Dental School Course Requirements
Most programs require 2 semesters of Biology, 4 Semesters of Chemistry (starting with General Chemistry and including Organic and for a number of schools biochemistry), 2 Semesters of Physics, 2 Semesters of English, and 0 to 2 semesters of Math. Advanced courses can typically substitute for introductory level courses though check with the programs that you are interested in. At Skidmore, we recommend the following courses to meet those requirements.
Always check for specific course requirements for each school you are going to apply to- this is only a guide!
|Class||Semesters||Skidmore Course (s)||Notes|
|General Chemistry||1 semester with lab*||CH 125||*must take placement test, Schools that require 2 semesters of General Chemistry will typically count CH 341 as the 2nd semester.|
|Organic Chemistry||2 semesters with lab||
|General Biology||2 semesters with lab||
|General Physics||2 semesters with lab*||
|*must take Calculus I and II to take physics at Skidmore, Algebra-based physics would be sufficient|
|Math||0-2 semesters*||* Check with programs, as some require Statistics, others Calculus, and a number do not have a specific math requirement.|
Always check for specific course requirements for each school you are going to apply
to- this is only a guide!
Note: some schools still require two semesters of calculus.
The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension
of scientific information, and perceptual ability. Tests are administered year-round
at Prometric Test Centers in the United States. You will need to obtain a DENTPIN
before taking the DAT. Please plan to schedule your exam at least 60-90 days ahead
of time. Official scores are reported electronically to the dental schools you select
on your DAT application. Additionally, when you select dental schools on your DAT
application that participate in a standardized application service, the Department
of Testing Services will report your official scores to the application services.
At the completion of your testing appointment, you will receive an unofficial score
report at the Prometric Testing Center.