- Students pursuing this program are assigned to the pre-dental adviser who assists students in selecting the courses required or recommended for admission into dental school. Students must declare a major sometime during their freshman year. Although the choice of major is not restricted and students should choose a major that will interest them and provide a possible career for them, most pre-dental students graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology, biochemistry or chemistry. Such majors not only provide the necessary prerequisites for dental school but also ensure the student has a strong science background. A pre-dental handbook is available from the pre-dental adviser.
- Northern Michigan University has a pre-dental advisory board made up of practicing dentists and professors which aversees the pre-dental program. Board members provide information about application procedures to dental school, the dental profession and the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). The board may also prepare a letter of evaluation that assesses the suitability of a student for the profession. The letter is written when a student is granted a board interview and is based on the students GPA, DAT score and references.
- Regardless of major selected at NMU, students should complete the following courses in preparation for dental school:
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*These courses are to be completed in addition to those required for any particular major. Students majoring in biology/physiology, chemistry or biochemistry will be taking most of these courses in their major. The remaining courses listed are recommended.