University of Pittsburgh BradfordAcademics
Pre-Dentistry

Program Name: Pre-Dentistry

Program Designation: NA

Program Contact: Mulcahy, Mary
Merwine, David

Academic Division: Biological and Health Sciences

Program Description:

Do you want to be a dentist? Or, maybe you’d like to earn a living as a dental surgeon. If so, you will need a doctor of dental medicine or doctor of dental surgery degree. We offer you a couple of different ways to help you get there.

First, you can take advantage of an agreement we have with the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in Pittsburgh. Earn at least 90 credits on our campus. Then, if you meet all of the requirements, you will be admitted to Pitt’s dental school. Pitt will accept five of our students per year. 

Or, you can earn a four-year degree on our campus and then apply to another dental school. On our campus, you can choose any major. Most of our students who went on to dental school majored in biology. The next most common majors were chemistry and psychology.

Since each dental school may have other specific requirements, we will want check with the dental school of your choice before you finish your bachelor’s degree.

To be eligible for this special dental school admission, you need to meet stringent requirements. 

1. For admission to Pitt-Bradford you must:

  1. Complete at least 18 college-prep courses with four units each in English, social studies, mathematics, science with lab, and two units in foreign language
  2. Rank in the upper 20 percent of your high school graduating class
  3. Score 1100 or higher on the pre-2005 SAT, with a score of at least 560 in the SAT quantitative section; or 24 or higher on the ACT, with a 24 on the quantitative section
  4. Complete an application for admission, supplemented by a detailed personal statement concerning a career in dentistry and two letters of reference from high school teachers or counselors.
  5. Receive a favorable recommendation from the Pitt-Bradford Health Related Professions Committee.

2. Meet the following standards while earning 90 or more credits at Pitt-Bradford:

  1. Achieve a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) at the end of the first year of study.
  2. Achieve a major and cumulative GPA of 3.25 at the end of the second and third years of study.
  3. Complete and receive a 3.00 GPA in the following courses:
    ENG 0101 and 0102 English Composition I and II
    BIOL 0101 Introduction to Biodiversity
    BIOL 0102 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
    CHEM 0101 and 0102 General Chemistry I and II
    CHEM 0206, 0207, 0208, and 0209 Organic Chemistry I and II with labs
    PHYS 0101 and 0102 Introduction to Physics I and II or PHYS 0201, 0202, 0203, and 0204 Foundation of Physics I and II with labs
  4. Complete other course requirements for general education and a major in an approved baccalaureate degree. (During your first term of enrollment, in consultation with your advisor, the course requirements will be detailed based on your intended major.)
  5. Compile a consistent record of participation and leadership in campus affairs.
  6. Demonstrate interest in dentistry by observing or working in a dental environment
  7. Be recommended by the vice president and dean of academic affairs and the Health Related Professions Committee at Pitt-Bradford.
  8. Attend the professional day each year at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dental Medicine.

3. Attain Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) scores acceptable to the dental school.

Students who are admitted to the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dental Medicine at the end of their third year and upon earning a minimum of 90 credits on our campus may earn their bachelor of science upon satisfactory completion of the first year of dental school.

Students who withdraw from this special program are eligible to apply, without prejudice, directly to the School of Dental Medicine under the prevailing admission requirements and standards.

What can you do with a degree in Pre-Dentistry.

Additional Information:

University of Pittsburgh Freshman Guarantee for University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine