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Pre-Dentistry Resources


Career Exploration

  • Visit the American Dental Assocation (ADA) page to examine specialty options for dentists. The ADA also has a link to information on financing your dental education.

  • Shadowing: It is recommended, and actually required by some schools, that you shadow/observe dental professionals. We encourage you to shadow your own primary dentist as well as additional primary dentists and dental specialists. Ask your dentist for suggestions. Also, visit the ADA site on mentoring.

  • Related Careers: vist the ADA page on careers related to dentistry.

  • The University of Minnesota offers the only Dental Therapy programs in the United States.

  • We encourage you to spend time exploring the other sections of the ADA website to familiarize yourself with current issues within the profession.


Applying to Dental School


  • The Pre-Professional Advising Center offers application workshops spring semester for upcoming dental school applicants. Contact the PPAC for details.

  • The ADA has information on the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), a link to all DMD/DDS programs and more.

  • The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) offers a wealth of information for pre-dentistry students and is the portal to AADSAS, the Associated American Dental Schools Application Services.

  • The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) offers membership to pre-dentistry students.