Penn Dental Medicine seeks DMD applicants with a broad and strong educational background, who will have completed a four-year degree program prior to matriculation. While a foundation in science is desirable preparation for dental school, well-prepared candidates also possess course work in humanities, social science, and the arts. Non-science majors are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to those who have completed upper division science courses beyond the minimum requirements.
Applicants may apply to our program prior to the completion of predental requirements or other course work. All prerequisite courses should be completed by the spring term, prior to matriculation to dental school. Although there is no expiration date for prerequisite courses, applicants should consider new addtional course work to reinforce any knowledge gained previously.
Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) course work can be credited towards predental requirements as long as the credit appears on your official college transcript.
The minimum course prerequisites for admission include:
- Two semesters or three quarters of biology with corresponding laboratory training (a minimum of two semesters of college biology or zoology). Advanced courses in anatomy, microbiology, and physiology are highly recommended.
- Three semesters or five quarters of chemistry with corresponding laboratory training (including general/inorganic chemistry and at least one semester or two quarters of organic chemistry). Additional work in organic and physical chemistry is recommended.
- Two semesters or three quarters of English writing intensive courses, leading to competence in the use of the English language. Acceptable courses include speech, composition, literature, humanities courses, freshman writing seminars, technical and business writing, and other writing intensive courses used to meet your school’s writing requirement. Courses may be taken outside of the English department.
- One semester or two quarters of mathematics — although calculus is preferred, any college-level math course, including statistics is acceptable.
- Two semesters or three quarters of physics with corresponding laboratory training, covering the basic principles of classical physics.
- One semester or one quarter of biochemistry; no lab is required.