Dentistry

Center of Pre-Health Professions

Pre-health is a career track at ACU and not a major. CPHP students are allowed to select any major on campus to earn a degree in while also working toward their professional goals in a health-service field. The most common majors pursued by our students are biology, biochemistry, kinesiology, nutrition and animal science.

Pre-health is a career track at ACU and not a major. CPHP students are allowed to select any major on campus to earn a degree in while also working toward their professional goals in a health-service field. The most common majors pursued by our students are biology, biochemistry, kinesiology, nutrition and animal science.

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About Dentistry

Advances in dental research – including genetic engineering, the discovery of links between oral and systemic diseases, the development of salivary diagnostics and the continued development of new materials and techniques – make dentistry an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession. Today’s dentists are highly sophisticated health professionals who provide a wide range of oral health care that contributes to the general health and quality of their patients’ lives. Develop your passion for dentistry in CPHP.

 

 

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Considerations

  • All dental schools require candidates to take the DAT. The computerized test may be taken on virtually any day of the year. The test is designed to measure general academic ability in Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability. It is usually taken in the spring of your junior year, and no later than the summer between your junior and senior year.
  • Current estimated expenses for Texas residents completing four years of dental school range from $80,000 to $95,000 with non-residents ranging from $125,000 to $140,000.There are 245 seats available each year in Texas dental schools, with over 1,000 applicants applying for those seats.
  • UTHSCSA has an early admissions program (DEAP) that allows ACU students meeting the program’s criteria to apply during the spring semester of their freshman year. If accepted by UTHSCA Dental School and eligibility is maintained, the student will complete 104 hours at ACU for the Health Professions Cooperative degree and then will enter dental school. After completion of the first year of dental school, the participating student will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree from ACU.
  • Competitive applicants for dental school will have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and a 20 on both sections of the DAT.
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Course Prerequisites

  • Biological Sciences: 14 hrs (BIOL 355)
  • General Chemistry: 8 hrs (CHEM 131/133, CHEM 132/134)
  • Organic Chemistry: 8 hrs (CHEM 223/221, CHEM 324/322)
  • Biochemistry: 3 hrs (CHEM 453)
  • Physics: 8 hrs (PHYS 110/111, PHYS 112/113)
  • Statistics: 3 hrs ( BIOL 483 – recommended, MATH 123 or 377)
  • English: 6 hrs

Suggested courses: General Biology (8hrs.), Microbiology, Advanced Anatomy, Histology, Immunology, Cell biology, Genetics, Biochemistry I and II, Neuroscience andMolecular genetics