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Predentistry

Predentistry is a career interest rather than a major or formal program. Students prepare by taking courses to meet dental school admission requirements, studying to earn mostly A’s and B’s, and shadowing or working in dental practices. They take the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and apply for admission to dental schools, usually in the summer between the junior and senior year. Most people complete an undergraduate bachelor's degree and major before entering dental school.

Dental schooling is 4 years of graduate-level, professional education and training. There is no dental school in Kansas, but there is an agreement for some seats for Kansas residents at the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Dentistry.

Most dental schools require 2 semesters each of English (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102), chemistry with lab (CHEM 184 and CHEM 188), organic chemistry with lab (CHEM 624, CHEM 625, CHEM 626, and CHEM 627), biology with lab (BIOL 150 and BIOL 152) and physics with lab (PHSX 114 and PHSX 115). Some require additional mathematics, psychology, and/or biology courses.

The UMKC School of Dentistry requires additional anatomy with lab (BIOL 240 and BIOL 241, BIOL 440, or BIOL 510), physiology with lab (BIOL 246 and BIOL 247, or BIOL 646 and BIOL 647), and cell biology (BIOL 416).

For more information, visit the website. Call 785-864-3500 to schedule an orientation or application meeting with the premedical adviser.

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