COSM

Pre-Dental

Pre-Dental is not a major, but rather a compilation of courses and experiences to prepare students for next steps. Professional schools evaluate achievement in required prerequisites, regardless of major. We recommend for students to choose a major they enjoy and in which they can excel.

For Pre-Health inquiries, students are encouraged to contact us to receive assistance in planning when to take these prerequisite courses. Students will receive academic advisement for their chosen degree program with their assigned Academic Advisor.

A competitive GPA is essential when considering a career in the health field. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to remain in the Pre-Dental Program, and at least a 3.2 GPA to be considered for an interview by the Pre-Health Review Board. Our experience is that students with a GPA below 3.2 are, unfortunately, not competitive.

The courses listed below are generally required for dental schools in our region, in addition to the courses necessary for Dental Admission Test (DAT) preparation. We encourage students to seek out and familiarize themselves with the prerequisite and admission test requirements of their intended dental school(s), as requirements may vary.

Chemistry Courses

  • CHEM 1145: Principles of Chemistry I/Lab (4)
  • CHEM 1146: Principles of Chemistry II/Lab (4)
  • CHEM 3341: Organic Chemistry I/Lab (4)
  • CHEM 3342: Organic Chemistry II/Lab (4)
  • CHEM 5541: Biochemistry I/Lab (4), or CHEM 3530: Principles of Biochemistry (3)

 

Biology Courses

  • BIOL 2107/2107L: Principles of Biology I/Lab (4)
  • BIOL 2108/2108L: Principles of Biology II/Lab (4)

 

Mathematics and Physics Courses

  • MATH 1112: Trigonometry (3)
  • MATH 1441: Calculus I (4)
  • STAT 2231: Intro to Statistics (3)
  • PHYS 1111: Intro to Physics I/Lab (4), or PHYS 2211: Principles of Physics I/Lab (4)

 

Additional courses to consider

  • BIOL 3130: Principles of Genetics (3)
  • BIOL 3131: Principles of Physiology (3)
  • BIOL 5248: Immunology (4)
  • BIOL 4240: Biology of Microorganisms (4)
  • BIOL 5131: Cell Biology (3)
  • BIOL 5132: Molecular Genetics (3)
  • BIOL 5240: Histology (4)
  • KINS 2531/2511: Human Anatomy & Physiology I/Lab (4)

Visit us on the web at georgiasouthern.edu/prehealth. Familiarize yourself with the Georgia Southern University Pre-Health Professional Review Board requirements.

Make it official. Add your Pre-Professional Program: myGeorgiaSouthern > Change Your Major/Add a Minor > Pre-Professional drop down menu > Pre-Dental Program. This step will ensure that you receive up-to-date information from Mrs. Payne regarding Pre-Health Professional Programs.

Learn + Subscribe. Subscribe to the Pre-Health listserv to receive important information from Mr. Braselton. How to subscribe: send an email (from your Georgia Southern email account) to listserv@georgiasouthern.edu and leave the subject line blank. On the first line in the body of the message, type: subscribe PREPROF-L FirstName LastName (see below for example). Type nothing else in the message and press send. You will receive an email confirming that you have been added to the listserv.

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Study + Excel. A competitive GPA is essential when considering a career in the health field. You must have a minimum of a 3.0 to remain in the Pre-Dental Program at Georgia Southern University. Talk with your Academic Advisor, professors and Academic Success Center for help with study skills through various workshops and tutoring.

Resume + Interviews. Create and/or improve your resume at the Office of Career Services. You can also gain confidence and develop your interview skills with a video-taped mock interview.

Job Shadow. We recommend that you gain experience by shadowing with a general practice dentist and specialists of your choosing. Document your experiences in a physical or digital format, and obtain at least one letter of reference from a dentist you have shadowed.

Volunteer + Lead. We recommend that you participate in volunteer activities that benefit others. Contact the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement for more information about volunteering with local weekly trips, Alternative Break Trips, and more. We also recommend that you participate in leadership seminars, workshops, retreats and LEAD courses. Get involved and join a student club or organization, such as the Association of Pre-Health Professionals or Pre-Dental Society.

Connect + Explore. Get to know your professors and local health care professionals. These individuals are valuable resources for research experience, volunteering, shadowing and letters of recommendation. Consider Study Abroad programs through the Office of International Programs and Services.

Research. Talk with your professors and peers who are involved with undergraduate research and consider opportunities within the College of Science and Mathematics.

Prepare for the Dental Admission Test (DAT). This test requires substantial amounts of preparation and study time, so it is never too early to begin. Typically, students prepare to take the DAT in the spring of their junior year, so it is important that necessary coursework be completed by this time.

Degree: DDS or DMD. Dentists are doctors who specialize in oral health. They oversee a clinical team and diagnose disease, promote oral health, perform surgical procedures and manage oral emergencies. Dentists may continue their education after dental school to become orthodontists, endodontists and many other specialty fields within dentistry.

Entrance Exam: Dental Admission Test (DAT)

Timeline to Apply: Freshman through Senior Year

Dental Programs in US: American Student Dental Association (ASDA) and ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools

There is one dental school in Georgia. Specific admissions requirements are available on the school’s website:

Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University

Last updated: 6/8/2017

Pre-Health Professional Programs • PO Box 8044-01 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-7472 • prehealth@georgiasouthern.edu