Pre-Dentistry Advisement Track

Dual-advising is available to assist students with timely completion of both the primary major coursework and the pre-health advisement track coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta. Students must declare a primary major and are encouraged to declare their intended Pre-Health Concentration for effective advisement. Students should confer with advisors for their primary major and specific Pre-Health Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta. 

Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The Pre-Health Advisor guides the student through the Pre-Dentistry Concentration, listed below.

Pre-Dentistry Concentration Coursework

  • Provides a strong foundation for DAT preparation
  • Satisfies the course requirements for admission at most American 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.
Required Courses and Study Hours for Pre-Dentistry
Required Coursework
TOTAL: 48-58 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201 12 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322, 331 (and 332 by advisement) or 330 (by advisement)* 19-24 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
LITR selection 3 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Calc I and II are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 223, 224 (173, 174) or STAT 101 3-8 sh

*NOTE: Most Dental schools require only one semester of Biochemistry as a prerequisite, though the 2-course sequence provides foundational knowledge for DAT preparation.

Suggested Course Sequencing

The recommended course sequence is based on a student taking the DAT and applying to dental school the summer BEFORE their final year at SUNY Oneonta, and that the student will graduate in four years. If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or take a different undergraduate path, coursework plans can change accordingly.

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.

NOTE: Many pre-dentistry students are choosing to take at least one year off after they graduate. 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.

Year One Courses and Study Hours
BIOL 180 (Biology I) 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 (Composition) 3 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 3 sh other course or Gen Ed 3-4 sh
Year Two Courses and Study Hours
BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh CHEM 322 (Organic Chemistry II) 4 sh
CHEM 221 (Organic Chemistry I) 4 sh LITR selec 3 sh
MATH 223 (173) (Calculus I) 4 sh MATH 224 (174) (Calculus II) *as advised or other 4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh
Year Three Courses and Study Hours
CHEM 331 or CHEM 330 (Biochemistry I or Intro. Biochemistry) 4 sh CHEM 332 (if 331 is completed) 4 sh
PHYS 103 or 203 (Gen. Physics I) 4 sh PHYS 104 or 204 (Gen. Physics II) 4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 4-8 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 4-8 sh
Year Four Courses and Study Hours
YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*
electives as advised 3-6 sh electives as advised 3-6 sh
immersion experience 3-6 sh immersion experience 3-6 sh
upper division courses or research 6-9 sh upper division courses or research 6-9 sh

Applying to Dental School

Centralized Application Service

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

Entrance Exams

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

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)

The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Letter is how SUNY Oneonta formally presents our candidates to dental school. The strengths and attributes of students applying are summarized in a "HPAC Committee Letter" or "Committee Letter" of recommendation which accompanies the individual letters of recommendation that are forwarded to dental schools. Students desiring a Committee Letter for their dental school applications should plan to apply for an interview in their spring semester prior to application to dental school or the spring semester prior to graduation from SUNY Oneonta.

The following HPAC interview and eligibility requirements have been established. Students are approved in two phases:

Phase 1: The following information must be submitted to the HPAC Chair via the Office365 Form NO LATER than 5:00 pm on February 7, 2020:

  • names of individuals completing HPAC evaluation form (3-5 persons)
  • class standing (Student must be of junior or senior standing)
  • expected graduation
  • GPA (Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0)
  • Completed hand signed Privacy Act Waiver Form
  • electronic copy of hand-signed Privacy Act Waiver Form

Only students approved after Phase 1 will eligible to apply for Phase 2.

Phase 2: The following information must be submitted to the HPAC Chair via email NO LATER than 5 pm on April 7, 2020

  • HPAC evaluation form from 3-5 references
  • Personal Essay
  • CV (resume)
  • DAT scores (or results form practice tests), if available

Students who are approved after BOTH Phase 1 AND Phase 2 of the application process will be invited to interview with the HPAC beginning April 10, 2020.

Spring 2020 HPAC interviews will be held in late April 2020.

HPAC related questions should be directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, 2020 HPAC Chair.

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