Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Program


Predental Requirements

Most students accepted by IUSD attain a bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment. The predental collegiate training may be taken at any accredited college or university in the United States. Required courses cannot be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. Special credit for required courses may be accepted if all portions of the course work (i.e., lecture, laboratory) have been properly evaluated and appear on official transcripts. Because details of courses offered in the various accredited colleges may vary, courses must be carefully considered when a program is planned, particularly in the fields of science. All prerequisite science courses, except biochemistry and physiology, require laboratories. Extra work in the areas of biology and chemistry is strongly encouraged.

Prior to matriculation at IUSD, applicants must complete a minimum of 90 semester (or 135 quarter) hours of which no more than 60 hours may be completed at the junior college level. The following predental requirements must be met in order to qualify for admission:

Two semesters or three quarters (minimum of 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours) of each of the following:

Biology or zoology, with laboratory
Inorganic chemistry, with laboratory
General physics, with laboratory

One semester or two quarters (minimum of 4 semester hours/6 quarter hours) of each of the following:

Organic chemistry, with laboratory
Anatomy, with laboratory

Three semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours of biochemistry and physiology lecture

One semester or one quarter (minimum of two semester hours/three quarter hours) of each of the following:

Introductory psychology
English composition

Courses in cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, solid art, business administration or personal finance, histology, and medical terminology are strongly recommended but not required. Likewise, a minor in anthropology, psychology, sociology, or Spanish is strongly encouraged. All incoming dental students must be familiar with computer usage.

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