Dental School Preparation Programs


High school and undergraduate college students can get a head start on dental school with two unique programs:

Building Bridges

Building Bridges participantsBuilding Bridges to a Career in Dentistry provides students from under-represented and disadvantaged communities with an opportunity to develop the skills needed to compete, enter, and graduate from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. As part of this program, we offer an intensive Summer Dental School Experience.

Dental School Prep Course

Prep course studentsSpend a weekend in the shoes of a dental student, receiving instruction from dental school professors and completing exercises learned in dental school. Course participants have a great opportunity to use the DentSim units, which are the most advanced simulation interactive multimedia learning environment for dental training and practice.

Pre-Dental Club

The Pre-Dental Club is a University of Minnesota undergraduate club for students interested in dentistry. The group hosts monthly meetings, volunteer opportunities and speakers. This club is affiliated with Student Union and Activities (SUA) at the University of Minnesota. For questions about the group, please email