgh Freshman Guarantee for School of Dental Medicine

    • Indicate PDENT Pre-Dentistry on admissions application,
    • Rank in the top 5 percent of high school class with a pre-2005 SAT I score of 1300 (29 ACT) or better,
    • Maintain a 4.0 science and general grade point average as a full-time student,
    • Complete the minimum coursework required of pre-dental students,
    • Attain an overall DAT (Dental Aptitude Test) score of 25,
    • Complete the AADSAS application process,
    • Participate in a satisfactory preadmission interview prior to School of Dental Medicine admission.