Offered by Health Science Programs

The College of Dentistry of the University of Nebraska Medical Center requires a minimum of 90 semester credit hours for admission. The majority of students entering dental school have a BS degree. Therefore, students pursuing a pre-dental curriculum are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a baccalaureate degree concurrently with the pre-dental program. This requires a major/minor combination or a comprehensive major as well as completion of the UNK General Studies requirements and other degree requirements as set forth in the college catalog. Dental schools do not specify which major a student should pursue in conjunction with his/her pre-dental studies. Chemistry and biology majors are commonly chosen but other science majors, psychobiology, psychology, business or the humanities are acceptable as long as the core science courses in chemistry, biology and physics are included.

Competition for positions in dental schools is intense and admission is never guaranteed. Admission to dental school is based on a review of the scholastic record, DAT scores, personal recommendations, an interview with members of the admissions committee, shadowing and other extra-curricular activities.

The following requirements are based on the admission requirements of the College of Dentistry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Students wanting to apply to other dental schools should check with those specific schools for additional requirements.

Select 8 credit hours of the following:8
General Biology
Biology I
Biology II
Human Microbiology
Select no more than one of the following options:
Human Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
and Anatomy and Physiology
CHEM 160
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 161
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 360
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 361
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
ENG 101Introduction of Academic Writing3
ENG 102Academic Writing and Research3
MATH 102College Algebra 13
PHYS 205
General Physics I
and Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 206
General Physics II
and Physics Laboratory II
Elective courses should be chosen from biology, chemistry, mathematics, the social sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and business administration, business law, and economics. See advisor for suggestions. 2
DAT College Admissions Test (DAT)
The DAT is required for admission and should be taken once all required courses have been completed. See advisor for more information.
Total Credit Hours45

Students who are accepted into dental school prior to completing a baccalaureate degree at UNK may be eligible to receive a BS Degree in Applied Health Sciences if they have completed all General Studies requirements and have at least 85 semester credit hours completed in pre-dent studies.

Students should be aware of prerequisites on all courses and plan their coursework accordingly.