Pre-Dentistry

Essential Courses

Course # Title
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology
BI 121 Biology Lab I
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms
BI 122 Biology Lab II
BI 207 Dynamics of Biological Processes
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab
CH 242 Integrated Chemistry: Organic
CH 243 Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab
CH 342 Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry
CH 247 Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
CH 262 Organic Chemistry (with Laboratory)
PC 200 General Physics I
OR  
PC 202 Introductory Physics I
PC 202L Introductory Physics Lab I
PC 201 General Physics II
OR  
PC 203 Introductory Physics II
PC 203L Introductory Physics Lab II
EN ___ English Course (in addition to CWS)

Important Notes

  • Many schools REQUIRE at least one semester of Biochemistry. Strongly recommend Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II, Microbiology, Physiology, Anatomy, Modes of Clay, and accounting and business courses. Also recommend genetics, calculus, foreign language (especially Spanish), sociology, economics, psychology, history, communication courses, and ethics.
  • These courses reflect program requirements for our affiliations with Temple University School of Dentistry and LECOM School of Dental Medicine only. Although this course list will be sufficient for most other programs, make sure to check requirements of other schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  • This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE, preferably in an academic area, in consultation with your advisor. Note: If you are in a 3 +_ program, course work during the first year of professional school can count toward upper level POE requirements.
  • Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Dr. Borgardt.
  • In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in dentistry either during the school year or over the summer.

Requirements

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry (3 + 4 B.S./D.M.D) and LECOM School of Dental Medicine (4 + 4 Early Acceptance B.S./D.M.D)

Classes Credits
General Biology and Lab 8
Inorganic Chemistry and Lab 8
Organic Chemistry and Lab 8
Physics and Lab (Temple only)* 8
English 6
Biochemistry (LECOM only) 3

*LECOM strongly recommends Physics (4 credits) and the DAT is required no later than October of the senior year. Both affiliates also strongly recommend physiology, anatomy,and/or microbiology

Competitive Credentials

Temple: Science and overall GPA of at least 3.2 (average entering science GPA is 3.4). Science prerequisites with grades of C- or lower must be repeated. Note: May be exempt from specific prerequisite requirements if student has a B.S. degree and a gradepoint average of 3.25 or better, 3 credits of biology, and 9 additional science credits.

Temple 3+ 4 applicants must complete one year of physics with the laboratories by the end of the junior year and achieve a minimum score of 19 in the Total Science section and 19 in the Academic Average section of the DAT. The DAT must be taken before October of the year of application. Apply through AADSAS in the summer following your sophomore year and indicate 3 + 4 on the AADSAS application.

LECOM: 4 + 4 LECOM students must first have a successful pre-Juniata interview at LECOM and then enroll in the LECOM phase no later than the start of their junior year at Juniata. Transfer students must complete at least 2 consecutive years at Juniata. High school students who have at least 1170 on the Math and Verbal sections of the SAT OR at least 26 on the ACT may also apply. International students are not eligible. Application to the Early Acceptance Program consists of informing Dr. Siglin of your intentions and then submitting an online application to LECOM. LECOM will accept up to 5 qualified students per year into the Early Acceptance Program. Students in the Early Acceptance Program cannot apply to any other dental school and must attend at least one annual LECOM On-Campus Day event. LECOM wants no summer course work unless extenuating circumstances (LECOM permission required: consult with Dr. Siglin). POEs that are not in the biological or physical sciences require approval by LECOM. A criminal background check needs to be initiative by January of the year of matriculation. Anatomy, physiology, immunology, and histology are recommended but are not required.

Cumulative GPA each semester must be at least a 3.0 overall and in science, with a grade of C (not C-) or better in all prerequisite courses. GPA at the time of application must be at least 3.4 overall and 3.2 in the sciences. Also students must take at least 13 credits the first semester and at least 14 credits a semester thereafter. DAT needs to be 16 or better in each section. 100 hours of shadowing in a clinical dental setting is highly recommended.

Helpful websites:

American Dental Education Association- http://www.adea.org/

American Dental Association - http://www.ada.org

LECOM School of Dental Medicine- http://lecom.edu/school-dental-medicine.php

Temple University School of Dentistry - http://www.temple.edu/dentistry/

General Information: http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/home

Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Dentistry*

*If you are planning to study abroad or if you are in accelerated program consult with your Health Professions advisor to plan your course progression

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken. Course progressions after the freshman year are not carved in stone. Your particular course sequence may be different, depending on your situation. Consult with your advisor.

  FALL SPRING
Freshman Year BI 105 Biology Lab II
  Biology Lab I Integrated Chemistry Principles II
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Integrated Chemistry Princ II Lab
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab  
  FALL SPRING
Sophomore Year BI 106 Organic Chemistry (with lab)
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic English
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab BI 207
  FALL SPRING
Junior Year Physics I and Lab Physics II and Lab
    Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry
    Bioanalytical Chemistry
  DAT Exam Preparation* DAT Exam Preparation

*Both semesters of the year you plan to take the exam.

If you do an accelerated program plan to finish most or all of the prerequisite courses the year before your final year at Juniata. If you have one or two courses to complete your final year at Juniata, you could be conditionally accepted to professional school based on your academic record up to that point and on successful completion of the remaining prerequisite courses.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing. Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here. For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year, Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.