The predental requirements are similar but not exactly the same at U.S. dental schools. The requirements of the Indiana University School of Dentistry are summarized below since a large majority of Franklin College predental students are Indiana residents and make that school their first choice. The course requirements for other schools are listed in the current edition of “Admissions Requirements of U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools”, which can be checked out from Dr. Browder. Indiana University School of Dentistry requirements for admission (courses in parentheses are the Franklin College Courses that satisfy these requirements)
ALL SCIENCE COURSES, EXCEPT BIOCHEMISTRY, MUST INCLUDE LABORATORIES
In addition to the above courses, the following courses are strongly recommended but not required by I.U. Dental School: genetics, molecular biology, hands-on art courses (i.e. ceramics), and business management.
The DAT exam and a minimum of 90 semester hours is required for admission.
The predental student may select any major field offered by the college. While the majority of students select Biology or Chemistry, dental schools do not express a preference for any major. The minimum predental course requirements in science should be completed in the first three years if possible because most predental students take the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) in the spring of the Junior year.
A better than average academic record is a necessity for predental students. The following information is taken from the Indiana University School of Dentistry Bulletin.