The Pre-Dentistry program is one of HBU’s Health Professions Programs. It is designed to help prepare you to apply to dental schools. The state of Texas has three dental schools which have designated the following set of prerequisite courses. Students must take these courses before being qualified to apply for admissions.
Please be aware that pre-dentistry is not a major. You should select a major based on your area of interest, but science majors are recommended in order to satisfy the prerequisite courses while you pursue your HBU degree. Biochemistry-Molecular Biology, Biology and Chemistry majors are especially compatible with the above designated courses and are recommended by the Health Professions Office. Additional elective courses, beyond those needed for graduation, are necessary to complete all the pre-medical prerequisites so that students are ready to apply to medical schools.
Dr. Taiya Fabre is the Health Professions Program Faculty Liaison. She is available for advising and questions on selecting majors, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, community service and clinical experience by e-mail or by making an appointment.
Meet with other Pre-Dental students
HBU has a student group for all students interested in a career in dentistry. The Pre-Dental Society meets monthly and students will enjoy presentations from dentists, tour dental schools and participate in dental-related community service projects. Please contact Dr. Kari Savannah, faculty sponsor, for more information.
Composite Letter of Evaluation Package
This type is the one preferred by the professional schools. This package contains comments by the science faculty, advisers, and evaluations performed by the Applicant Evaluation Committee. In order to obtain this letter, an HBU student must:
- Complete 30 semester hours at HBU, of which 16 are science courses.
- Complete 13 of the 14 prerequisite courses (46 hrs is the total required) listed in the table above. If 13 classes have not been completed, the student will be referred to the Medical Professions Advisory Committee for evaluation and comments to be included in the Evaluation Package.
- Attend a 30-minute scheduled interview with the Applicant Evaluation Committee during the spring semester prior to application. In addition to these requirements, students are highly encouraged to attend the series of three workshops designed to acquaint students with the online Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service, the format of a successful personal statement, and the expectations of the medical school faculty at the interview. These workshops are held before the practice interview and will prepare students for success.
Individual Evaluation Letter Package
This type can be used in lieu of the Composite Package, if the student cannot attend the interview/ workshops or register in advance, as required above. This package consists of three individual recommendation letters from faculty members, a cover letter by the Health Professions Office and may also include a letter from a health care professional. To obtain this letter, a student must:
- Complete 24 semester hours at HBU, of which 16 are science courses.
- Register with the Health Professions Office and turn in the two recommendation letters, obtained from professors in your major. We recommend that you include at least one science professor.
HBU alumni can be found in many dental schools across the county such as
- The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School
- Baylor College of Dentistry
- Tufts School of Dental Medicine
- Howard University
“HBU was the perfect environment for me to pursue my dream of becoming a dentist. I had passionate professors and Health Professions Program advisors who took the time to answer all my questions whether they were about schoolwork, dental applications, or dental school interviews. I had many opportunities on campus to grow as a leader through my involvement with the Pre-Dental Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, and The Collegian and made lasting friendships in the process. The Christian environment helped me deepen my relationship with God, especially when my professors and advisors would tell my classmates and me that they were praying for us. I can list many other instances like this where the Health Professions Program advisors and my professors at HBU went above the call of duty to help me in my dream of becoming a dentist, and I am grateful for their dedication.”
Brittany Tran, University of Texas, Dental Branch at Houston
How can I be a strong candidate for Dental school?
Two-Step Process for Acceptance
After the application is submitted, competitive students will be invited to move to the second step, the interview. GPA and DAT scores are most often used to choose students to advance to the interview. The average GPA for students admitted to Texas dental schools in 2015 was 3.63, and the average DAT score for admitted students was a 20.4 Academic Average and a 20.2 Perceptual Ability score. Competitive students are encouraged to fulfill all course prerequisites during their first two-and-a-half years, take the DAT by the spring of their junior year, and apply to medical school during the summer after their junior year. If students do not have a competitive GPA and DAT score, we recommend postponing application until the student gains competitive scores.
- Clinical Experience. Dental schools are looking for evidence that you are already involved in dental service. Begin by attending dental events with the Pre-Dental Society. Add shadowing a dentist for further exposure to the field.
- Participate in Campus Activities. Dental schools will be interested in what you did during your undergraduate years inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to Pre-Dental Society, participate in Student Government, student groups, service organizations or any other area where you have an interest.
- Leadership experience. Dental schools will want to know about your leadership experience so become a leader in PDS, a Scout leader, a leader in your place of worship or your community.
- Research. Students at HBU can apply for an opportunity to do research with a professor during their junior and senior years. If you are interested, talk to your science professors or apply to a summer research program.