Dental School Path (DDS/DMD)

Dentists use their sense of aesthetics and technical and diagnostic skills to allow their patients to smile with confidence and maintain their oral health. Dentists are usually self-employed, allowing flexible hours and the ability to set their own course in their own business.

Although prerequisites may vary from institution to institution, the Simpson University courses that meet most standard requirements are:

  • BIOL 1310 and 1320 General Biology I & II
  • CHEM 1310 and 1320 General Chemistry I & II
  • CHEM 1210 and 1220 Organic Chemistry I & II
  • PHYS 3110 and 3120 General Physics I & II
  • BIOL 3550 Biochemistry

It is recommended that student complete (or have in-progress) all of the above courses before taking the DAT (usually during the spring semester of the junior year). You will want to work closely with your faculty advisor to make you schedule your courses wisely. You can download a sample pre-dental timeline here.

Some dental schools may also recommend the following courses

  • One year of math (MATH 2440 and 2460, our Math for Life Science series)
  • BIOL 2530 Genetics
  • BIOL 4310 Microbiology for Biology Majors
  • BIOL 1310 Human Anatomy and BIOL 1320 Human Physiology
  • PSYC 1600 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOCI 1800 Introduction to Sociology
  • A basic business course
  • An applied art course such as jewelry-making (dentistry requires manual dexterity!)

Dental schools often look favorably on applicants who have job-shadowed practicing dentists (who also often make excellent references). Plan ahead and make contacts with dentists in your community so that you don’t miss a great opportunity. In addition, because dentists often become community leaders, schools look for evidence that you have participated in campus leadership, missions trips, and athletics.

Oftentimes, dental schools that are interested in your application will ask you to interview. Our Career Services center can help hone your interviewing skills, so that you can gain confidence and present yourself as a great candidate for any program.

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