Pre-Dentistry

Dentistry is the health profession that deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the teeth and adjacent tissues. Most dentists are general practitioners, but there are several specialties recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). At least two years of college training is required before a person can be admitted to a dental school in the United States. During these two years, the pre-dentistry students should develop a strong science background and excellent communication skills. Courses, which are usually required for admission to dental schools include English, biology, chemistry and physics. A four-year course of study is required at most dental colleges. The curriculum includes both basic science and clinical study. There are fifty-two accredited dental schools in the United States and are usually associated with medical schools at large universities. Before dentists can enter private practice, they must pass a licensing examination in the state in which they intend to practice.

Course Schedule

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
BIO-112 General Biology I
4.0
CHM-165 General Chemistry I
4.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
BIO-113 General Biology II
4.0
CHM-175 General Chemistry II
4.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
MAT-156 Statistics I
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
PHY-162 College Physics I
4.0
CHM-261 Organic Chemistry I
4.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BIO-186 Microbiology w/lab
4.0
CHM-271 Organic Chemistry II
4.0
PHY-172 College Physics II
4.0
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 67.0

*Suggested High School courses are:
Biology, Chemistry, Algebra, Advanced Math, Trigonometry, Calculus

**Recommended General Education Courses:
PHI-145 Intro to Ethical Conflict
MAT-210 Calculus I
ART-101 Art Appreciation
SOC-200 Minority Group Relations
CLS-181 American Diversity
History Courses

Instructors

Jenny Shivers 515-574-1292 shivers@iowacentral.edu Associate
Tracy Crippin-Haake 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu Associate
Dr. Anne Macek-Lachelt 515-574-1246 lachelt@iowacentral.edu Instructor
Jennifer Condon 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu Dean