Why Study Pre-Dentistry
The Bachelor of Science in Biology/Health Professions Pre-Dentistry
concentration has a curricular focus for students who plan to enter a
dental program. Most pre-dentistry students are biology majors; however, pre-dentistry students can major in virtually any discipline. Pre-dentistry advisors work closely with you to:
- Schedule prerequisite courses required by dental programs
- Prepare for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT)
- Apply to dental school
Why Study Pre-Dentistry at Ship
Shippensburg University has a consistent record of placing qualified
students into dental programs. Pre-dentistry advisors maintain close
ties with regional dental schools by visiting their programs during the
summer months to stay current with admissions procedures and standards.
They attend conferences for health professions advisors where they meet
colleagues from other universities and share ideas. This ensures that
you receive accurate, current and comprehensive information. Our
pre-dentistry students are given “mock interviews” prior to applying to
dental schools. This experience provides you with interview practice and
gives the Health Professions Committee information to write a committee
letter of reference in support of the your application.
Faculty-directed undergraduate research
is highly encouraged at Shippensburg, and each year several biology
students present results of their research at regional, state or
You are encouraged to participate in internship experiences with
private and corporate practices and attend on-campus presentations by
visiting dental school admissions personnel.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
One hundred percent of all qualified Shippensburg University
pre-dental students have gained admission to dental programs over the
last decade. Students have matriculated to dental programs at University
of Maryland, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, Howard
University, University of Buffalo, and West Virginia University.
Successful completion of these dental programs can lead to rewarding careers for our students, including:
- Dental Assistant
- Dental Surgeon
The average salary for dental jobs in PA is $89,000.