Pre-Dentistry

The Commission on Dental Accreditation and the American Dental Association set, as a minimum basis for admission to an approved dental school, the successful completion of two full years of academic work in an accredited college of liberal arts and sciences including the following minimum credit hours:

  • English (6 hours)
  • Biological sciences (8-12 hours)
  • General chemistry (8 hours)
  • Organic chemistry (4 hours)
  • Physics (8 hours)

If you are interested in a career in dentistry, you are advised to take an undergraduate major in either biology or chemistry, with a strong minor in the other field, if you desire to earn a Bachelor of Science degree prior to your admission to dental school. Most dental schools require a minimum of three years schooling for admission unless you are exceptionally well qualified. All applicants for admission to a school of dentistry are required to take the Dental Admission Test, which is given through the American Dental Association. It is advised that the candidate complete the Dental Admission Test at the earliest possible date within the year preceding the one when he or she wishes to begin dental studies. For information relating to any phase of this program, consult with your ENMU advisor.


Department of Biology
ENMU Station 33
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
800.FOR.ENMU (800.367.3668)
Phone: 575.562.2174
FAX: 575.562.2192

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