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A qualified dental school applicant must have a general understanding of the profession, demonstrate interest in and awareness of dental and social issues, and exhibit cross-cultural competency. You will gain this experience both in the classroom and through extracurricular activities.

Since dental schools do not give preference for any particular major, you should major in a field that aligns your interests, passions, and abilities. UW Tacoma has an interdisciplinary curriculum that will give you a broad base of knowledge and allow you to make connections between disciplines which is essential to being a successful dentist. Throughout your time on campus, your academic advisor can help ensure you take the appropriate pre-requisite courses as part of your academic experience.

Prepare

An excellent dental school applicant will have a strong cumulative grade point average and within the pre-requisite courses. It is also important to have a competitive DAT score. Outside of the classroom, dental schools will look for significant amount of time shadowing professionals, relevant volunteer experience, and leadership skills.

Below are the most commonly required pre-requisites for dental school. You should still review each school’s admission requirements to ensure you meet all preparatory coursework and other application requirements.

Mathematics

Chemistry

Biology

Physics

Social Science

English

TMATH 110

TCHEM 142

TBIOL 120

TPHYS 121

TPSYCH 101

TCORE 101

 

TCHEM 152

TBIOL 130

TPHYS 122

TSOC 165

OR

 

TCHEM 162

TBIOL 140

TPHYS 123

 

TWRT 121

 

 

 

 

 

OR

 

TCHEM 251

TBIOL 301

 

 

ENGL 131

 

TCHEM 261

Microbiology II**

 

 

 

 

TCHEM 271

 

 

 

TWRT

 

 

 

 

 

OR

 

TCHEM 405

 

 

 

TLIT

 

TCHEM 406

 

 

 

 

**Each Dental School will have unique pre-requisite courses. It is important to start researching each school's admission requirements early. Consult with your academic advisor about how to sequence these pre-requisites and create an academic plan. 

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DAT

You can take the DAT early - during your junior year or shortly afterwards, after you have taken Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry - or later in undergrad after being exposed to advanced science courses (depending on your major). 

You will be asked to confirm that you have read the DAT Guide (linked below) when you sign up to take the DAT. Be sure to prepare for the exam by familiarizing your self with the material and taking practice exams.