Pre-dental students at JMU typically obtain a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree while completing the requirements for admission to dental school. Dental schools do not require or prefer a particular undergraduate major. Admissions committees welcome students whose intellectual curiosity leads them to a wide variety of disciplines. Select a major based on your interests and aptitudes --you will do much better work and achieve better grades if you choose a major with this in mind. Besides, your academic major will help guide your career planning should you decide not to apply or if you are not accepted to dental school.
Dental schools have different requirements for admission and you will need to become knowledgeable about individual requirements as soon as possible. In addition to meaningful exposure and experience in health care settings, dental schools recognize the importance of a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. Thus, applicants must complete course requirements and demonstrate proficiency in the sciences as evidenced by the science GPA and scores on the DAT.
Please consult Heather Patterson, Advisor of the Pre-dentistry Program, for more specific information.
- JMU Pre-Dentistry Advising Information Sheet (PDF)
- JMU Pre-Professional Health Programs Pre-Requisite Coursework (PDF)
- American Dental Education Association (ADEA) GoDental!
- ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools
- Dental Admission Test (DAT)