Pre-Dentistry Program

Preparing you for admission into any dental program

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About The Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Pre-Dentistry Program

As a dentist, you’ll provide care that has a lasting impact on patients’ health and well-being as well as their smiles. While pre-dentistry itself isn’t a major, we’ll match you with a degree program and the necessary coursework required to prepare you for admission  to a school of dentistry. Whether you want to work alongside colleagues or open your own dental practice, our program will help you gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for success in this rewarding career path.


Northern's placement rate into dental school for the past five years is 83 percent - see what our graduates have to say about the advantages of earning their undergraduate degree at Northern!


Wondering if this program is for you? 

This program will be a good fit if you are:

  • Passionate about dentistry
  • Detail-oriented
  • Comfortable working with people in close proximity
  • Easy to talk to
  • A good communicator
  • Good with time management
  • A problem-solver
  • Flexible/adaptable

With a degree in dentistry, your career opportunities will include:

  • Dental hygienist
  • Dentist
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
  • Orthodontist
  • Prosthodontist
  • Dental laboratory technician

The NSU WolfPACT is the highest guaranteed, four-year scholarship in the region. But that isn't the only scholarship available at Northern. Click here to learn about other scholarship opportunities!

Plans of Study 
Program Success/Outcomes 
  • Dental graduate school acceptance rate is 83 percent. 

          Source: College of Arts and Sciences, 2015-2019

Suggested Majors and Minors 

Students in our pre-dentistry program often major in:

And they often minor in:

Study Abroad 

Experience the world while earning your degree through NSU Study Abroad! With hundreds of opportunities available around the globe, Northern can make your study abroad dream become a reality. Learn more!

Undergraduate Research 

At Northern, you'll have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research that can have real-world impact - while still an undergraduate student. Now with our brand new, state-of-the-art Jewett Regional Science Education Center, the sky is truly the limit. Learn more!

Contact Information 

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