Biological Sciences

Pre-Dentistry at Michigan Tech

The pre-dentistry program at Michigan Tech affords students valuable post-graduation flexibility. Pre-dentistry students generally pursue the bachelor's degree in biological sciences, which is excellent preparation for a variety of health-related careers. If you later decide to enter another profession, you'll find you have many options.

Pre-Health Professions Advising

Nicole Seigneurie

  • Health Professions Coordinator
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At Michigan Tech, in addition to working with your Academic Advisor, you will have the opportunity to work under the guidance of the health professions coordinator who is here to assist you with:

  • choosing the professional health career that is right for you;
  • navigating the application process and developing a timeline that works best for you;
  • understanding all of the requirements for the pre-health professional schools of your choice;
  • selecting courses that will help you meet program prerequisites;
  • obtaining shadowing and volunteering experiences in the area;
  • preparing for other requirements such as entrance exams and well-written personal statements;
  • answering any questions you might have about applying to pre-health professional schools!

Requirements for Entry into Dental School

The mean grade point average of students entering dental school is 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale), with the realistic minimum being about 3.0. Dental schools also consider your performance on the Dental Aptitude Test.

Dental schools do not require a specific major of their applicants. However, they all require that you complete certain college courses on your way to earning a degree. The course requirements for Michigan's two dental schools are one year of study in each of the following areas:

  • Biology with lab
  • Introductory chemistry with lab
  • Organic chemistry with lab
  • Physics with lab
  • English composition

If you are planning to enter an out-of-state dental school, contact the health professions coordinator to make sure your curriculum meets its entry requirements.

Many dental schools expect applicants to have had some exposure to dentistry. Although they don't make it a specific prerequisite, it is recommended you contact your dentist and ask to observe his or her practice (often called "shadowing") for several days. This will give you the insights you will need to decide if a career in dentistry is right for you.

A Few Facts about Dentistry

  • In 2009, the average net income of private practitioners was $192,680, while the average net income of dental specialists was $305,820.
  • According to a Gallup Poll, dentists are the third-most-respected professionals in America, ranking higher than physicians, clergy, or lawyers.
  • The average income of dentists is in the top 8 percent of US family income.
  • On average, dentists work about 37 hours per week, spending almost 34 hours caring for patients.