What courses that I might not think of, should I consider to prepare for a dental education?
Music and art courses: Dentists need excellent manual dexterity to complete their work in the mouth. Courses in these areas can help develop that skill set.
Business courses including accounting and marketing: Many dentists go into private practice, and need to know about how to manage a business as well as how to treat dental conditions.
What are the different paths of admission to University of Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine?
There are two different paths towards admission to University of Buffalo's School of Dental Medicine.
1. Early admission: You can apply to the University of Buffalo after completing your sophomore year at SLU (applications are due in late May or early June). In order to qualify for this program, you need to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 and have completed the following coursework:
- 2 semesters of English including composition
- 2 semesters General, inorganic chemistry (including laboratory)
- 2 semesters Organic Chemistry (including laboratory)
- 2 semesters General Biology (including laboratory)
- 2 semesters General Physics (including laboratory)
- 1 semester Biochemistry (does not require a laboratory component)
2. Regular admission: This is the typical admission process in which you apply to the University of Buffalo after your junior year, having completed all the prerequisites and have taken the DAT.
What resources do you recommend to help prepare for the DAT?
There are multiple resources and courses available to help you prepare for the DAT. It is definitely to your benefit to use professionally prepared materials (ie. DAT Destroyer) and begin your preparation during your junior fall semester.
Where can I get more information?
- ADEA American Dental Education Association
- ADA American Dental Association
- DAT Dental Admission Test
- ADEA AADSAS ADEA’s Association of American Dental Schools Application Service