Pre-Dental Timeline

There is not a specific timeline for many of the activities that are required for dental school, but we recommend that all predental students look over the timeline provided below and modify it to fit their individual schedules and goals.

Freshman year

  • Focus on coursework and how to be a successful college student
  • Work on earning a strong GPA
  • Learn how to study
  • Begin working on prerequisite courses, especialy biology and chemistry (we do not
    recommend that you take biology, chemistry and physics together during
    freshman year)  Many predental students take BIO 110 and BIO 111 as well as
    CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 during their freshman year.
  • Begin community service
  • Shadow a dentist in a field of dentistry that interests you
  • Research various medical careers and define what interests you about the field
  • Remember to relax and enjoy the college experience

Sophomore year

  • Continue to focus on doing well in your courses.  Maintain a strong GPA.
  • Many predental students take CHEM 331 and CHEM332 as well as PHYS 220 and PHYS
    221 during their sophomore year although some will wait until the junior year to take the physics courses.
  • Continue community service
  • Look for leadership opportunities
  • Start or continue clinical experience; shadowing, volunteering or paid
  • Meet with the prehealth advisor
  • Look for research opportunities
  • Consider who to ask for letters of recommendation
  • Research prep courses for the DAT

Junior year

  • Continue to maintain a strong GPA
  • Finish your science prerequisites
  • Continue community service
  • Continue clinical experience
  • Continue leadership activities
  • Conduct research in your major
  • Study for the DAT
  • Take the DAT – after you have finished the science prerequisites
  • Obtain letters of recommendation
  • Work on your personal essay – attend a personal essay writing workshop
  • Fill out AADSAS or TMDSAS (for Texas Dental Schools)
  • Submit AADSAS and apply to dental school in June or July
  • Submit letters of recommendation

Senior year

  • Prepare for interviews – attend an interview workshop
  • Continue to maintain a strong GPA
  • Ensure that you have fulfilled all required prerequisites
  • Continue community service, leadership activities and clinical experience
  • Submit letters of recommendation if you have not already done so
  • Prepare a “Plan B” in case you are not accepted this year
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