Pre-Dental Student Timeline

Since the decision to enter dentistry occurs at a variety of points in an individual’s life, pre-dental students often follow different timelines in preparing for dental school.

Generally speaking, you should complete the general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and math requirements prior to taking the DAT. In particular, it is recommended that you take the DAT right after you finish organic chemistry so it’s fresh in your mind. You should plan on taking the DAT by early fall of the year prior to matriculating. For example, you should take the DAT by September 2017 if you are applying for the fall 2018 class.

Note: You don’t have to take your DAT prior to applying. However, you should have a projected date when filling out the application.

Here’s one example of a timeline some students follow:

Year 1

  • Begin biology and composition courses
  • Complete general chemistry and math requirements
  • Talk with dental professionals and explore dentistry through observation and participation in patient care
  • Get involved with extracurricular activities on campus - pick those that are of most interest to you
  • Get involved with volunteer/community service activities that focus on providing one-to-one service

Year 2

  • Complete biology, organic chemistry, and psychology requirements
  • Register for DAT and take at the end of spring semester or by the fall
  • Continue to explore dentistry
  • Stay involved with extracurricular activities on campus - pick those that are of most interest to you
  • Stay involved with volunteer/community service activities that focus on providing one-to-one service

Year 3

  • Complete physics, English, and biochemistry requirements
  • Apply to dental school through AADSAS as early as June 1, 2017 for the fall 2018 class and submit all necessary materials
  • Complete the U of M School of Dentistry Supplemental Application, which is available as of June 1, 2017
  • Continue to explore dentistry
  • Stay involved with extracurricular activities on campus - pick those that are of most interest to you
  • Stay involved with volunteer/community service activities that focus on providing one-to-one service

Year 4

  • Complete any remaining required courses
  • Take two or more recommended elective courses
  • Continue to explore dentistry
  • Stay involved with extracurricular activities on campus - pick those that are of most interest to you
  • Stay involved with volunteer/community service activities that focus on providing one-to-one service