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Pre-Dentistry at the University of Iowa
















Students planning on entering a dental college program after completing undergraduate coursework should declare pre-Dentistry and work with a pre-Dentistry advisor at the Academic Advising Center. If you currently do not have a pre-Dentistry advisor, call the Center at 353-5700 and one will be assigned to you. If you already have a declared major and are working with a faculty advisor, you need to go to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Programs Office, 120 Schaeffer Hall, to declare pre-Dentistry.


Pre-Dentistry at The University of Iowa does not lead to an undergraduate degree; it is not a major. Students declaring pre-Dentistry are indicating that they wish to pursue the pre-requisites to enter the dental college of their choice either after completing an undergraduate degree or after completing a minimum of 90 semester hours along with the pre-requisite courses. For information on the minimum pre-requisite courses for The University of Iowa College of Dentistry, visit their web site at:


The University of Iowa College of Dentistry


The following courses also are recommended highly:


A Calculus course
A Biochemistry course (99:110 suggested)
An Anatomy course (e.g., 27:53 Human Anatomy)
A course in Physiology (several choices exist in various departments)


For an opportunity to meet with other pre-Dentistry students, you can join the pre-Dentistry Club. This club usually meets three to four times a semester. For information on their schedule for the current semester, contact Elaine Brown in the Office of Student Admissions, 335-7157.


The American Dental Education Association--ADEA (formally known as the Associated American Dental Schools Application Service--AADSAS) has information on the application process and on the Dental Admissions Test (the DAT) for all member Dental Schools in this country.


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