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 learn concepts and perform well academically, 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 (UMKC) School of Dentistry.
Most dental schools require:
- English Composition I. Satisfied by ENGL 101 or ENGL 105
- English Composition II. Satisfied by ENGL 102 or ENGL 205
- Biology with Lab. Satisfied by BIOL 150 or BIOL 151.
- General Chemistry I with Lab. Satisfied by CHEM 130, CHEM 170 or CHEM 190
- General Chemistry II with Lab. Satisfied by CHEM 135, CHEM 175 or CHEM 195
- Organic Chemistry I with Lab. Satisfied by CHEM 330 or CHEM 380, and 331
- Organic Chemistry II with Lab. Satisfied by CHEM 335 or CHEM 385, and 336.
- Physics I with Lab. Satisfied by PHSX 114, PHSX 211 and PHSX 216, or PHSX 213
- Physics II with Lab. Satisfied by PHSX 115, PHSX 212 and PHSX 236, or PHSX 214.
- Anatomy with lab: BIOL 240 and BIOL 241, or BIOL 510
- Physiology with lab: BIOL 246 and BIOL 247, or BIOL 646 and BIOL 647
- Cell biology: Satisfied by BIOL 416
- Biochemistry: Satisfied by BIOL 600 or BIOL 636
The UMKC School of Dentistry also requires
Some dental schools require additional mathematics, psychology, and/or biology courses.
For more information, visit the website. Call 785-864-3500 to schedule an orientation or application meeting with the premedical advisor.