All prerequisite courses should be completed by the spring term, prior to matriculation to dental school. The minimum course prerequisites for admission to Penn Dental Medicine include:
One year of biology with corresponding laboratory training (a minimum of two semesters of college biology or zoology). Advanced courses in anatomy, microbiology, and physiology are highly recommended.
Three semesters of chemistry with corresponding laboratory training (including inorganic chemistry and at least one semester of organic chemistry). Additional work in organic and physical chemistry is recommended.
One year of English, leading to competence in the use of the English language. Acceptable courses include speech, composition, literature, technical and business writing, and other writing intensive courses. Credit for writing intensive courses will be considered if written documentation is submitted to Penn Dental Medicine’s Office of Admissions for review. Submit documentation with Supplemental Application.
One semester of mathematics — although calculus is preferred, any college-level math course, including statistics is acceptable.
One year of physics, covering the basic principles of classical physics.
One semester of biochemistry; no lab is required.
- Advanced Placement (AP) course work can be credited towards predental requirements as long as the credit appears on your official college transcript.
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