Note that admissions requirements will vary somewhat by program. Health Sciences majors should work with their advisor to make sure they are taking the correct pre-requisite courses for the graduate programs they plan to apply to.


Admissions Requirements

Pre-dental students may major in any discipline as long as they complete the necessary pre-requisite courses for dental school.

Although admission requirements vary for specific schools, most dental schools require the following Guilford College courses:

BIOL 111  Integrative Biology: Molecules and Cells  
BIOL 112  Integrative Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution 
CHEM 111 Chemical Principles I 
CHEM 112  Chemical Principles II 
CHEM 231  Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 232  Organic Chemistry II  
PHYS 111 Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences or PHYS 117 Physics I
PHYS 112 Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences II or  PHYS 118 Physics II

Two semesters of college level mathematics are required by many programs.

Course Recommendations

Chemistry 111 and 112 and Biology 111 should be taken during your first year at Guilford because they are pre-requisites for other required courses.

Suggested Activities

Experience in health-related fields before applying to dental school is essential. Students can gain experience through shadowing dentists, internships, summer employment and volunteer work. Both the pre-health professions advisors and the Career Development Center can help students find these experiences.

Standardized Admissions Test

The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is the standardized test that all students who wish to apply to dental school must take. The exam should be taken in early summer of the year in which you plan to apply. For example, if you planned to enter medical school the fall after you graduate from Guilford, you should take the test before or during the summer of your junior year. The DAT is based on the assumption that students have completed one year of biology one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry and have competency in algebra, trigonometry and other basic mathematics. For more information about the DAT, including registration information and review materials, visit the DAT home page.

Applying to Dental School

Most dental schools use the online application service AADAS. Students should complete the common application, which then distributes the information to the students’ chosen schools. The completed applications should be submitted by mid-summer of the year before the student plans enter dental school. For example, if you plan to enter dental school the fall after you graduate from Guilford, you should submit the applications during the summer of your junior year.

Note: As a capstone to the Health Science major, students take Health Science Seminar (HSCI 400), in which students learn about navigating the application process, from preparing the personal statement to interview tips, as well as discuss topics such as paying for graduate school and current issues in health care. In addition, Guilford alumni who are currently in or recently graduated from graduate programs in the health professions come back to share their experiences with you. This class should be taken the spring before you plan to apply to dental school.


  • Anne Glenn

    Chair, Coordinator for Health Sciences Major & Pre-Health Professions Advising, Coordinator for Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Studies Program
    School Extension 316.2234