Pre-Dentistry

Pre-Dentistry Advisement Track

  • The Pre-Dentistry concentration coursework provides a strong foundation for DAT preparation
  • The courses listed below satisfy the course requirements for admission at most United States dental schools.
  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required, depending on the dental schools to which students intend to apply
  • Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance.
  • Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.
  • BIOL 130, 133, 201 and BIOL 131 or 132
  • CHEM 111-112 and 221-322 and 331-332
  • PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Note: MATH 223-224 are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204)
  • MATH 223, 224 and/or STAT 101 (based on advisement)
  • COMP 100
  • LITR Selection

NOTE: Most Dental schools require only one semester of Biochemistry as a prerequisite, though the 2-course sequence provides foundational knowledge for DAT preparation. Other courses recommended by some dental schools include Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and Genetics.

  • BIOL 180, 181, 201
  • CHEM 111-112 and 221-322 and 331-332 or 331 only or 330 [by advisement]
  • PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Note: MATH 223-224 are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204)
  • MATH 223, 224 and/or STAT 101 (based on advisement)
  • COMP 100
  • LITR Selection

NOTE: Most Dental schools require only one semester of Biochemistry as a prerequisite, though the 2-course sequence provides foundational knowledge for DAT preparation. Other courses recommended by some dental schools include Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and Genetics.

The timeline for applying to dental school varies among students and is dependent on a variety of factors, including successful completion of prerequisite coursework, competitive DAT examination scores, and appropriate healthcare experience.

Many Pre-Dentistry students are choosing to take at least one year after they graduate SUNY Oneonta to work in healthcare or pursue other academically or intellectually enriching experiences after they graduate.

In fact, across the United States over 60% of first-time applicants to dental school apply after their senior year or later. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning dental school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering or pursue non-academic interests.

If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or takes a different undergraduate path, students will need to adjust the course sequence plan accordingly, based on their personal planning needs. Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter dental school and what major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their Primary Major Advisor and their Pre-Health Concentration Advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

Students should regularly review the Dental School Admission Requirements

Applicants are evaluated on:

  • competencies for dental school
  • letters of recommendation (committee letter preferred)
  • leadership skills (on and off campus)
  • GPA (BCPM & Overall)
  • DAT
  • healthcare experience (clinical & observational)

Application to dental school is made through the centralized application AADSAS.

  • The 2021-2022 ADEA-AADSAS Application Cycle opens May 11, 2021
  • Updated application information is available at ADEA.

Applicant Guides are available from the American Student Dental Association.

Preparation for the DAT should begin once students choose the Dental career path.

Students can request up to four letters of recommendation to be submitted on their behalf for dental school applications, to include science faculty, other course instructors, healthcare professionals, current or former employers, and professional references.

Some students may seek a "committee letter" for their dental school application, which requires a very specific application and interview process with the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC).

Questions regarding the "committee letter" should be directed to the HPAC Chair.

  • 55% of SUNY Oneonta Pre-Dentistry student applicants were accepted into Dentistry programs (2018-2020 Advisor Report).
  • SUNY Oneonta alumni have been accepted to the following Dentistry programs: Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California, Lake Erie COM School of Dental Medicine, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, New York University College of Dentistry, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, Touro College of Dental Medicine at New York Medical College, ​​​University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, University of New England College of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.
Pre-Dentistry questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Interim Program Coordinator for the Pre-Health Professions Advising Track Program
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