Pre-Dentistry

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.
  • Consultation with advisors for the primary major and Pre-Health concentration should begin 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 Advisement Track 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 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.
Fall 2020 and Later Matriculants Total 52-60 sh
BIOL 130, 133, 201 and BIOL 131 or 132 11 sh
CHEM 111-112 and 221-322 and 331-322 24 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Note: MATH 223-224 are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 223, 224 and/or STAT 101 (based on advisement) 3-11 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
LITR Selection

3 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. Other courses recommended by some dental schools include Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and Genetics.

2019 and PRIOR Matriculants TOTAL: 48-61 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201 12 sh
CHEM 111-112 and 221-322 and 331-322 or 331 only or 330 [by advisement] 19-24 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Note: MATH 223-224 are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 223, 224 and/or STAT 101 (based on advisement) 3-11 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
LITR Selection 3 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. Other courses recommended by some dental schools include Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and Genetics.

Suggested Course Sequencing and Planning for Applying to Dental School

The recommended course sequence is based on a 4-year undergraduate course plan, a student graduating in 4-years, the student taking the DAT after the 3rd year of college coursework, and applying to medical school prior to starting the 4th year of undergraduate studies.

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.

Year One Courses and Study Hours
YEAR 1
FALL
SPRING
BIOL 180 (Biology I) or BIOL 130 and 133 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) or BIOL 131 or 132 3 or 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
YEAR 2
FALL
SPRING
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
YEAR 3
FALL
SPRING
CHEM 331 (Biochemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 332 (Biochemistry II) 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*
FALL
SPRING
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

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.

Letters of Recommendation

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.

Pre-Dentistry questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator
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