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Dental Medicine - Curriculum

"Dental medicine is a health service specifically concerned with the establishment, maintenance, restoration, and improvement of the health, function, and appearance of the oral cavity and its associated parts, in their interrelations with other parts and with the individual as a whole.This includes the recognition of oral disease and of the oral signs of systemic disease; the prevention and treatment of oral diseases, injuries, malformations, and deficiencies; the repair of teeth when damaged by accident or disease; and their replacement when lost. The field of dental medicine is comparable with dermatology, laryngology, ophthalmology, and otology; and its social importance and opportunities are at least as great."( University of Pennsylvania School of dental Medicine Bulletin)

The modern dentist is, thus, trained to practice preventive dentistry, and the dental-school curriculum prepares the student to treat the many complicated and related diseases of the body as they relate to the mouth. For this reason, dental schools expect essentially the same premedical preparation as medical schools, and the predental student should follow a program similar to the premedical program. The book Your Future in Dentistry is available on loan from the Predental Advisor.

Some dental school catalogues may claim that a baccalaureate degree is not necessary for admission, or that two or three years of undergraduate training are sufficient. Only in very unusual circumstances, however, will dental schools accept candidates without the degree. Hence, predental students are advised to complete their undergraduate work.

There is no prescribed curriculum for students in predental studies. Rather, the student should select any major within the colleges at the University and be sure to include the following course-sequence as well as those courses required for the major.


Year I
Chemistry CH 110-111 College Chemistry 8 credits
Mathematics M 144-145 Calculus* 8 credits
Biology BIO 122-123 Biological Science or BIO 112-113 8 credits
Premed Studies PPS 100*** 1 credit

Year II
Chemistry CH 230-231 Organic Chemistry 8 credits
Physics PHY 120-121 Introductory Physics or PHY 112-(113 or 114) College Physics** 8 credits
Biology BIO 252 Cell Biology or BIO 272-273 Genetics with Lab 4 credits
Premed Studies PPS 200*** 1 credit

Year II
Premed Studies PPS 300*** 1 credit

*Calculus is not required by all medical-professions programs.
**Chemistry majors take Phy 112 and Phy 114. Students majoring in non-science disciplines can enroll in physics in their junior year.
***While PPS courses are not required, these courses are extremely valuable in assisting in the application process!

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