Aurora University

Dentistry (Pre)

Why study Pre-Dentistry?

Dentists spend their days making people’s lives better by relieving their pain, improving their appearance and self-confidence, and preventing disease. Oral health has a direct relationship to overall health, meaning dentists are trained to diagnose and treat conditions that can range from routine to very complex. As a dentist, you can be your own boss and choose any number of specializations.

Why study Pre-Dentistry at AU?

As a Pre-Dentistry student at Aurora University, you will major in Health Science, acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the ever-changing field of health care. You will also enroll in the Pre-Dentistry program, which offers a curated collection of prerequisite courses necessary to be accepted into dental school.

To help you navigate your academic career and prepare for dental school, AU offers one-on-one guidance with our own Pre-Medical Professions Advisor C.J. Chen. A longtime biology professor at AU, Chen is an expert in the application process for health profession schools. Internship opportunities are also available so you can experience, first hand, what it is like to practice dental medicine.

At AU, you will also have an opportunity to participate in research, a step that will enhance your dental school application. AU offers students unique opportunities to conduct laboratory research with expert faculty in the field. Developing research experience deepens your understanding of what you learn in the classroom and prepares you with the skills to succeed in dental school. Advanced coursework prepares you for the Dental Admission Test (DAT) examination and the dental school application process.

How much education is required to become a dentist?

After you earn your undergraduate degree, you need to attend dental school for four years, then pass the National Board Dental Examinations and a state or regional clinical examination. Additional post-graduate training is required if you want to specialize.

Earn your Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

AU Pre-Dentistry students who meet the admission requirements have the opportunity to reserve a seat at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)—the nation’s largest medical school and the only osteopathic academic health system in the U.S.

Aurora University’s affiliation with LECOM’s Early Acceptance Program allows qualified students to be accepted into the D.M.D. program while they are still an undergraduate at AU. Most students will spend four years at AU and four years at LECOM. Students may apply for early admittance to LECOM’s program as a high school senior or an AU freshman or sophomore (having earned less than 65 credit hours). LECOM’s D.M.D. program is available in Florida. Students interested in this program should contact AU's Pre-Medical Professions Advisor. To learn more about LECOM's early acceptance program, click here.

Pre-Dentistry Curriculum
  • Advanced Academic Writing
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology of Cells
  • Biology of Organisms
  • Microbiology
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Physics I
  • Physics II
Campus Opportunities
  • AU Science Organization
  • Healthcare Professionals of the Future
  • Mu Sigma Pi Pre-Health Service Club
$164,010

2020 annual median salary for dentists

8%

2020-2030 projected job growth rate

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Experiential learning

Experiential learning

You will have the opportunity to complete an internship, clinical, or field experience at a dental facility. AU’s pre-medical professions advisor will work with you to find internships in the dental field that fit with your interests so you can experience your targeted profession first hand. You will also have the unique opportunity to conduct laboratory research with faculty, preparing you with the skills to succeed in dental school.

Internship sites

  • All Brite Family Dental
  • Staten Dentistry
  • Valley View Dental

Where AU graduates attend medical school

  • Nova Southeastern University Florida
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Utah