Visit us on the web at georgiasouthern.edu/prehealth. Familiarize yourself with the Georgia Southern University Medical/Dental 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 Medical Professions Advising staff regarding events, programming, and advising.
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 and Professional Development. 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 Pre-Dental Society or Tri-Beta (biological honors 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. Attend information sessions, workshops, field trips, and other events for pre-dental students offered by the Office of Medical Professions Advising.
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