Pre-Dentistry

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.

Selecting Majors
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-dental prerequisites so that students are ready to apply to the dental schools.

Receive Advising

Email the Health Professions Office 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. Drs. Curtis Henderson and Paul Lewis co-sponsor the Pre-Dental Society (PDS). They meet monthly and students will enjoy presentations from dentists, tour dental schools and participate in dental-related community service projects. Please contact Dr. Henderson or Dr. Lewis for more information.

Receiving Letters of Evaluation for application to dental school

Students must acquire a letter(s) of evaluation as part of their application package. The letter(s) can be in either of two forms.

  • Composite Letter of Evaluation Package

    The Composite Letter of Evaluation Package is preferred by the professional schools. This package contains comments by the science faculty, advisors, and evaluations performed by the Applicant Evaluation Committee. In order to obtain this letter, an HBU student must:  

     

    1. Complete 30 semester hours at HBU of which 16 hrs. are science courses.
    2. Complete 13 of the 14 pre-requisites courses (45 hrs. is the total required) listed in the table below. If 13 classes have not been completed, the student will be referred to the Medical Professions Advisory Committee for evaluation.
    3. Register with the Health Professions Office (Science 218 or hpo@hbu.edu) to indicate their intention to apply to medical/dental school. This registration should occur by February 1st of the application year.
    4. Attend the series of three workshops designed to acquaint students with the on-line health professions application services, the format of a successful personal statement and the expectations of the medical school faculty at the interview.
    5. Attend a 30 minute scheduled interview with the Applicant Evaluation Committee during the spring semester prior to application.

     

    HBU courses to satisfy Texas medical and dental schools requirements

    Texas Required Prerequisites Possible Pre-requisites
    BIOL 2454 General Biology I: SAT/ACT/hrs. requirement
    BIOL 2455 General Biology II: BIOL 2454
    BIOL 3301 Cellular and Molecular Biology BIOL 2455 and CHEM 2415
    4 hour Biology elective with Lab (3444 recommended) BIOL 3301
    CHEM 2415 General Chemistry I SAT/ACT/MATH 1313
    CHEM 2416 General Chemistry II CHEM 2415
    CHEM 3131 Organic Chemistry Laboratory CHEM 3313/concurrent
    CHEM 3313 Organic Chemistry I CHEM 2416
    CHEM 3132 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory CHEM 3333/concurrent
    CHEM 3333 Organic Chemistry II CHEM 3313
    CHEM 4373 Biochemistry (required by some medical and dental schools) CHEM 3333
    MATH 3304 Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences MATH 1434
    PHYS 1416 General Physics I      OR

    PHYS 2413 Principles of Physics I (if required for major)         

    MATH 1434

    MATH 1451

    PHYS 1417 General Physics II     OR

    PHYS 2423 Principles of Physics II (if required for major)

    PHYS 1416

    PHYS 2413

  • Individual Evaluation Letter Package

    If a student chooses to submit an Individual Letter of Evaluation, the link directly from application website should be emailed to the evaluator.

Our Successes

HBU alumni can be found in many dental schools across the country 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 2017 was 3.68, and the average DAT score for admitted students was a 20.9 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.