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:

Contact Info

Premedical Professions

Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 109
Lawrence, KS 66045-7518
Paul Crosby, Premedical Advisor
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