Calvin's pre-dental program will prepare you not only for acceptance into some of the best dental schools in the country, but also to be a compassionate and well-rounded healthcare provider. Whether you're interested in general dentistry or in a dental specialty, a liberal arts education at Calvin can help you achieve your goals.
As a pre-dental student at Calvin, you'll have the flexibility to pursue any major as you complete the courses required for dental school. These classes include a range of chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics. You will also meet regularly with the pre-dental faculty advisor to plan your path to dentistry school.
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Pre-dental club; Laboratory assisting in Biology or Chemistry; Work on ecosystem restoration projects; International Health and Development Club
Students planning to apply to medical or dental schools should consult R.Nyhof of the Biology department, faculty advisor for the pre-medical and pre-dental programs. Students should also note the general college core requirements listed under the core curriculum. For basic information regarding timelines, requirements, etc., Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental students should consult the Pre-Med/Dental website, using the A-Z index on Calvin?s home page.
A student may select any major concentration and still meet the entrance requirements for all medical and dental schools. However, nationwide the majority of the applicants to medical and dental schools are science majors.
For those students not majoring in biology, the minimum science requirements for entrance into nearly all medical or dental schools are met by the following:
Because of the changes in the Biology department core curriculum, students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL-331 Comparative Animal and Human Physiology or BIOL-206 Human Physiology to better prepare them for MCATs and DATs.
Because a few schools have unique requirements, students should consult with R.Nyhof to determine specific requirements of the schools to which they intend to apply.
Pre-medical and pre-dental students normally take their Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or Dental Admissions Test (DAT) in the spring of their junior year and should apply for admission to medical or dental schools during the early summer prior to their senior year.
Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2012-13 academic year.
Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Pre-Dentistry as a:
Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for: