Dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D) is the medical profession devoted to maintaining the health of the teeth, gums and other hard and soft tissues in the oral cavity. Dentistry has changes drastically over the last few decades because of evolving dental technologies. The dentist is a medical practitioner and scientist functioning in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all oral diseases and conditions. Dental school is four years in length, with optional residencies in specialty areas of dentistry. The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is required of all applicants.

Minimum Required Courses

  • Biology
    BIO 123 Biology I
    BIO 222 Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
    CHM 111-112 General Chemistry
    CHM 201-202 Organic Chemistry
  • Physics
    PHY 101-102 General Physics
  • Mathematics
    1 or 2 semesters (depending on school)
  • English
    2 semesters

Special Considerations

  • Additional Courses
    • Courses in drawing and three-dimensional art
    • Psychology courses
    • Courses in interpersonal communication such as COM 100 and/or 104
  • Documented observation in a general practice dental office **Required**

Admissions Test

Dental Admissions Test (DAT)


Useful links

Ohio Dental Schools